2 big summer festivals are back (and looking for sponsors)

Festival of Ballooning coming to Readington in July; Rock, Ribs & Ridges to Augusta in June

The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning in Readington and the Rock, Ribs & Ridges music and food festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds are both on this summer — and have sponsorship opportunities available.

The N.J. Lottery Festival of Ballooning, previously sponsored by QuickChek, remains the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. It will be held July 23-25.

The annual event at Solberg Airport, which previously attracted 1650,000 attendees, has an opportunity available in the Financial Services category (which includes exclusivity in retail banking) for the first time in 20 years.

Presenting sponsorship including entitlement of the main stage and the festival’s concert series is available. Barenaked Ladies and Styx will be among this year’s performers.

The 11th annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges music and food festival (known for barbecue and beer) is presented by Franklin Sussex Automall on June 25-27 in Augusta.

Blackberry Smoke, Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Artimus Pyle Band, Pat Travers and the Weight Band head the list of this year’s headliners.

For more information, call the Festival Group at 973-882-5464.