Spiedie Fest Balloon Rally sports some unusual balloons! Photo: Leslie & Kirk VanZandberger Photography
Held for four days in August each year, this
Binghamton festival is named for the marinated and grilled
meat sandwich served to the 80,000 people who attend. Italian
immigrants introduced the
spiedie to the area in the
1920's. The festival started 16 years ago as a gathering of a
few families; today it uses 500 volunteers and offers hot air
balloon rides and live music. It is documented in text,
photographs, a videotape, posters, a program, news clippings,
and three bottles of spiedie marinade.
Originally submitted by: Maurice D. Hinchey, Representative (26th District).
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