Guest Guide

Guest Guide

Visitors to the park may begin arriving at 3:00pm on Friday. Shuttle buses will run continuously between SUNY Broome and Otsiningo Park throughout the festival.

Please Note:

  • All backpacks and any bag or container larger than 14 x 14 x 16 are prohibited from entering the festival grounds. All visitors will be subject to security screening and inspection of approved bags or other items carried in. Broome County Charter and Code (section 281-3 (c) & (i) prohibits the possession of any firearm, alcohol, illegal substance, or dangerous weapon on park property.
  • Service dogs are allowed if properly identified.

To explore the many events happening at the festival, please browse the links to the left.

Hot Air Balloons

We have 20+ balloons in participation with pilots that travel from all over the country including a few “special shape” balloons that vary from year to year. Please check out the photo archive to see the many amazing balloons that have been a part of our festival in the past.


Want to take flight? Flights are still available – call 765-6604 to find out how you can secure your spot now! Flights are $200.00 per person.


Please take the time to stop by our Pilot & Passenger Area. Prior to each hot air balloon liftoff, passengers will have a chance to meet the pilots and learn more about the fascinating world of hot air ballooning while enjoying snacks & refreshments.

Balloons Powered By: Mirabito Energy Products

Live Music

Live Music is a huge component of the annual SpiedieFest and Balloon Rally. Each year the festival hosts numerous acts both regional and national. Past festivals have featured diverse acts including Kansas, Deana Carter, O-Town, Lisa Loeb, Little Big Town, Loverboy, Blue Oyster Cult, Amber, Jimmy Sturr, Donna Lewis, Mark Wills, and American Idols Kimberly Locke, Constantine Maroulis and many more.

For complete information about what acts will be playing at the festival, please refer to the festival schedule page.

2021 Sponsors: Tioga Downs Casino, Visions Federal Credit Union, and Delta Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors

Celebrity Appearances

Each year the festival hosts several meet-and-greets with celebrities. All celebrity appearances take place in the Main Stage area unless specifically noted. To attend a Meet and Greet, you must purchase a ticket for that event.

For a complete schedule of this year’s meet and greets, please refer to the festival schedule listing.

2021 Sponsor: IBM

Silent Auction

Auction Items: TBA

Car Show

The annual SpiedieFest Car Show is hosted by the American Cruisers Car Club of Binghamton, NY with the following schedule and categories:

SPIEDIE FEST 2021’S ANTIQUE, CLASSIC, COOL CAR & TRUCK SHOW October 9th & 10th - 10AM to 2PM -

This year our Car Show will be BOTH Saturday and Sunday with some new additions. Our feature car this year will be a 1958 Chevy Impala Convertible Previously Owned by Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s Restaurants!

Open Classes. Custom Plaques. Tons of beautiful machines.

All cars are welcome.

We encourage you to register in advance however registration is available on the day of the show.

2021 Sponsor: Jack Sherman Toyota

Spiedie Contest

This is the event that started it all, a salute to marinated meat on skewers, the pride of Broome County! The Cooking contest was part of the Balloon Rally’s original conception: a spirited Cook-off of a local food and a balloon rally. Anyone can join the fun and competition, applications are available and you simply need an original Spiedie recipe to enter.

There are two classes of competition: an open class for the public and a celebrity class for local celebrities to compete with one another! The open class competes in four different categories: Poultry, Pork, Beef & Venison, and Lamb. There is also an award for best presentation.

Our host this year is Jim Ehmke from NewsChannel 34. We bring in local dignitaries to judge the celebrities and have our own esteemed Chef’s Association to judge the open class.

The fun starts at 1pm on Sunday and will be covered by local TV and Radio Stations. Don’t miss the fun. Forms are available on line or call Spiedie Fest for information (607-765-6604) and forms.

Events for Children

SpiedieFest is a great place to take your whole family – not only is Otsiningo Park a great place to spend an afternoon and watch the balloons launch, there are a number of exciting events that will be great for kids, including:

To see all events, please look at the event schedule page.

Beer and Wine Garden

SpiedieFest features a Beer and Wine Garden tent, allowing responsible of-age adults a place to sample and enjoy local and regional beers and wines.

This tent is the only area where alcohol can be purchased on Festival grounds, and alcohol is not permitted to leave the tent under any circumstances.