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

Hudson Hot Air Affair :: 2015 Schedule


FRIDAY, FEB. 6 | SATURDAY, FEB. 7 | SUNDAY, FEB. 8



COUNT DOWN EVENTS

January 17 - February 28
PHOTO CONTEST,
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 photocontest@pressenter.com.  Details at www.pressenter.com

Saturday, January 17, 5 - 8 p.m. 
CANDLELIGHT HIKE AND SKI,
YMCA Camp St. Croix, sponsored by PCK Foundation. Candle-lit trails for cross-country skiing and hiking along with trail side fires for quick warm ups.  Come see a hot air balloon.  Complimentary refreshments hosted by Art Doyle's Spokes & Pedals.  Free admission.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.
HAA CANVAS PARTY PAINTING CLASS,
featuring Barn-n-Balloon, at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 Second Street. $45 for class and supplies, additional cost for food & beverages. Must register at birchbarkcreations@icloud.com.

Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
FAIR DAY AT FAMILY FRESH MARKET
,
Food sampling, agricultural demonstrations by 4-H Clubs. Register to win prizes, including a balloon ride in Airganic Garden hot air balloon during HAA 2015.

Saturday, January 24, 1 - 3 p.m.
FAMILY DAY ACTIVITY,
The Phipps Center for the Arts. Family members of all ages will create a theme masterpiece and then march behind "The Phipps is for Kids" banner in the "Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-OOO" Torchlight Parade on Feb. 6. Materials provided for this FREE hands-on art-making activity. Sign up at 715-386-2305.

Thursday, January 29, 6 p.m.
HAA CANVAS PARTY PAINTING CLASS
, featuring Barn-n-Balloon, at Pitchfork Brewing, 709 Rodeo Drive. $45 for class and supplies, additional cost for food & beverages. Must register at birchbarkcreations@icloud.com.

Saturday, January 31, 1 - 3 p.m.
IGNITE MARTIAL ARTS OPEN HOUSE
, sponsored by Ignite Martial Arts. Did you know that the weapons with which martial artists train were once farm tools? Watch a cool demonstration with these ancient techniques! Also enjoy a karate lesson & learn some moves with the Nunchuckas.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015

BALLOONING EDUCATION PROGRAM. Classroom programs on hot air ballooning and "Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-OOO" in Hudson and area schools. Programs coordinated by Hot Air Affair Committee, pilots, Viking Electronics, The UPS Store-Hudson and Spring Creek Dental.

2015 HHAA Field to Flight  

10:00 a.m. "FIELD TO FLIGHT: E-I-E-I-OOO" 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. 6-8 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 Et Cetera, Dilly Dally Gifts, SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery, The Purple Tree, Lavender Thymes, Art Doyle's Spokes and Pedals, Knoke's Chocolates, Abigail Page Antiques, Marnie Marie Photography, Pangea International Jewelry & Gifts, The Nova, Hudson Flower Shop, Applebee's Restaurant, Urban Olive & Vine, La Rue Marche, Smooch Boutique, Bert's Coffee Café, Stone Tap, Dick's Bar & Grill, Angel's Pet World, Magnolias on Locust Street, The 715, American Sky Brewing Co., and Farmhouse Inspired.

HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING throughout the Hudson area. Go to www.geocaching.com for coordinates of winter friendly geocaches in Hudson and the St. Croix Valley. NEW geocaches hidden in the Hudson area.

It All Starts on a Farm10:00 a.m. "IT ALL STARTS ON A FARM" special events at Hudson restaurants and stores. Learn about Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local - featuring locally raised or made foods, beverages and products.  Click here for details.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  LIVE MUSIC Sasha Mercedes and DJ Rickerd at The Hangar Taproom, American Sky Brewing Co., 1510 Swasey Street. 

7:00 p.m.  LIVE MUSIC Jazz Savvy, at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 Second Street. 

7:00 p.m. TORCHLIGHT "FIELD TO FLIGHT: E-I-E-I-OOO" PARADE, FEATURING PRIZES FOR THE BEST OVERALL PARADE UNIT, THE BEST UNIT BY HOT AIR BALLOONISTS, THE BEST "FIELD TO FLIGHT: E-I-E-I-OOO" 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 Second Street. Prizes in each category. Please call 715-386-8332, 715-386-6217 or 715-381-2050 by noon on February 6 to register. Parade sponsors include Viking Electronics, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Valley Agencies-Dennis Lee, Culver's-Hudson, Agave Kitchen, Valley Orthodontics, Winzer Stube, Oral Surgery Center, Barker's Bar & Grill/San Pedro Café, Applebee's Restaurant, Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care, Stone Tap, YMCA-Hudson, O'Connell Family Funeral Homes and Christenson Vision Care.

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

9:00 p.m. KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge/Hudson Bowling Center, Plaza 94.

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


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015

7:30 a.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, nearly 40 hot air balloons, including special shapes, in mass ascension flight. E.P. Rock school grounds (340 13th Street South). Concessions and souvenirs available.

7:00 a.m. - noon PANCAKE BREAKFAST, Masonic Temple, 209 Locust Street. Sponsored by Masonic Lodge #56. Menu includes pancakes, ham, scrambled eggs, biscuits & sausage gravy, sweet rolls, fruit, beverages. $7.00 adults, $3.50 children under 11.

8:00 a.m. HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING. See description under Friday, February 6.

8:00 - 11:30 a.m. FARMERS MARKET, E.P. Rock School. Stop by the local farmers' booths.

8:00 a.m. - 8:00p.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.

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 and Mc Cabe Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Registration starting 9 am at church at 505 13th Street South. Pre-register at www.hudsonhotairaffair.com. $18 pre-register by Feb. 1 or $25 day of race. Door prizes, race shirt and refreshments.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. OCTAGON HOUSE MUSEUM, sponsored by Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka, LLP Accountants. Guided tour, view historic agricultural display and learn about early Hudson farming. Admission: $9 Adult, $3 Student, $2 Child and under 5 free.

10:00 a.m. "FIELD TO FLIGHT: E-I-E-I-OOO" SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 6.

10:00 a.m. "IT ALL STARTS ON A FARM" special events at Hudson restaurants and stores. Learn about Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local - featuring locally raised or made foods, beverages and products. Click here for details.

10:00 a.m. WARM UP STATION AND FUN AT SCHOOL, sponsored by Liberty Tax Service. Visit the E.P. Rock school cafeteria and grounds throughout the day for music, dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and special events. Kids - come use the computers and learn about farms and farming. Refreshments available to purchase.

10:00 a.m. GEOCACHING MEET & GREET. 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.

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 381-5020 for team registration, $10 per team. Prizes for best team in competition plus best "Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-OOO" costumes. Smoosh boards available. Coordinated by Catalyst Sports Medicine.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. CRAFTS FOR KIDS, sponsored by Associated Bank at E.P. Rock School Marketplace. Kids join the 4-H & FFA groups in making soap box derby vegetable cars… then race for prizes.

3:00 p.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, E.P. Rock school grounds. Optional flight if morning flight launched. Mass ascension if morning flight was canceled.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. DAIRY OLYMPICS, E.P. Rock school grounds. Time to get serious about the farming theme and enjoy the Dairy Olympics event.

5:00 - 8:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC, Jambo Joe Bones at The Hangar Taproom, American Sky Brewing Co., 1510 Swasey Street.

6:30 p.m. HOT AIR BALLOON MOON GLOW OR FIELD OF FIRE, E.P. Rock school grounds. Hot air balloons light up the dark so bring your camera for this spectacular event! In case of windy weather, Moon Glow becomes a Field of Fire. Presented by WESTconsin Credit Union.

6:30 p.m. BENEFIT BINGO FUNDRAISER FOR HUDSON BOOSTERS, Hudson House Grand Hotel, sponsored by Hudson Chevrolet GMC. Enjoy a fun filled evening of bingo and raise money for youth sports programs in Hudson. Cash bar.

7:00 p.m. LIVE MUSIC by Mark Keeting at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 Second Street.

7:30 - 10 p.m. TASTE OF HOT AIR AFFAIR - FIELD TO FLIGHT EDITION, Hudson House Grand Hotel, sponsored by 45th Parallel Spirits, and Villa Bellezza Winery. Enjoy spirits, wine and beer tastings, along with appetizers, decadent chocolates and artisan cheeses - all from the St. Croix and Mississippi River Valley. Admission. View an Event Flyer

8-11 p.m. LIVE MUSIC Acoustic rock, country, folk by Jason Jerry at Stone Tap, 517 Secnd Street.

9:00 p.m. KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge/Hudson Bowling Center, Plaza 94.

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


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015

7:30 a.m. BALLOON LAUNCH, nearly 40 hot air balloons and special shapes in second mass ascension flight. E.P. Rock school grounds. Concessions & souvenirs available.

HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING. See description under Friday, February 6.

10:00 a.m. "FIELD TO FLIGHT: E-I-E-I-OOO" SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 6.

10:00 a.m. "IT ALL STARTS ON A FARM" special events at Hudson restaurants and stores. Learn about Grow Local, Buy Local, Eat Local - featuring locally raised or made foods, beverages and products. Click here for details.

2:00 p.m. PET COSTUME CONTEST, sponsored by Angel's Pet World. Win gift certificates for dressing up your pet - $50, $25 and $15 for top costumes plus a bonus prize for best "Field to Flight: E-I-E-I-OOO" theme costume. Angel's Pet World, 105 Second Street, Hudson.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. LAKE MALLALIEU KIDS ICE FISHING DERBY, sponsored by First National Community Bank; at the southwest bay of Lake Mallalieu; ages 6 to 12. Presented by Hudson Rod, Gun & Archery Club and St. Croix County Sportsmans Alliance.

 

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