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Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns to Sussex County

Updated: Feb 28, 2019 2:06 PM
By Mallory Metzner


(MILFORD, Del.) - Sussex County will once again have a hot air balloon festival. The man who started the Milton Hot Air Balloon Festival is helping Sussex Academy host the festival this fall.
 
Dr. Charles Wagner and his wife started the Milton Hot Air Balloon Festival back in the 90's. Wagner says they ran it for about 13 years until he got sick and didn't have enough volunteers.
 
Now he's helping Sussex Academy bring it back to Sussex County as a school fundraiser. This time it will be held at the airport in Georgetown, which provides more space. 
 
WRDE caught up with Wagner at his home in Milford, where he keeps some of his old balloon gear and photos.
 
Wagner explains what it's like to fly. "Generally stay about 1200 feet, get the lay of the land, where we're going, what direction, and then we'll use the lower layers to redirect the flights exactly where we want to go. I mean you know you want to go from point a to point b, but you don't know where point b is, so you try to sort of narrow it in," he says.
 
Wagner says we can expect balloonists from Delaware and beyond to bring 15-20 balloons. This two-day festival will consist of a variety of vendors and crafts as well.
 
The festival is set for September 14th and 15th. Wagner advises those interested in flying in the hot air balloons to pre-register. He says online registration will likely open this summer.



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