Hudson Hot Air Affair :: Hudson, WI
Hudson Hot Air Affair  ::  Hudson, Wisconsin   Hudson Hot Air Affair  ::  Hudson, Wisconsin

Hudson Hot Air Affair

Hudson Hot Air Affair :: 2017 Schedule



January 21 - February 28
coordinated by PressEnter.  Submit your best photos of any HAA event and you could win a prize.  Send to 421 N. 2nd St., River Falls, WI  54016 or email to For more details, please view the Photo Contest Entry Form

Saturday, January 21, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
, 111 Walnut Street. Come have breakfast and see a hot air balloon basket—kick off the 2017 Hot Air Affair with a free art event for the kids.

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
COUNT DOWN EVENT at FAMILY FRESH MARKET. Food sampling, entertainment, see a balloon basket up close. Register to win prizes, including a balloon ride in the Family Fresh hot air balloon during HAA 2017.

Monday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.
featuring Scarlett’s Petticoat Balloon, at Belle Vinez Winery, 10829 875th Ave., South of Hudson. $45 for class and supplies, additional cost for food & beverages. Must pre-register at

Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
COUNT DOWN EVENT at COUNTY MARKET. Celebrate the “Gone with the Windz” theme and learn about Civil War era gas balloons. See the hot air balloon basket. Kids pick up coloring sheets of balloons.

Saunday, January 29, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
in Stillwater, MN (Castles open noon - 8 p.m.). Come check out the fire of hot air balloon burners at the ice spectacular and meet the Snow Queen and her Royal Guard from 4-6 pm. $2 Off anytime with Hot Air Affair Discount Code: icecub17. Website:


BALLOONING EDUCATION PROGRAM. Classroom programs on hot air ballooning and “Gone with the Windz” in Hudson and area schools. Programs coordinated by Hot Air Affair Committee, pilots, Viking Electronics, The UPS Store-Hudson and Spring Creek Dental.

Paint the Sky  

10:00 a.m. “GONE WITH THE WINDZ” SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. Winter clearance sales and special events. Check your Hot Air Affair button number against numbers posted in participating stores Feb. 3-5 and you could be an instant winner! Pick up your button at the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau office or participating businesses. Shop Dilly Dally in the alley, SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery, Et Cetera, The Purple Tree, Lavender Thymes, Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Abigail Page Antiques, Marnie Marie Photography/The Lone Squirrel, The Nova, Hudson Flower Shop, Urban Olive & Vine, La Rue Marche, Stone Tap, Applebee’s Restaurant, Negret Wine Company, Angel’s Pet World, Salvaged With Style, The 715, The Postmark Grille, Carbone’s Pizzeria Downtown, and Dashing Girls Next Store.

HOT AIR AFFAIR OUTDOOR FUN - GEOCACHING throughout the Hudson area. Go to for coordinates of winter friendly geocaches in Hudson and the St. Croix Valley. POKEMON GO - PokéStops throughout the Hudson area. BIRD WATCHING - Look for trumpeter swans and eagles on the St. Croix River.

7:00 p.m. TORCHLIGHT “GONE WITH THE WINDZ” PARADE, FEATURING PRIZES FOR THE BEST OVERALL PARADE UNIT, THE BEST UNIT BY HOT AIR BALLOONISTS, THE BEST “GONE WITH THE WINDZ” THEME UNIT AND THE BEST KAZOO MARCHING BAND. Hot air balloon pilots and crews displaying blasts of fire. Parade participants line up at 6 pm at Wells Fargo Bank parking lot and parade travels down 2nd Street. Prizes in each category. Please call 715-386-8332, 715-386-6217 or 715-381-2050 by noon on February 3 to register. Parade sponsors include Viking Electronics, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Valley Agencies-Dennis Lee, Culver’s-Hudson, Valley Orthodontics, Oral Surgery Center, Winzer Stube, Barker’s Bar & Grill/San Pedro Café, Applebee’s Restaurant, Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living, Stone Tap, 4-Ever Young, Creative Homes, and Pier 500.

FIREWORKS DISPLAY, immediately after parade over Lakefront Park and the St. Croix River. Sponsored by Andersen Corporation. Grand finale to downtown festivities.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  LIVE MUSIC Jazz Savvy at Urban Olive & Vine, 520 2nd Street.

9:00 p.m.  LIVE MUSIC Wade & Ella at Mallory's, 609 2nd Street.

9:00 p.m.  LIVE MUSIC KICK at Smilin’ Moose, 601 2nd Street.

9:00 p.m. KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94.

10:00 p.m. DANCE at Dick's Bar & Grill, 111 Walnut Street.


7:30 a.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, 30+ hot air balloons and special shapes in mass ascension flight. Event highlight!!! Inflations and flights are weather dependent. E.P. Rock school grounds (340 13th Street South). Concessions and souvenirs available.

7:00 a.m. - noon PANCAKE BREAKFASTAt the Masonic Temple,, 209 Locust Street. Sponsored by Masonic Lodge #56. Menu includes pancakes, sausage links, scrambled eggs, biscuits & sausage gravy, fruit, beverages. $8.00 adults, $4.00 children under 11.

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. MARKETPLACE AND CRAFT FAIR, E.P. Rock School. Craft and souvenir selection with special winter apparel, ballooning and Hot Air Affair emphasis. Visit the Hot Air Affair booth for souvenirs, Hot Air Affair apparel and collectibles. Hot food and drinks available in cafeteria by local non-profit groups.

8:00 a.m. HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING. See description under Friday, February 3.

8:00 a.m. WARM UP STATION, sponsored by YMCA in Hudson. Visit the E.P. Rock school cafeteria throughout the day for “Gone with the Windz” special events, music, dance performances and fun. Take a warm up break, refreshments available to purchase.

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. GEOCACHING FOR FAMILY FUN. Come meet local geocachers and learn about the fun, family adventure of geocaching. Equipment will be shown and you’ll learn how to get coordinates and search for hidden treasures. E.P. Rock School cafeteria.

10:00 a.m. UP, UP & AWAY 5K FUN RUN/WALK, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, sponsored by Anytime Fitness-Hudson, Thrivent Financial-Tracy Berglund, Walgreens-Hudson, Yoplait Whips, Mc Cabe Chiropractic Wellness Center, Hudson Neighbors Magazine, Yoplait Whips, and St. Croix Casinos. Registration starting 9 am at church at 505 13th St S. View 5K Registration Form Here. $20 pre-register by Feb. 1 or $25 day of race. Door prizes, race shirt & refreshments..

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. OCTAGON HOUSE MUSEUM, sponsored by Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka, LLP Accountants. Guided tour and special displays on the history of ballooning. Admission: $10 Adult, $3 students and under 5 free.

10:00 a.m. “GONE WITH THE WINDZ” SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 3.

12:00 p.m. “GONE WITH THE WINDZ" THE SCIENCE OF WEATHER, E.P. Rock School, sponsored by Amanda Francescato State Farm Agency. Learn why Hot Air Affair needs the wind to cooperate to fly the balloons over Hudson. Mother Nature calls the shots this weekend - we’re in the air or we stay on the ground - learn why!

12:00 p.m. HIGH NOON HOT BALLOON FAT BIKE RACE, coordinated by Art Doyle’s Spokes & Pedals, E.P. Rock school grounds. Merchandise prizes, entry fee $10. For details and registration, contact Dag Selander at 715-220-7074 or Bjorn Selander at 715-441-6483.

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. MINNESOTA KITE SOCIETY, E.P. Rock school grounds, sponsored by Xcel Energy. Society members provide a kite ground display, stunt kite demos, fighter kites. Kites for kids of all ages available for sale.

1:00 p.m. SMOOSH BOARD COMPETITION, E.P. Rock school grounds. Hot Air Affair’s wackiest winter sport with 4 people on the same smoosh boards. Call 715-386-1155 for team registration, $10 per team. Prizes for best team in competition plus best “Gone with the Windz” costumes. Smoosh boards available. Coordinated by Catalyst Sports Medicine.

1:00 p.m. ICE CARVING, sponsored by Liberty Tax Service, E.P. Rock school grounds. See a professional award-winning ice carver turn a big block of ice into a glistening masterpiece.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CRAFTS FOR KIDS, sponsored by Associated Bank, at E.P. Rock School cafeteria. Back by popular demand - kids can be creative making soap box derby vegetable cars and then race for prizes. Coordinated by St. Croix County 4-H/St. Croix County Fair and Hudson Grocery Co-op.

2:30 p.m. PET COSTUME CONTEST, Sponsored by Angel’s Pet World, 105 2nd Street. Win gift certificates for dressing up your pet - $50, $25 and $15 for top costumes plus a bonus prize for the best “Gone with the Windz” theme costume.

3:00 p.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, E.P. Rock school grounds. Optional flight if morning flight launched. Mass ascension if morning flight was canceled. Inflations and flights are weather dependent.

6:30 p.m. HOT AIR BALLOON MOON GLOW OR FIELD OF FIRE, E.P. Rock school grounds. Event highlight!!! Hot air balloons light up the dark - just like a field of Chinese lanterns! In case of windy weather, Moon Glow becomes a Field of Fire. Presented by WESTconsin Credit Union.

7:00 p.m. BENEFIT BINGO FUNDRAISER FOR HUDSON BOOSTERS, Hudson House Grand Hotel. Enjoy a fun filled evening of bingo and raise money for youth sports programs in Hudson. Cash bar.

7:00 - 10:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC at Urban Olive & Vine, 520 2nd Street.

7:30 - 10:00 p.m. TASTE OF HOT AIR AFFAIR - GONE WITH THE WINDZ EDITION, Hudson House Grand Hotel. Enjoy spirits, wine and beer tastings, appetizers and live music. Silent auction with proceeds to Operation Help. Admission. More info here.

9:00 p.m.  LIVE MUSIC Kyle Koliha at Mallory's, 609 2nd Street.

9:00 p.m. KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94.

10:00 p.m. DANCE at Dick's Bar & Grill, 111 Walnut Street.


7:30 a.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, 30+ hot air balloons and special shapes in second mass ascension flight. Inflations and flights are weather dependent. E.P. Rock school grounds.

HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING. See description under Friday, February 3.

10:00 a.m. “GONE WITH THE WINDZ” SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 3.

1:00 a.m. “SOARING WITH THE WINDZ” PROGRAM, featuring the naturalist at Carpenter Nature Center, at Angel’s Pet World. Kids learn about nature - soaring with hawks and owls.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. LAKE MALLALIEU KIDS ICE FISHING DERBY, sponsored by Ice Junkies Outdoors; at the southwest bay of Lake Mallalieu; ages 6-12. Presented by Rod, Gun & Archery Club and St. Croix County Sportsmans Alliance. Mentors and loaner equipment. Fire, cocoa and outhouse.




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