Hudson Hot Air Affair : : February 3-5, 2023

The 2023 Hudson Hot Air Affair will be held on February 3, 4 & 5, 2023 (the first full weekend in February).

Our sponsors and hard-working, but fun-loving volunteers are the heart and soul of the Hot Air Affair. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or joining out team of volunteers, email us at HotAirAffair@gmail.com or call 715-575-1864.


The 2022 theme Hudson Hot Air Affair  of “S’Mores and More, Balloon Galore” invites you to enjoy the beauty of nature while watching the airborne kaleidoscope of hot air balloons. More than 30 balloonists from five states will travel to Hudson this weekend, February 4-6, 2022, to share the spectacle and excitement of the sport of hot air ballooning.

Much of Hot Air Affair will happen outdoors and with our camping theme we are encouraging everyone to bundle up, head outside to the parks and open spaces and look up for the balloons on Saturday and Sunday.

In additions to the hot air balloons, there are all kinds of other activities planned for people to enjoy this weekend. Check out our schedule for all the other HHAA activities at: https://hudsonhotairaffair.com/schedule

Remember all balloon flights and inflations are weather dependent.  (You can learn more about what kind of weather is needed for a hot air balloon flight at: https://hudsonhotairaffair.com/weather-to-fly)

Please see the Real-Time Flight Information below for the latest updates on balloon flight decisions. This information will be posted as soon as we know the weather conditions at the launch field and whether it is safe for the balloons to launch. (Sometimes this information is not available until launch time.)

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2022 Real-Time Flight Information

Notice: Sun. Feb. 6th, 2022 at 7:35 am - Based on prevailing weather conditions, a final flight decision will be made at 7:35 am at the launch field.

(Flight decisions will be posted as soon as they become available.) 


Scheduled Hot Air Balloon Launches:

(Canceled due to wind) Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 7:35 am: BALLOON LAUNCH, 30+ hot air balloons in mass ascension flight at E.P. Rock school grounds, 340 13th Street South, Hudson, WI.

(Canceled due to wind) Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 3 pm: BALLOON LAUNCH at E.P. Rock school grounds, 340 13th Street South, Hudson, WI.  This is an optional flight if morning flight is launched, or a mass ascension if the morning flight is canceled.

(Flight decision at the launch field) Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 7:35 am: BALLOON LAUNCH, 30+ hot air balloons in mass ascension flight at E.P. Rock school grounds, 340 13th Street South, Hudson, WI.

All balloon inflations and flights are weather dependent.
(You can learn more about what kind of weather is needed for a hot air balloon flight at: https://hudsonhotairaffair.com/weather-to-fly)

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Launch Field Notice:

We ask for your cooperation at the launch field • No Alcohol • No Smoking • No Drones, and • Only Service Animals, Please.

Hot Air Balloon Flight Conditions:

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.

Hudson Hot Air Affair COVID-19 Notice:

The Hudson Hot Air Affair committee has made changes to the 2022 event to keep the health and safety of the community in mind. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic we ask everyone to follow current CDC, state and local COVID safety guidelines.

COVID NOTICE: Current St. Croix County COVID transmission level is HIGH! Everyone age 5 and older: Wear Face Mask Indoors.

 

Hudson Hot Air Affair Partner Balloon Companies & Sponsors

There are no hot air balloon rides sold during Hot Air Affair!

Balloon Rides with Partner Balloon Companies

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 2022 Sponsorships are Full

See our Sponsors page for more information about becoming a sponsor in 2023 or visit our About Us page to lean more about volunteering.