Frequently Asked Questions


The Balloon Rally is FREE for all to enjoy.  Please support the festival through donations or food purchased at the Rotary Food Tent. 
Food, Beverages, Carnival, Helicopter and Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides all have separate charges. 


Due to safety concerns, drones (of any shape or size) are not permitted at Drake Field during the Balloon Rally. 

Helicopter Rides

Helicopter rides are $30 per person and are located at the Thyng Memorial on Barnstead Road. 

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Unfortunately rides in the Hot Air Balloons during launches are not available. However, tethered rides are available Friday and Saturday afternoons for $10 per person. Tethering means, the balloon is securely anchored to the ground and ascends a certain height above the ground. 


Handicap parking will be available on Barnstead Road and Fayette Street. All other parking is as available, please obey all parking rules within the town. 


Pets are not allowed at Drake Field during the Balloon Rally.  

No Smoking

Drake Field is school property, and therefore no person shall use any tobacco product, e-cigarette or liquid nicotine in any public educational facility or on the grounds of any public educational faiclity.  N.H. REV. STAT. ANN. § 126-K:7 (2010).