Hudson Hot Air Affair : : 2021 Schedule

Hudson Lakefont Park Lights

Now thru Sunday, February 7th:
BUENA VISTA—A STROLL IN THE PARK
at Lakefront Park in downtown Hudson.  Celebrate the magic of thousands of lights along the St. Croix River.  Historic downtown is steeped in winter charm, ready for you to explore—both indoor and outdoor.

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Starts Friday, January 8th:
THE PHIPPS VIRTUAL FAMILY DAY ACTIVITY,
 presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts. Go to ThePhipps.org for instructions on making a quick made balloon hat—a silly and FUN project made with items from around your house.  See photos and directions on ThePhipps.org website.

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Eat Shop Play

Starts Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 am and runs through February 7th:
 The unique shops, fun destinations and outstanding restaurants of Hudson and the surrounding area invite you to check out their winter offerings.  Look for special promotions and events ideal for your winter outings in the Hudson area.  Visit Abigail Page Antiques, Angel’s Pet World, Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, BackRoom Vintage,Carbone’s Pizzeria in Burkhardt, Chapter2Books, Culver’s – Hudson, EJ’s Pizzeria, Family Fresh Market – River Falls, Grand Fête, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Hudson Flower Shop, Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits, Octagon House Museum/St. Croix County Historical Society, Old Southern BBQ, Seasons Gallery, The Postmark Grille, The Cellars Wine & Spirits, The 715, The Purple Tree, Urban Olive & Vine and Winzer Stube.

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Saturday, January 16th – Sunday, February 7th at 6:00 pm:
ANGEL’S ONLINE PHOTO & VIDEO PET COSTUME CONTEST
, sponsored by Angel’s Pet World, 105 2nd Street.  Win Angel’s Cash—3 winners in 5 categories for selfie pictures and videos with pets.  Enter to win on Instagram or Facebook with #BringTheFun.  Categories and details at AngelsPetWorld.com. View an event flyer.

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February 1st – 14th:
5K Run & WalkVIRTUAL 5K RUN/WALK
, sponsored by Thrivent Financial – Tracy Berglund, Integrity Cleaners, CZ Designs, Creative Homes and Anderson Race Management.  Ongoing (Feb – 14) virtual race for all age groups and shirts available.  Results posted by individuals on Anderson Race Management with final results on February 15.  $25 registration fee includes shirt and a printable completion award. Register here.
Download a paper registration form here.
View the 2020 Runnin’ Up Nort’ 5K Race Results.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2021

10:00 am:Eat Shop Play The unique shops, fun destinations and outstanding restaurants of Hudson and the surrounding area invite you to check out their winter offerings.  Look for special promotions and events ideal for your winter outings in the Hudson area.  Visit Abigail Page Antiques, Angel’s Pet World, Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, BackRoom Vintage, BackRoom Vintage,Carbone’s Pizzeria in Burkhardt, Chapter2Books, Culver’s – Hudson, EJ’s Pizzeria, Family Fresh Market – River Falls, Grand Fête, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Hudson Flower Shop, Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits, Octagon House Museum/St. Croix County Historical Society, Old Southern BBQOnsite Apparel, Seasons Gallery, The Postmark Grille, The Cellars Wine & Spirits, The 715, The Purple Tree, Urban Olive & Vine and Winzer Stube.

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10:00 am: VIRTUAL BALLOONING EDUCATION PROGRAM with RIVERS IN THE AIR…JUST ADD WIND. Interested in learning about how the beautiful hot air balloons flying this weekend work?  Kids can tune in for FUN viewing and activities with local artist and educator Liz Malanaphy.  Watch and learn about the wind and why hot air balloons rely on it to fly in the sky.  Video and Hot Air Affair printable educational booklet coordinated by Hudson Hot Air Affair, Smiles in Motion Pediatric Dentistry, Family Fresh Market-River Falls and The UPS Store-Hudson.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 5 at 10 am
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/WnhsUQ-5PDM

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11:00 am:  VIRTUAL 1995 BALLOONIST ROUNDTABLE – REVISITED VIDEO. Some things never change—and Hudson Hot Air Affair is proud to say that what was perfection in 1995 holds true today.  Beautiful hot air balloons in the sky, skilled friendly pilots launching and landing the colorful behemoths in the snow.  Rewind the calendar to 1995 and join a pilot
roundtable and look for familiar faces still coming to Hudson’s annual winter hot air balloon rally.
Retro TV Watch
Watch this video premiere on Feb. 5 at 11 am
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/DNLtZ0zx6pI

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HOT AIR AFFAIR OUTDOOR FUN—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 immediate Hudson area.
BIRD WATCHING—Look for trumpeter swans and eagles on the St. Croix River.

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1:00 pm: VIRTUAL DAVE & SUE JOHNSON BALLOON BUILDERS, ARTISTS & AERONAUTS VIDEO, presented by RPS Balloon.  Hot air balloon pilots and artists Dave and Sue Johnson put giant art creations in the sky with their hot air balloon envelope gems.  Over the years, the Minneapolis couple designed and sewed seven story masterpieces that are still flying today.  The Hot Air Affair featured their most famous jewel—the red, blue and yellow Montgolfier—at the 2020 balloon rally in Hudson.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 5 at 1 pm
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/xmq7JpFwCSQ

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Charlie Markert3:00 pm:  VIRTUAL CHARLIE MARKERT PAINTS THE SKY VIDEO, presented by Valley Agency.  World famous hot air balloon artist Charlie Markert created dozens of masterpieces standing 7stories high.  The former billboard painter switched mediums to balloon envelopes and Sky High Art became world renowned. The Hudson Hot Air Affair honored Charlie’s talents in 2016 when four of his creations—Amadeus, Molly & Me, Carousel and Cap’n Boo were inflated on the launch field.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 5 at 3 pm
(or anytime after) at:
https://youtu.be/-jNmN3WRjyI

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Tourchlight Parade7:00 pm:  VIRTUAL “BRINGING the FUN TO 2021” TORCHLIGHT PARADE VIDEO.  Join the FUN and watch the best of the best Torchlight Parade video highlights from the past 30+ years.  The costumes, the
balloon burners, the marching kazoo bands—what are your favorite memories?  Settle in for some silliness with this video.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 5 at 7 pm
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/qXNHSctUmC0

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2021

Barney Over Willow

Sat. Feb. 6th 8:00 am In the interest of safety, it is necessary that we cancel this morning’s pop up balloon launch because of wind speed and cold temperatures (-4° with -17° windchill)

8:00 am: POP UP BALLOON LAUNCH, 20 hot air balloons launching from various locations around Hudson.  The public will NOT be allowed at the launch sites.  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!  Event highlight!  Flights are weather dependent.
Retro TV Watch
Find video on YouTube River Channel
(Start time may vary on live videos)

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HOT AIR AFFAIR OUTDOOR FUN—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 immediate Hudson area.
BIRD WATCHING—Look for trumpeter swans and eagles on the St. Croix River.

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Food DriveRevised hours!
9:00 am – 5:00 pm:  POP IN, DONATE, POP OUT with FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD DRIVE
, at the former Family Fresh Market parking lot, 2351 Coulee Road, sponsored by 8CH Print.  Pop in to buy treats at the MSP Pretzel and Two Rivers Kettle Korn food trucks.  Donate non-perishable items for the Hudson Food Shelf.  Watch for signs. View a flyer for the Food Drive.

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10:00 am:Eat Shop Play The unique shops, fun destinations and outstanding restaurants of Hudson and the surrounding area invite you to check out their winter offerings.  Look for special promotions and events ideal for your winter outings in the Hudson area.  Visit Abigail Page Antiques, Angel’s Pet World, Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, BackRoom VintageCarbone’s Pizzeria in Burkhardt, Chapter2Books, Culver’s – Hudson, EJ’s Pizzeria, Family Fresh Market – River Falls, Grand Fête, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Hudson Flower Shop, Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits, Octagon House Museum/St. Croix County Historical Society, Old Southern BBQ, Onsite ApparelSeasons Gallery, The Postmark Grille, The Cellars Wine & Spirits, The 715, The Purple Tree, Urban Olive & Vine and Winzer Stube.

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Cornhole Tournament10:00 am – 2:00 pm:  CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT, at Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, 310 2nd Street, sponsored by Hudson Lions Club.  Prizes for top 2 teams.  Pre-register on the Hudson Lions club website by February 1 at TheHudsonLions.org.  $60 per 2-person team. View a flyer for the eventPlease observe current CDC, state and local health guidelines to keep people safe.

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11:00 am – 4:00 pm:  OCTAGON HOUSE MUSEUM STOP & SHOP and WALKING TOURS, 1004 3rd Street, sponsored by Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka, LLP Accountants.  Come shop and see the Octagon House Museum where local vendors will greet you in the parlor, library, dining room, kitchen and Carriage House.  $5 suggested donation for admittance.  Also offering 2 self-guided walking tours—Historic Hudson Revisited and historic buildings in the Downtown.  Maps and booklets available at the Octagon House Museum.  $1 each suggested donation. 

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Smoosh Board1:00 pm:  VIRTUAL SMOOSH BOARD COMPETITIONS VIDEO, coordinated by Catalyst Powered by TCO.  Watch Hot Air Affair’s wackiest winter sport with host announcer John Knutson and some of our previous smooshing winners.  Reminisce over the past years’ shenanigans of sports competition and relive the best of host John Knutson’s memorable costumes.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 6 at 1 pm
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/wste1v42shE

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2:30 pm:  VIRTUAL SUMMER BALLOONING VIDEO, presented by Citizens State Bank.  The sun is shining, the St. Croix is shimmering and the trees and grass are green—join local balloonists for a leisurely virtual cruise thru the river valley.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 6 at 2:30 pm
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/cVjhlwnB8p0

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3:00 pm:  VIRTUAL HONORING a BALLOONING PIONEER DON PICCARD VIDEO, presented by Citizens State Bank.  Then sit back for a ballooning history lesson about inventor, entrepreneur and ballooning pioneer Don Piccard from Minneapolis.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 6 at 3:00 pm
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/dvD0TnmLEc4

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 Cold Weather Notice:

*CANCELED* Due to the bitter cold forecasted for this weekend, the Balloon Glow/Candlestick Event has been CANCELED. While it may seem early to make a weather decision, the models are only trending worse for extremely cold temperatures and wind chill by Saturday afternoon and evening.  We think it will be impossible to safely conduct an event with these projected temperatures while following COVID-19 safety protocols.  We have chosen to err on the side of caution to assure the safety of our volunteers, pilots, crew members and support teams in the extreme cold conditions..

*CANCELED* 5:30 – 6:30 pm: DRIVE-THRU BALLOON and CANDLESTICK GLOW EVENT, at the St. Croix Business Park. Sponsored by Hall Family Foundation.  Inflated hot air balloons (weather permitting) and glowing burners light up the darkness as you enjoy from the comfort of your vehicle.  St. Croix Electric Cooperative and Family Fresh Market – River Falls offer other lighted displays.
Due to high demand and safety concerns, it is necessary for the Hot Air Affair to limit the number of vehicles that can attend this event. We expect the tickets to sell out quickly.
$5.00 per vehicle (suggested minimum donation) Event profits will be donated to the Hudson Food Shelf.
Balloon inflations are weather dependent.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021

Sat. Feb. 7th 8:00 am – There is no organized flight this morning, however there are a couple of pilots who will tryto launch this morning. (-17°, winds 5 miles /hr, windchills -20°-30°)
Bundle up and look up over the St. Croix River.

Balloon Inflates8:00 am: POP UP BALLOON LAUNCH, 20 hot air balloons launching from various locations around Hudson.  The public will NOT be allowed at the launch sites.  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!
Event highlight!  Flights are weather dependent.
Retro TV Watch
Find video on YouTube River Channel
(Start time may vary on live videos)

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HOT AIR AFFAIR OUTDOOR FUN—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 immediate Hudson area.
BIRD WATCHING—Look for trumpeter swans and eagles on the St. Croix River.

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Eat Shop Play The unique shops, fun destinations and outstanding restaurants of Hudson and the surrounding area invite you to check out their winter offerings.  Look for special promotions and events ideal for your winter outings in the Hudson area.  Visit Abigail Page Antiques, Angel’s Pet World, Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, BackRoom VintageCarbone’s Pizzeria in Burkhardt, Chapter2Books, Culver’s – Hudson, EJ’s Pizzeria, Family Fresh Market – River Falls, Grand Fête, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, Hudson Bowling Center/Plaza Lounge, Hudson Flower Shop, Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits, Octagon House Museum/St. Croix County Historical Society, Old Southern BBQ, Onsite ApparelSeasons Gallery, The Postmark Grille, The Cellars Wine & Spirits, The 715, The Purple Tree, Urban Olive & Vine and Winzer Stube.

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Fat Bike Race12:00 pm:  HIGH NOON HOT BALLOON FAT BIKE RACE – 3rd Edition, at Lakefront Park in Hudson, WI, sponsored by Velo Du Nord Coffee & Wellness.  This is a Lakefront Hot Lap  ITT (Individual Time Trial). First rider off at 12 NOON, with 30sec – 1min  intervals between racers. Start times will be posted Friday night, Feb. 5. Online pre-registration only, $20 for entry. Registration link Here Fundraiser for Hudson Fire Department. Please observe current CDC, state and local health guidelines to keep people safe.
View a flyer with race details

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2:00 pm: VIRTUAL THE PEREGRINE FALCON VIDEO from Carpenter Nature Center. Presented by Angel’s Pet World. The hot air balloons aren’t the only sights you might see flying in the St. Croix Valley.  Moving much faster, but equally adept at pleasing spectators, the peregrine falcon is a popular choice with bird watchers.  Here’s the scoop on that fast mover
in the Valley, details compliments of Jesse Eckroad at Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings and Hudson.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video premiere on Feb. 7 at 2 pm
(or anytime after) at: https://youtu.be/fywQk1SgqZQ

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3:00 pm:  VIRTUAL 1995 BALLOONIST ROUNDTABLE – REVISITED VIDEO. Some things never change—and Hudson Hot Air Affair is proud to say that what was perfection in 1995 holds true today.  Beautiful hot air balloons in the sky, skilled friendly pilots launching and landing the colorful behemoths in the snow.  Rewind the calendar to 1995 and join a pilot
roundtable and look for familiar faces still coming to Hudson’s annual winter hot air balloon rally.
Retro TV WatchWatch this video
at: https://youtu.be/DNLtZ0zx6pI

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