Between the International Balloon Festival and me, well, it's a real family affair! Being a native of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, it is with pleasure and pride that I accept this year the honor of being the ambassador for the 31st anniversary of the festival that I grew up with!

Joey Scarpellino

What do you mean by unfavorable conditions?

Winds too weak or too strong (more than 12 km/h), rain and thunderstorms in a zone of 50 km are unfavorable conditions. On the other hand, it can happen that the conditions are unfavorable at 6 p.m. and that the takeoff is given 20 minutes later. Please note that if the takeoff is late, it can affect the flight duration. In all these cases, the pilots have to wait the « balloonmeisters »’s approval before the takeoff.