Hillsborough Balloon Fest & Fair  

July 6-9, 2017*

*GSA Volunteer Shifts are on Saturday, July 8th only

Sign ups open Tuesday, June 20, at 8 a.m.

 We are excited to help out again this year with the Hillsborough Balloon Fest. This weekend event offers something for everyone: carnival rides, stage acts, a variety of food, the incredible hot air balloons, and more. The Saturday evening fireworks are one of the premier fireworks displays in all of New Hampshire, there’s a parade on Sunday, and the balloons go up at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

 Event Hours
Thursday, July 6:    6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, July 7:        5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 8:     6-9 a.m. for pancake breakfast & balloon lift off 

12 p.m. – 11 p.m. for carnival

Sunday, July 9:      6-9 a.m. for pancake breakfast & balloon lift off

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. for carnival

 Event Location

Grimes Field, 29 Preston Street, Hillsborough, NH 03244 

Parking Info
On-site, free for GSA volunteers, $10 for the general public

Event website

 GSA Duties

  • Parking Lot Cashier: Handle the cash at the main entrance to one of two parking lots. $10 per car.
  • Food Tent Attendant: Keep the food tent area neat and clean, picking up trash off the ground, clearing containers and food off the tables, washing the oilcloth tablecloths, answering questions as needed from visitors, and letting the grounds people know when a trash can needs to be emptied.
  • Grounds Cleanup: Empty trashcans, replacing the bags, and also replace toilet paper in the port-a-potties as well as paper towels at the hand washing stations. Gloves are provided. Shifts are flexible. You are needed for about 15-20 minutes out of every hour.
  • Parking Lot Attendant: Work in the outer reaches of the parking lot directing visitors to parking spaces to ensure space is used efficiently.
  • Parking Lot Flagger: Work on Henniker Street to flag cars into the correct parking lot A (Preston Street Field) or B (Osram lot.)
  • Administration Table: Answer questions of all kinds about the event, the balloons, and the Hillsborough area, answering performer questions (if any), selling t-shirts, etc.
  • Ticket Booth Attendant: Sell ride tickets/bracelets and answer questions. The prices are in the booth. Careful attention is paid to the numbering of the tickets on both the sheets and the rolls of individual tickets. Booths are air conditioned and there are stools to sit on. Adults only.


  • Free parking
  • Come early or stay late to see the festival
  • Hours count as Event Hours for the Indian Head Perk

All GSAs are eligible to volunteer. Older Future Leaders of NH (kids aged 7-17) may volunteer for some jobs with a parent or grandparent. E-mail Naomi for more details.

Orientation is to be decided. We will e-mail you with more details as soon as we have them.

Dress code

  • Please wear your GSA uniform: GSA shirt, khaki pants/shorts/skirts, name tag, and comfortable shoes. In addition, since this event is outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather – layers for cooler mornings and evenings, rain gear as needed, sunscreen, etc.

Event difficulty level varies depending on the job. Generally you will need to be on your feet for much of your shift, but check the specific job descriptions for more details.

Contact person for GSAs - Naomi Halter, naomi@nhgsa.com, 603-566-3030


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