If you have never been to the balloon festival, you have been missing a real New Jersey treat! With reasonable ticket prices, it is an all day (or all weekend) event. Pack up the kids, throw your beach chairs, blanket and umbrella (and their wagon if they are small) into the car and make your way to Readington (less than 10 miles from Bridgewater, NJ.)
Near the front gate, you will probably be handed a bag filled with a few flyers, pens, and various tchotchkes from a local bank or real estate company. By the time you leave at the end of the day, that bag will be filled with samples of chips, candy, yogurt, keychains, soda, toys... whatever the local vendors can give you to introduce you to their stuff. And FunniBonz is no different. Well... except that our samples are hot, fresh and delicious. That's all!
There is a huge assortment of vendor booths with stuff to sell - from hot tubs and windows and cars to wind chimes and dream catchers and Native American music. You will also find lots of food stands with a generous variety of typical summertimes fares.
There are places to play games or shoot hoops for prizes, moon bounces, circus acts, a kid tent with hands-on activites and even an amusement park with rides galore. Plus Kool and the Gang and Michael McDonald will be there in concert. How much more can you ask for?
And after all of that walking and playing and eating and excitement, settle down in your lawn chair and watch the balloons pump up and take off. The QuickChek eagle balloon lifts off first and a hundred gorgeous, unusually shaped, vividly colored balloons follow it over the horizon just before dusk rolls in. It is really a beautiful sight to see.
So if you have no plans this weekend, or even just one free day, we highly recommend the NJ Festival of Ballooning.
And, of course, don't forget to stop by the FunniBonz booth and say "Hi!"