Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard

FAQ's FOR FIELDS OF FLIGHT EVENT

PARKING:

  • $12 for Parking – INCLUDES Admission - Carpooling is suggested and arrive early! 
  • We do have a shuttle/tram rides to and from parking areas.
  • Non-refundable if event is cancelled due to weather.

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED:

  • The orchard accepts Visa/Master Card for purchases over $5.00. 
  • No ATMS are available
  • Acceptable forms of payments at private vendor booths may vary.

BALLOON RIDES:

  • There will NOT be private rides available during this event.
  • We will NOT have Tethered rides this year.

WEATHER:

  • This is a weather-related event and weather permitting the balloons will fly.  The decision is up to each pilot.  We will not know until about 30 mins before launch time.  
    ​Balloons will only fly if conditions are favorable.

WHAT IS A BALLOON GLOW?:

  • Weather permitting, at dusk and while the balloons are on the ground the pilot(s) will ignite the propane burners periodically to light up the balloon. It’s breathtaking to see!  You'll want your camera out!

FOOD & DRINKS:

  • No outside Food or Drinks/Coolers permitted.
  • Food from our Orchard Cafe/ Pulled Pork/Turkey Legs and many other food options are available from vendors that are onsite to serve you.  Don’t forget about those APPLE CIDER DOUGHNUTS!
  • We will have Wine/Beer/Hard Cider/Water/Pop and Apple Cider available for purchase.

PETS:

  • We love pets but cannot have them at the orchard.

RESTROOMS:

  • Due to the large number in attendance there will be porta potties available.  Inside restrooms will be closed.

 MAY WE BRING OUR OWN CHAIRS/BLANKET:

  • Yes, it is highly recommended that you bring a chair/blanket – oh and some bug spray might be good too!

ORCHARD ACTIVITIES:

  • All regular orchard activities will stop at 4:00 pm to insure we have the tractors available for tram rides to and from the orchard for parking. This includes U-Pick apple picking. We will have apples available for purchase inside.
  • The playground will be available for kids to play on during the event. ​

If you have any additional questions, please call the orchard at (712)256-7053.

Fields of Flight

Flying High

ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE as this is a weather related event and can change at a MOMENTS notice.

Balloons will not fly under windy or rainy conditions.

DECISIONS ABOUT FLYING:
The Sport of Hot Air Ballooning is unique and so is the wind. Surface winds and winds aloft vary greatly and can also change very quickly; therefore, unless there is a threat of severe weather or intense winds, final decisions regarding flights are not made until official weather reports and pilot briefings, which occur 30 minutes before each flight
​(6am and 6pm). 

11th Annual Fields Of Flight –

Hot Air Balloon Festival


September 6-8, 2019


Parking is $12 PER CAR - NET PROCEEDS go to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life!

Friday, September 6
• 6:00pm Fun Flight 
• 5:30-9:30pm Live Music: Clean and Easy
• Glow at Dusk
Saturday, September 7
• 7:00am Competition Flight 
• 5:30pm Competition Flight
• 5:30-9:30pm Band: Mac & The Bulldogs
•Glow at Dusk
Sunday, September 8
• 7:00am Competition Flight (Dawn - 7:00am)
11am-1pm Live Music: Birch and Killion