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Balloon in the shape of a dragon at Spiedie Fest Balloon Rally
Spiedie Fest Balloon Rally sports some unusual balloons! Photo: Leslie & Kirk VanZandberger Photography

Spiedie Fest

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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