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 : 2014 Schedule



January 10-31:
coordinated by St. Croix Valley YMCA, Associated Bank-Hudson and Hudson Star-Observer.  Children's pictures will be on display at YMCA and Associated Bank locations throughout Hot Air Affair.

January 18--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  Details at

Saturday, January 18, 10 am-2 pm:
at Family Fresh Market.  Food sampling, martial arts demo and entertainment.  Register to win prizes, including a balloon ride in Airganic Garden hot air balloon during HAA 2014.

Saturday, January 18, 5-8 pm: 
YMCA Camp St. Croix, sponsored by PCK Foundation and Valley Agencies' Dennis Lee. 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.

Saturday, January 25, 1-3 pm: 
, sponsored by Ignite Martial Arts.  Demo team performance with board breaking.  Try our Jackie Chan inspired Obstacle Course. Learn the Karate Kid kick and channel your inner Bruce Lee- move like water- learn to use Nunchaku.

Friday, January 31, 5-8 pm:
, Dick's Bar & Grill.  Come celebrate "The Silver Screen" with costumes, prizes & trivia games.  Enjoy an evening with friends at one of the Hot Air Affair's Charter Sponsors- 25 years of FUN!

Saturday, February 1, 1-3 pm: 
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 "The Silver Screen" Torchlight Parade on Feb. 7.  All materials provided for this FREE hands-on art-making activity.  Call 715-386-2305 to sign up.


BALLOONING EDUCATION PROGRAM. Classroom programs on hot air ballooning and "The Silver Screen" in Hudson and area schools. Programs coordinated by Hot Air Affair Committee, pilots, Viking Electronics, The UPS Store-Hudson and Dough Boys Pizza.

2014 Hudson Hot Air Affair The Silver Screen Button  

10:00 am: "The Silver Screen" 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. 7-9 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 Elan Clothing,  Dilly Dally Gifts, SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery, Et Cetera, The Purple Tree, Lavender Thymes, Art Doyle?s Spokes and Pedals, Knoke's Chocolates, CocoBello, Abigail Page Antiques, Marnie Marie Photography, Pangea International Jewelry & Gifts, The Nova,
Hudson Flower Shop, Applebee?s Restaurant, Urban Olive & Vine, Massage Envy-Hudson , Dough Boys Pizza, Digital Garage/Mac Xprts, Joyful Expressions, La Rue Marche, The Ugly Sister Boutique, Bert's Coffee Café, Hudson Brewing Company/American Sky Beer, Stone Tap and Dick's Bar & Grill.

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

6:00-9:00 pm:  LIVE MUSIC at The Hangar Taproom, American Sky Brewing Co., 1510 Swasey Street. 

6:30 pm:  LIVE MUSIC at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 Second Street. 

7:00 pm: TORCHLIGHT "The Silver Screen" PARADE, FEATURING PRIZES FOR THE BEST OVERALL PARADE UNIT, THE BEST UNIT BY HOT AIR BALLOONISTS, THE BEST "The Silver Screen" THEME UNIT, THE BEST UGLY HAT 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 7 to register. Parade sponsors include Viking Electronics, St. Croix Self Service Storage, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Valley Agencies?Dennis Lee, Culver's-Hudson, Agave Kitchen, Valley Orthodontics, Oral Surgery Center, Winzer Stube, Barker's Bar & Grill/San Pedro Café, Rock & Tait Exteriors, Applebee?s Restaurant, Mattress Galaxy, Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care, Stone Tap and YMCA-Hudson.

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

9:00 pm: KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94.

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


7:30 am: 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 am-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 am-8:00pm 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 am: HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING.  See description under Friday, February 7.

10:00 am: 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  Cost is $18 to pre-register by Feb. 1 or $25 day of race.  Door prizes, race shirt & refreshments.

10:00 am-4:00 pm: OCTAGON HOUSE MUSEUM, sponsored by Dopkins Accounting Service.  Historic motion picture display. The "History of Hudson" movie will be available for sale in the Museum Gift Shop. Admission.

10:00 am: "The Silver Screen" SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 7.

10:00 WARM UP STATION , sponsored by Tom Nielsen Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty. Visit the E.P. Rock school cafeteria throughout the day for music, dance performances and martial arts demonstrations.  Take a warm up break, refreshments available to purchase, special Ground Hog Day activity.

10:30 am-2:30 pm: FREE MOVIE VIEWING of the ?History of Hudson?, Hudson Area Library.  Coordinated by St. Croix County Historical Society..

12:00 pm: FREE MOVIE VIEWING of the Hot Air Affair Celebrates 25 Years ?The Silver Screen 1990-2014?, Hudson House Grand Hotel. Retrospective on 25 years of winter hot air balloon flying and fun in Hudson..

12:00 - 3:00 pm: 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 pm: WINNING THE 2013 AMERICA?S CHALLENGE GAS BALLOON RACE, as told by Peter Cuneo, Hudson House Grand Hotel. Hear how Peter and his wife Barbara Fricke flew 60+ hours in a gas balloon from Albuquerque, NM over the central United States and the full length of Lake Superior before landing near White River, Canada. Presented by Silver Screen Sponsors.

1:00 pm: 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 ?"The Silver Screen"? costumes. Smoosh boards available.

1:00-3:00 pm: CRAFTS FOR KIDS "The Silver Screen", sponsored by Associated Bank at E.P. Rock School Marketplace. Kids join in making free crafts.

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

5:00-9:30 pm: EMPTY BOWLS AND CONCERT F EATURING AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST REED GRIMM PLUS JENNIFER & TREY GRIMM, ? Hudson High School Auditorium, sponsored by Youth Action Hudson. Empty Bowls homemade soup for a goodwill donation from 5-7 pm. Concert from 7:30-9:30 pm with proceeds benefiting YAH and Hudson SAFE. Concert general admission tickets at County Market and Family Fresh Market.

6:30 pm: 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 and Silver Screen Sponsors.

6:30 pm: LIVE MUSIC at The Hangar Taproom, American Sky Brewing Co., 1510 Swasey Street.

5:00-8:00 pm: LIVE MUSIC at Urban Olive and Vine, 520 Second Street

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.

7:30-10 pm: TASTE OF THE FLYWAY SILVER SCREEN EDITION Hudson House Grand Hotel, by 45th Parallel Spirits, Villa Bellezza Winery and Pitchforks Brewing Co. Enjoy spirits, wine and beer tastings, along with appetizers, decadent chocolates and artisan cheeses?all from the St. Croix and Mississippi River Valley.  Admission. 

9:00 pm: KARAOKE at Plaza Lounge, Plaza 94.

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


7:30 am: BALLOON LAUNCH, nearly 40 hot air balloons and special shapes in mass ascension. E.P. Rock school grounds.

HOT AIR AFFAIR GEOCACHING See description under Friday, February 7.

10:00 am: "THE SILVER SCREEN" SUPER SALE AND BUTTON INSTANT PRIZES at Hudson businesses. See description under Friday, February 1.

2:00 pm: NINETEENTHH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF, Dick's Bar & Grill. The hottest, the best, enter your favorite warm up chili concoction and you could win a prize. Sponsored by Dick's Bar & Grill, call 386-5222 for details and registration by February 8.  Limited entries. Cash, trophies and fabulous prizes.




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