The 2019 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest will be here before you know it.

With just over three months to go, the Balloon Fest committee has a lot planned for this year’s event. The festival will be featuring live music, family-friendly activities, and of course hot air balloons.

The 2019 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest (COMBF) will take place August 22nd through the 25th and is also tripling the size of the craft and vendor fair, taking place Friday and Saturday during the festival and will showcase crafters from throughout the state.

A new logo and website were launched at the beginning of February.  The website has been completely redesigned to be more user friendly and easy to navigate and houses the schedule for this year’s festivities, balloon and pilot information, sponsor features, a photo gallery, vendor fair information, and more.

The COMBF has also confirmed 15 pilots are coming from near and far to take to the beautiful skies of Aroostook County.

One of the pilots, Wendell Purvis of Tallahassee, Florida, has been taking part in the COMBF nearly since its inception in 2004. Purvis flies the balloon well-known as Tracer, and admits that coming to Presque Isle is something he very much looks forward to each year. “Out of all the places in the world I could be, I’d rather be here. I plan my whole year around the time I’m going to be in Presque Isle."

For more information on the festival, visit, or follow the event on Facebook at Crown of Maine Balloon Fest. If you or someone you know is interested is taking part in the events or would like to be a sponsor, please reach out to

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