Sunday, August 4, 2013

Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally: It's More Than Just Marinated Meat & Balloons

This weekend brought us the 29th Annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally.  Yes, it started; at least the Spiedie Fest part, over a debate among friends as to who had the best spiedie recipe. The hot air balloon rally was added much later.  It has since morphed into something much more than a celebration of marinated meat and hot air balloons.

In my opinion, it has become a celebration of community above all else.  I spent the better part of Saturday walking and observing the people.  Whether it was families, teenagers or seniors enjoying the event, there was a clear sense of community throughout Otsiningo Park.  Very rarely can you gather 1000's of people in a confined space and see so many smiles and friendly faces. As I was taking pictures, I overheard one woman say she was from Ohio and was amazed at how friendly everyone was.  I am sure that was not an isolated incident.  

Congratulations to the organizers, scores of volunteers and, to all the people of Broome County.  Once again, you have not failed me in proving that it is the people that makes this place as special as it is.


  1. You are so right Patti! We at Jimmy Js Avian Rescue Center are exhausted, but so grateful for the invitation to participate this year. The other vendors were wonderful to us and the guests were respectful, curious and eager to learn about our special birds. We are definitely coming back next year!

    1. It was great seeing the two of you and having a chance to admire the birds up close and personal. As I stated, there was so much to see and do - your booth just one of many educational and fun stops that were available for people of all ages.