This pandemic continues to cancel or postpone some of the most iconic events in New Jersey.

The 38th Annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of  Ballooning that was originally supposed to take place from July 24th to the 26th is now postponed until October 16th to 18th.

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This is the largest summertime hot air balloon and musical festival in North America and it is set to take place at Solberg Airport in Readington Township.

“The safety and well-being of our patrons, balloon pilots, concert headliners, partners, vendors, staff and the overall community, are our foremost concern,” said executive producer of the festival, Howard Freeman.

In addition, Styx, the band who was originally scheduled to perform in Sunday's concert, will no longer be headlining the event. Officials of the event are working on booking a new headliner.

Tickets that were purchased -- especially for Sunday's performance -- will still be honored and all attendees are promised the same seat location.

An email will be going out to all ticket purchasers with details in regards to exchanges and refunds.

“While Governor (Phil) Murphy hasn’t entirely lifted the public health emergency, we are hopeful we can come together in the fall to celebrate the magic of hot air ballooning and that the festival will be a part of the recovery and healing process," Freeman said. “The fall foliage, cooler weather, and beauty of the Hunterdon County countryside provide exciting opportunities to enjoy the festival in a new way this year."

 I know this isn't what we wanted to hear but at least this iconic New Jersey event is postponed and not canceled.

When we get word on that new headliner, you can for sure expect to hear from us.

For more information, take a look at the Festival's Website or

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