Broome Ready For 29th Annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

(BINGHAMTON, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, Spiedie Fest Event Coordinator Dave Pessagno and New York State Department of Transportation representatives today announced final details for the 29th Annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally and important traffic information for visitors.
“Beautiful Otsiningo Park is ready for the 29th Annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “This is a weekend when Broome County shines with national exposure as we welcome visitors from throughout the world.”
Opening Ceremonies beginning at 6:00pm on Friday will honor members of the United States Armed Services. Veterans and military personnel will get free admission on Friday with a Broome County Veterans Discount Card; cards are free and can be obtained at the Broome County Clerk’s Office on the 3rd Floor of the Broome County Office Building.
“We are pleased to honor our veterans and military men and women during the Opening Ceremonies and offer free Friday admission through our Veterans Discount Card Program,” said Preston. “This is a small way to say thank you for their service sacrifices on behalf of our grateful County.”
Throughout the last year Broome County has repaired and expanded pathways and completed electrical work throughout Otsiningo Park and finished work on new bathroom facilities near the central fields and playground area. The Park will be closed to visitors from Thursday, August 1st through Tuesday, August 6th for setup and teardown of the event.
“With beautiful weather forecasted, outstanding entertainment, delicious food and careful planning, this year’s Spiedie Fest is on track to be one of the biggest to date,” said Event Coordinator Dave Pessagno. “We are thankful to Broome County for their hard work to prepare Otsiningo Park and we invite residents from across the region and throughout the world to join us this weekend.”
The New York State Department of Transportation is working to minimize the impacts to the event by ending daily work by noon on Friday within the Prospect Mountain construction project.  Existing lane closures will be in effect.
The on-ramp to Interstate 81 northbound at interchange 5 will be closed at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 2nd to accommodate bus traffic.  This closure occurs every year and is not associated with the Prospect Mountain project.  The interchange will be reopened on Monday, August 5th.
07/31/2013 - 2:35pm