Media Info

The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally countdown is underway as we get closer to the 43rd Rally, July 20-22, 2018!

Media Credentials

Thank you for your interest in covering the 2018 Great Wellsville Balloon Rally as working media.
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Event Information

This year will mark the 43rd Annual Balloon Rally. The event is the largest event in Allegany County and takes place in charming Wellsville, New York.

The sky comes alive with vibrant colors and assorted shapes as close to 40 balloons take to the sky in a mass ascension. The place to be is Island Park as the balloons are inflated across four baseball fields. The natural amphitheater provides an opportunity to be in the action and with over 35 vendors selling everything from traditional carnival food to to balloon memorabilia you will not leave empty handed. Each year balloon teams from around the United States and Canada return to Wellsville in what is known as the friendliest rally in the world.

Media Coverage

Since the first Balloon Rally, media representing the local and national networks descend on Wellsville for this event. In recent years, the event has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and has been picked up by local, national and international stations. If you would like to cover The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally please contact Deb Thompson by emailing