2016 QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning

Thank you Team QuickChek, for giving your all to make the 34th annual Balloon Festival the very best possible experience. You poured out the effort to serve our customers on Friday, July 29 and Saturday July 30. Cancellation of the festivities for Sunday left everyone wanting more.

The incredible heat and humidity really made for thirsty guests, so it’s a good thing Marketing ordered over 22,000 bottles of water! After last year’s debut, QCafé was highly popular, assisted by the cool, refreshing samples of smoothies and other frozen drinks. Fresh subs, sandwiches and healthy salads got a delivery boost too, with a megaphone announcing completed orders to our guests.

The fields of Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ were filled with crowds as crews inflated their colorful balloons for the Friday evening ascension. The 75-foot-tall, 500-pound Brazilian Piranha gave a toothy grin at the looming clouds. Those clouds delivered on their threat and cut flights short. Regardless, there were record crowds for the Third Eye Blind concert, as a huge throng of Millennials rocked out and experienced QuickChek hospitality. We even exceeded last year’s Friday in-tent sales by almost 25%! Great job!!

Rains came down, but that didn’t dampen the festivities, nor did the extreme situation dampen our QuickChek smiles. Despite the weather, loyal fans of the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America hung in there too. The QuickChek photo scavenger hunt made for fun web posts. On Saturday, the early morning ascension was spectacular and guests stuck around for KC and the Sunshine Band, hoping for clearer skies.

Rain or shine, the QuickChek Team, and our vendor partners, are always ready with Total Customer Dedication! A big THANK YOU to everyone who planned, prepared, set-up and delivered our very best. Your efforts clearly demonstrated the quality of our teamwork.

Take a look at the photos below (may take a bit to load: there are lots of terrific shots here!).

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