Spiediefest & Balloon Rally at Otsingingo Park has been a Southern Tier tradition for over 35 years. This event brought spiedies, hot air balloons, live music, and the community together on the first weekend in August. Then COVID-19 hits and just like everything else, Spiediefest was brought to a halt and we wondered if it would be coming back.

Spiediefest Is Back On

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS! Spiediefest is back for 2021 and it has a new date. It's moving to later in the year and it'll be October 8th, 9th, and 10th at Otsinigo Park. Spiedefest brings an antique car show, sand volleyball tournaments, vendors, craft shows surrounding the park, a children's area with rides for the kids, and a whole lot more. It is truly a family-friendly event.

Spiediefest Memories

One of the things that my daughter Tara and I would do when we came to Spiediefest was to stop at the root beer stand. We would get a mug full of root beer and refill it continuously throughout the weekend. Don't tell anyone but I also did that at the lemonade stand.

We would come down to the park to watch the hot-air balloons being blown up and marvel at how big they were. To have a chance to see these majestic balloons up-close and personal then watch them become little dots as they flew away in the Binghamton blue sky.

I've been fortunate enough to introduce such country acts like Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Leann Rimes, and John Michael Mongomery. I can't wait to find out who is coming this summer.

Save the dates: October 8th through the 10th at Otsiningo Park. What Spiediefst memories do you have and what are you looking forward to this year?

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