2022 Hudson Hot Air Affair :: February 4-6, 2022

HHAA Volunteer Open House on Sept. 30th

Did you grow up loving the Hot Air Affair’s balloon celebration? Did you move to town and find out Hudson hosts the premier winter hot air balloon rally in the Midwest? Would you like to see this community tradition continued into the future? Now’s the time for new volunteers to step forward to help plan and coordinate the annual winter festival.
A New Volunteer Open House will be Thursday, September 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson.
Find out how to join the teams working on events, securing hot air balloon pilot participation, selling merchandise and other tasks making the celebration possible. Stop in anytime during the 2-hour open house, meet HHAA volunteers register for prizes and enjoy some snacks.
And bring your friends!

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Hudson Hot Air Affair is a spectator event with balloons sponsored by area businesses. No hot air balloon rides are sold during the event.

If you are interested in purchasing a balloon ride, Hot Air Affair partner balloon companies offer rides year-round (weather permitting).

Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloon Rides http://www.aamodtsballoons.com/

Stillwater Balloons https://stillwaterballoons.com/

Lesmeister Balloon Company https://www.facebook.com/Lesmeister-Balloon-Company-1492577431034277/

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Hudson Hot Air Affair COVID-19 Notice:

The Hudson Hot Air Affair committee decided to hold the annual Hot Air Affair event on February 5 - 7, 2021. The committee is making changes to the event, keeping the health and safety of the community in mind. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust the event to comply with the CDC, state and local recommendations.

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See our Sponsors page for more information about becoming a sponsor or visit our About Us page to lean more about volunteering.

Real-Time Flight Information

This year, because of COVID-19, exact launch locations will not be announced. Our online updates will provide timing and general information on where to look for balloons in the sky.  Fill up your coffee cup, peer out your home or car windows and look to the sky for winter balloon color! The public will NOT be allowed at the launch sites. 

Private Pop-Up Balloon Launches are planned for:

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 2021 Morning Launch is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. CANCELED

Sunday, Feb. 7th, 2021 Morning Launch is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. CANCELED - But a couple pilots will try to launch. Bundle up and look up over Hudson.

(All inflations and flights are weather dependent.) 



Ideal Flight Conditions:

  • Light winds less than 6 mph
  • Good visibility
  • Sunshine or if cloudy, high cloud ceilings

Unfavorable Flight Conditions:

  • Too strong wind, over 8 mph OR no wind at all
  • Poor visibility or low cloud ceilings
  • Snow or rain

Hot air balloons depend on different weather factors, including wind speeds, visibility, temperature. Lean more >

Check the FAQs page for more information about hot air balloons and Hudson Hot Air Affair.

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