A Hot Air Love Story | Washington Post

︎︎︎ In 2001, Giulia Grotenhuis and her husband, Fred, began a hot air balloon festival at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair in New Jersey.

They’d met in 1989, when Giulia started working for Fred’s quick print shop in Easton, Pa. Fred was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War; after the war he continued to fly helicopters, small planes, hot air balloons, powered parachutes and, eventually, paragliders.

Fred died more than six years ago, but Giulia continues his legacy by hosting the hot air balloon festival every year.

She has since expanded it to several events throughout the year in Warren County.

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