As many of you know, I was born and raised in Binghamton so I have many fond memories of the Spiediefest and Balloon Rally.  It wouldn't be Summer without this great festival that gives back to the entire community.

When I was a teenager, I always enjoyed riding my bike from the West Side of Binghamton to watch the balloons launch early Sunday mornings.  I recall one morning in particular that was so foggy and riding my bike in to the park, all I could see were balloons surrounded by a soupy fog.  A wonderful experience etched in my memory forever.

Another great memory was the year the HAWK brought Deana Carter to the Spiediefest and Balloon Rally.  It must have been the Summer of 2008 or 2009.  I literally walked in to Deana who was roaming Otsiningo Park having her first Spiedie sandwich.  All I kept thinking about is I wish I had my camera to capture the moment.  Deana was very natural and personable and very pretty.

This year's Spiediefest and Balloon Rally looks like perfect weather and Saturday's LeAnn Rimes concert is expected to command a record crowd.  Buttons are required for the concert area.  Single day passes will be available at the gates.

Take your camera or have your phone ready.  It may be a good opportunity to capture a memory you will cherish for years to come.

For more information on this weekend's events, click HERE.  For more on LeAnn Rimes, click HERE.  Read more on parking and traffic, click HERE.