Hudson Hot Air Affair :: Media Information

Media Note: 

For more information or interviews, please contact Evy Nerbonne at 715-222-5375 or Carla Timmerman at 715-220-9550.  Media interested in balloon flights during the 2017 Hudson Hot Air Affair should contact Nerbonne as soon as possible to reserve a spot during a flight.


Hudson Hot Air Affair Featured in Tourism Interview

Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett’s weekly radio interview with WTMJ 620 Milwaukee from Wednesday, January 3, 2018. In the interview, she featured the Hudson Hot Air Affair. The full interview can be heard at https://www.wtmj.com/shows/travel-wisconsin/travel-wisconsin-winter-activities.


Western Wisconsin Journal – 2018 Hudson Hot Air Affair Preview

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For addition coverage of the Hot Air Affair, check out the River Channel’s Hot Air Affair playlist on YouTube.  Thank you River Channel-Hudson/North Hudson Community Access TV.

2018 Press Releases and Photos:

For Immediate Release:

January 18, 2018

Hudson Hot Air Affair Flying Football Fundraiser 

Here is an opportunity to win $100, enjoy some football fun with flying pigskins, plus raise money for a good cause!

Hot Air Affair is hosting a fun new fundraiser for Hudson Police Explorers. Here is how this new fundraiser works. You make a donation to Hudson Police Explorers. The suggested donation is $5. . . Read more >

View a pdf flyer for the fundraiser >


January 15, 2018

Hudson Hot Air Affair: Balloons, Parade & More

It’s all about the balloons—and there will be plenty of them to see in Hudson during the annual Hudson Hot Air Affair, presented by WESTconsin Credit Union-Hudson. This is the 29th year for the hot air balloon rally and winter festival, and old home week for many of the returning pilots as the Hot Air Affair is an annual stop on many of the balloonists’ schedules. . . Read more >

View a high resolution photo if HAA at County Market >


January 15, 2018

Hudson Hot Air Affair at YMCA Camp St. Croix

Photo #1: A group of Hudson area friends shared the trails at the Hot Air Affair pre-event at YMCA Camp St. Croix Saturday night, January 13. . . Read more >

View a high resolution photo of friends at the HAA Candlelight Ski >

Photo #2: Mother Nature cooperated to stand up a hot air balloon Saturday night at YMCA Camp St. Croix for a Hot Air Affair pre-event.  Aamodt’s Balloon Rides. . .  Read more >

View a high resolution photo of Aamodt’s Balloon at the HAA Candlelight Ski >


January 4, 2018

Hot Air Affair Weekend Packed Full of Fun Events

The Hudson Hot Air Affair (HAA) winter festival and hot air balloon rally on January 26-28 will be presented by WESTconsin Credit Union. While the balloons are the main feature of this annual event, with mass ascension flights of over 40 hot air balloons (weather permitting) on Saturday and Sunday, there are a variety of family friendly activities offered throughout the weekend. . . Read more >

View a high resolution photo of HAA School Education Program>



January 3
, 2018

Hot Air Affair - Looking for Smoosh Board Teams!

The World Championship Smoosh Board Competition will once again be held during the Hudson Hot Air Affair coming on Saturday, January 27th at 1:00p.m. on the grounds at EP Rock Elementary School, and they are looking for teams brave enough to compete! Preceding the NFL Super Bowl on February 4th will be the Hot Air Affair with the theme of “Touchdown Hudson XXIX”.  So Smoosh Board competitors and teams are encouraged to register for the event, then adopt the football theme and dress up for the competition. . . Read more >

View high resolution photo of Smoosh Board Super Heroes Team>

View high resolution photo for Smoosh Board Titanic Team>



December 26
, 2017

Hudson Hot Air Affair Pre-events Start on January 7th

The 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair celebration has been moved one week earlier, to January 26-28, 2018. This fun-filled winter festival and hot air balloon rally changed it date due to the Super Bowl taking place in the Minneapolis. With football in mind, the 2018 Hot Air Affair theme is “Touchdown Hudson XXIX” with several football related activities during the event. . . Read more >

View high resolution photo of hot air balloons >



December 22, 2017

Hudson Hot Air Affair Celebrates Football Theme in January This Year

Hudson Hot Air Affair winter festival and hot air balloon rally will be changing their traditional date and picking a familiar theme for the 2018 event.

The 29th annual celebration of winter will be January 26-28, 2018—a week earlier than the usual first full weekend in February. . . Read more >

View high resolution photo of HAA Sponsor WESTconsin Credit Union >



September 29, 2017

Hudson Hot Air Affair “Touchdown Hudson XXIX”

Mark your calendar for the 29th annual Hudson Hot Air Affair on January 26-28. Due to the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis, HHA will be move back one week, as we celebrate football theme of “Touchdown Hudson XXIX.”

The Hot Air Affair balloon rally and winter festival features 30+ hot air balloons and special shapes in mass ascension flight (weather permitting) at E.P. Rock school grounds in Hudson. The balloon launches on Saturday and Sunday offer a colorful show for a weekend of lift offs and touchdowns. . . Read more >

View high resolution photo of hot air balloons>