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About Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

In 1983, a few families got together and argued over who had the best Spiedie recipe in Binghamton. Spiedies are small pieces of marinated meat (lamb, chicken, pork or beef) that can be skewered and then grilled. To put an end to their friendly rivalry, they held the first Spiedie Fest Cooking Contests in 1983 and 1984. After a successful contest in 1984, a small committee formed and it was decided to create the first SpiedieFest and Balloon Rally at Otsiningo Park with about 5 hot air balloons, some local music and a small children’s area. The goal was simple, to host a safe, fun, affordable event in which our community would be proud. The first year had an attendance of approximately 4,000.

We now host what is considered one of the top hot air balloon rallies in the country drawing over 100,000 admissions each year. Our philosophy remains the same now as it was in 1984: provide a safe, fun and affordable weekend for our community.

In 2001, we were recognized by the Library of Congress with a Legacy Award and today a SpiedieFest display resides in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The same year the festival was also recognized with an award from Syracuse Parks & Recreation as the Event of the Year for New York State. In 2005, the festival was named one of the 100 Destinations in the US by Destination Magazine. The Food Channel ran an episode on the SpiedieFest and Balloon Rally featuring the spiedie cooking contest and is still running today.

We have been named one of the top events by the Press & Sun Bulletin Readers’ Choice Awards every year since the contest began.

Since the inception of SpiedieFest, we have been able to donate over $1,000,000 to great organizations and causes right here in the Broome County area. We hope to continue this worthwhile tradition of entertainment and philanthropy for many years to come! Thank you to everyone who makes this possible.



Note: Items on this map may be subject to change, and are meant as a general guide to the layout of the park.


Most attendees of SpiedieFest choose to get a SpiedieFest Ticket, which allows admission to the festival and all concerts throughout the weekend for one low price. Tickets for 2018 are $20 before July 1st, and $25 from July 1st until August 2nd. Tickets will not be sold after August 2nd at 6pm. Tickets are not sold at the gates of the festival.

Daily walk-in admission to the festival is $8 per person, children 10 and under free. Daily admission does not include concert or meet and greet access. There is no pre-sale of walk-in admission – you only pay on arrival.

For 2018, all walk-in admission for Friday, August 3rd is complimentary courtesy of Visions Federal Credit Union. However, a ticket or concert pass is still required to enter the concert area that evening.