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:

  • The park will open at 6:00am for the Saturday and Sunday morning balloon launches, and will be open at 7:30am on Sunday for the Kelly LaBare 5K Run/Walk.
  • 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 35+ 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.

OBTAINING A BALLOON FLIGHT

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.

PILOT & PASSENGER AREA

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.

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.

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.

Silent Auction

Bids on our items will be accepted until Sunday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

At that time a live auction will be held to close the items.

Auction Items Include

Sports Memorabilia (autographed boxing gloves, autographed pictures & more)
Band Memorabilia (autographed photos and records)
Anthony Brunelli Print
Spiedie Fest Items (golf shirts, t-shirts, etc.)
Handmade craft items

Items are added daily to our list.

Car Show

Sponsored for 2017 by: Jack Sherman Toyota

The annual SpiedieFest Car Show is hosted by the American Cruisers Car Club of Binghamton, NY with the following schedule and categories:
Saturday - Antique Car and Truck Show
  • Production Cars 1900 – 1989
  • Pony Cars 64-68
  • Muscle Cars 1964 – 1999 – All Makes & Models
  • Trucks 1900 – 1989
  • British Cars
  • Special Interest – All Years, Makes & Models
  • VWs – All Years, Makes & Models
  • Corvettes – 1953 – Now
  • Microds – Asphalt \ Dirt & Hurricane Micro Sprints
Sunday - The Power Cruise
  • Mustangs 1964 – Now
  • Camaros \ Firebirds – 1964 – Now
  • Street Rods – 1900 – 1949
  • Custom \ Modified – 1950 – Now
  • Muscle Cars – 1964 – 1999
  • PT Cruisers – All Years
  • Special Interest – All Years
  • Trucks – Full Size & Mini – All Years
  • 4×4 & SUVs – All Years, Makes & Models
  • Vans – All Years, Makes & Models
  • Domestic Tunerz – All Years, Makes & Models
  • Import Tunerz – All Years, Makes & Models
  • Wild and Modified – All Years, Makes & Models
We encourage you to register in advance however registration is available on the day of the show.

Spiedie Contest

Sponsored for 2017 By: Lupo’s, WIVT, Newman Development Group, Weis Markets, Wegmans

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 three classes of competition, and one to four categories within each class. An open class for the public and a celebrity class for local celebrities to compete with one another! The open class competes in five 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 open class and have our own esteemed Chef’s association to judge the other classes.

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.

Kelly LaBare 5K

Sponsored for 2017 By: Wegmans

The Kelly LaBare 5K Run/Walk is held in celebration of Kelly M. LaBare, an education advocate and running enthusiast who died unexpectedly in 1997 at age 25. Because family, children, and running were central to Kelly’s life, we have planned an event that celebrates each of these things.

COURSE

This is a USATF certified course (NY1407JG) located in scenic Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, New York. The course is a flat and fast run along a paved roadway and walking trails through the park.

OLD COURSE RECORDS
  • Anthony Gallo 15:16 (2002)
  • Molly Huddle 16.16 (2004)
CURRENT COURSE RECORDS
  • Christian Thompson 14:41 (2013)
  • Lauren Mullins 18:12 (2014)
AWARDS
  • Female and male overall and masters
  • 3-Deep Age Group awards M & F
  • 13 & Under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & Over

(No duplication of Awards. Must be present to receive award.)

RACE DAY INFORMATION
Sunday August 6, 2017
Registration & packet pick 8:00 AM-9:25 AM
Race Day Registration ends at 9:25 AM
5K Start at 9:35AM
Kids 9 & under Free Fun Run at 9:00AM
Shirt availability is limited on race day
Race Day Registration Fee: $25 without a shirt

Special parking is AVAILABLE ON RACE DAY ONLY at Theodore Roosevelt School at 9 Ogden Street in Binghamton, which is within walking distance to the start on race day.

No headsets or strollers allowed due to safety issues.

Timing & Result services will be provided Leone Timing

http://www.leonetiming.com

For Additional Information

Email: kellylabare5K@gmail.com

Volleyball Tournament

The 29th Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament

This year marks the 29th Annual Co-ed Beach Volleyball Tournament. The first volleyball court that was built in Broome County was constructed in Otsiningo Park (home of the Spiedie Fest/Balloon Rally) in 1983, through the cooperative efforts of the county parks department and the Binghamton Volleyball Club. A few years later, two courts were built in a different location, and then expanded to four courts. At this time, the Spiedie Fest/Balloon Rally was looking to expand and include a volleyball tournament, and with the help of the club members it was a success and grew from year to year. Through this tournament, volleyball has expanded throughout the county to where there are now over a dozen sand courts and many leagues.

The Volleyball Tournament will be held beginning Saturday morning, August 5, 2017 and on Sunday morning, August 6, 2017 at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton. This year’s format will be as follows: Saturday will be a “Competitive 4’s Co-ed” team format. Sunday will be a “Recreational 6 player Co-ed” team format.

Saturday, August 5th (Competitive 4’s)
Entry fee postmark:
Prior or on July 15th – $60
After July 15th – $80
Sunday, August 6th (Recreational 6’s)
Entry fee postmark:
Prior or on July 15th – $90
After July 15th – $120

 

If you like the sand, sun and playing volleyball, then get your team together and sign up. It does not matter what level that you play as we have both competitive and recreational levels. With enough teams registered, we will even break into Gold and Silver divisions so that you get more playing time and more prizes. Volleyball T-shirts and other giveaways will be given to each team captain upon registration the morning of the tournament to distribute to his or her team members. More details on the tournament as well as tournament rules and details on the parking will be sent to you after your team has registered and paid. All profits go to a variety of local charities.

Once in the park, you can enjoy the great variety of food, fun, music & entertainment when you are not playing and after the tournament. See the main website for everything that is available. (www.spiediefest.com). There truly is something for everyone.

Come and join the fun. It keeps getting bigger and better every year, so don’t delay and get your registration in early. It not only assures your team a spot in the tournament, but can also save you money with early entry.

Please call for more information:
(607) 821-8763 (Dale)
(607) 761-3174 (Kelly)

The Safety Pad

Sponsored for 2017 by: Weis Markets

The Safety Pad is a child safety program developed by two educators from the Broome County area. The goal of the program is to provide a safe harbor for children to go if they feel lost or threatened. The Safety Pad has been associated with the Spiedie Fest for the last 11 years and we consider the program a vital part of every festival. We thank them for helping to keep our children safe.

At this year’s Spiedie Fest, the Safety Pad will have a tent at both entrances to the park as well as a location in the center of the park. Please review these locations with your children. We will also have a mobile Safety Pad that will travel throughout the park between pad locations. Our logo is a frog with a lily pad named Wolly Pog. Please familiarize your children with Wolly Pog so that they will recognize him when you arrive at the festival.

If you are bringing a child to the event please make sure you pick up and fill out an ID tag and a What My Child is Wearing form for your child. These are available at both entrances to the park. Volunteers from UHS will be handing out the tags & forms and will be happy to assist you in filling them out. THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS SERVICE.

If your child becomes separated from you at the festival, he/she should go to a Safety Pad location or the mobile unit- just remind them to look for Wolly Pog. Any child who is lost will be taken to the central location by a Safety Pad volunteer or security personnel. The child will be kept at the location until the person who filled out the ID card arrives. A security person will be present for reunification to verify ID.

If you become separated from your child, go to the nearest Safety Pad location. Security and all Safety pad locations will be immediately notified with a description of your child and the last place you saw him/her.

The Safety Pad is not just for children. Let the people you come with know that if you become separated, the center location is a great meeting place. We are at the event to help and to provide an extra layer of security for the young, the elderly, and everyone in between.

INFORMATION FOR BREAST FEEDING & INFANT TOTING CARE PROVIDERS
The Southern Tier Breastfeeding Coalition, a not for profit organization of area Lactation Consultants, health care professionals, and breast feeding advocates will host a “Nursing Mother’s Rest Area & Diaper Changing Station” again this year. Breast feeding information & support will be provided during all 3 days. Diapers have been donated by Toys R Us, UHS Hospital and Wal-Mart. Free bottled water will be available for breast feeding moms along with comfortable seating in a private setting. Come out and help us celebrate World Breast Feeding Week the theme of which is “Breastfeeding- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.”

Taste New York Tent

Sponsored for 2017 By: Cornell Cooperative Extension

The Taste NY program focuses on branding and expanding New York’s food and beverage industry by making the wide variety of foods and beverages made and grown in the state readily available and recognizable to New Yorkers as well as to the hospitality industry and public nationwide. Part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to promote agribusiness across the state, Taste NY is being marketed through a range of promotional efforts including Taste NY tents at important events, Taste NY stores in transportation hubs and a dedicated website, www.taste.ny.gov.

At SpiedieFest, look for the large Taste New York tent to be present in the middle of the festival on Saturday and Sunday!

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:

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

Visit the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park tent to meet, pet, and feed some of your favorite animals from the Binghamton Zoo’s Children’s Zoo! The ZooMobile will also be stopping by with education animal meet and greets throughout the weekend!

Hours:

Friday: Tent (3pm – 8pm), ZooMobile (4pm – 7pm)
Saturday: Tent (10am – 8pm), ZooMobile (12pm – 3pm & 4pm – 7pm)
Sunday: Tent (10am – 6pm), ZooMobile (11am – 2pm & 3pm – 6pm)

Midway Rides - Sponsored by M&T Bank
Look for a number of midway rides, including a large ferris wheel. The festival features four rides for older children, and five rides for younger children.
Corning Musem of Glass - Flameworking Demonstrations

The mobile flameworking demonstration van will be at SpiedieFest throughout the weekend. At this event, a glassworker will work on the spot to make amazing creations right before your eyes. Free raffled drawings to win a beautifully made glass piece happening throughout the day.

Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
This spectacular scene takes place right before dusk on Friday evening. Balloons, returning from their flights, re-inflate on the main field just as it gets dark but do not launch. As the sun fades away, the fire in each balloon makes them light up light brightly against the dark sky. It’s a sight to behold!
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.