Hudson Hot Air Affair : : 2022 Balloons

Hot Air Affair Balloon Launches are scheduled for:

Balloon Launch

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

Saturday, February 5 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 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 launched or a mass ascension if the morning flight was canceled. (Canceled due to wind)

(Final flight decision will be made at  the launch field) Sunday, February 6 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.

Concessions, souvenirs and restrooms available in E.P. Rock School.

The latest announcement on weather and flight information will be posted on the home page and Facebook before scheduled balloon launches on Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6.


2022 Balloons

Air Forge

Balloon Name: Air Forge

Pilot: Mike Reinert, Alta, IA

Sponsored by: Richard Pierce Memorial Flight/Relay for Life


Big Papa

Balloon Name: Big Papa

Pilot: Steve Jacobs, Lakeland, MN

Sponsored by: Stillwater Balloons

Big Papa

Balloon Name: Big Papa

Pilot: Steve Jacobs, Lakeland, MN

Sponsored by: Viking Electronics


Balloon Name: BlueLoon

Pilot: David Koenig,    Menasha, WI

Sponsored by: Carbone’s Pizzeria – downtown Hudson




Balloon Name: Bubbles

Pilot: John Bullock, Genoa City, WI

Sponsored by: Valley Companies

Candy Crush

Balloon Name: Candy Crush

Pilot: Pete Riehle, Forest Lake, MN

Sponsored by: Loparex

Cloud Dancer

Balloon Name: Cloud Dancer

Pilot: Bill Buchar, Joliet, IL

Sponsored by: Family Fresh Market - River Falls

Cloud Nine

Balloon Name: Cloud Nine

Pilot: Mark Naber, Big Bend, WI

Sponsored by: Lewis Heating & Air/Turner Syndrome Awareness

Fire And Frost

Balloon Name: Fire & Frost

Pilot: Ed Chapman, Jordan, MN

Sponsored by: Sweetly Kismet Candy Store


Balloon Name: FLO

Pilot: Don Dumke, Florence, WI

Sponsored by: First State Bank and Trust


Balloon Name: Kaliedoscope

Pilot: Brett Tupy, Belle Plaine, MN

Sponsored by: Indue

Kays WindDancer II

Balloon Name: Kay's WindDancer II

Pilot: Ken Walter, Waukesha, WI

Sponsored by: Hudson Hot Air Affair

Late Night Discussions

Balloon Name: Late Night Discussions

Pilot: John Rucker, Genoa City, WI

Sponsored by: Hudson Ford

Livin' It Up

Balloon Name: Livn' It Up

Pilot: Terry Dorshorst, West Salem, WI

Sponsored by: Living with Dementia Balloon/FirstCall Medical Monitoring/St. Croix Electric Cooperative/St. Croix Valley Dementia Friendly Communities Coalition

Madam Blueberry

Balloon Name: Madam Blueberry

Pilot: Keith Knefelkamp, Lakeland, MN

Sponsored by: Minuteman Press


Balloon Name: Montgolfier

Pilot: Larry Nickolay, Newport, MN

Sponsored by: Twin City Orthopedics Hudson-Therapy


Balloon Name: Moonshadow

Pilot: Anne Susko, Milford, IA

Sponsored by: Smiles in Motion Pediatric Dentistry

NC Sunrise

Balloon Name: NC Sunrise

Pilot: Addison Brown, Candler, NC

Sponsored by: St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry

Nifty Gadget

Balloon Name: Nifty Gadget

Pilot: Chris Keefe, Cross Plains, WI

Sponsored by: River Valley Converting/Anchor Paper Co.


Northern Lights

Balloon Name: Northern Lights

Pilot: Steve LeMay, Mendota Heights, MN

Sponsored by: Dick’s Bar & Grill


Balloon Name: Peacock

Pilot: Mike Lesmeister, Rochester, MN

Sponsored by: St. Croix Lanes


Balloon Name: PH-TEU

Pilot: Pete Asp, Sullivan, WI

Sponsored by: Hudson Vintage Neighborhood Alliance


Balloon Name: Phoenix

Pilot: Wynn Gustafson, Arden Hills, MN

Sponsored by: Comfort Suites of Hudson

Pink Lightning

Balloon Name: Pink Lightning

Pilot: John Parezo, Sioux Falls, SD

Sponsored by: Zappa Bros


Balloon Name: RE/MAX

Pilot: Doug Schmidt, Rochester, MN

Sponsored by: RE/MAX, LLC

Sedona Sunset

Balloon Name: Sedona Sunset

Pilot: Glenn O'Connell, Gilberts, IL

Sponsored by: Lift Me Up Balloon/John & Evy Nerbonne

Starburst of Destiny

Balloon Name: Starburst of Destiny

Pilot: Bethany Reuter, Minneapolis, MN

Sponsored by: Walmart-Hudson

Sugar High

Balloon Name: Sugar High

Pilot: Ed Chapman, Jordan, MN

Sponsored by: Sweetly Kismet Candy Store


Balloon Name: Touchstone Energy

Pilot: Scott Wooge, St. Louis, MO

Sponsored by: St. Croix Electric Co-op, A Touchstone Energy® Cooperative



Balloon Name: Violet

Pilot: Mike Klawitter, Eland, WI

Sponsored by: The UPS Store - Hudson


Balloon Name: Waves

Pilot: Andy Schraufnagel, Sheboygan, WI

Sponsored by: MidWestOne Bank



Balloon Name: Wildfire

Pilot: Sonja Belgarde, Sun Prairie, WI

Sponsored by: WESTconsin Credit Union