Tom Baldwin writes: Growing up on a dairy farm in Warren County, I always looked forward to attending to The Warren County Farmers Fair. In 1962 I competed in and won The 4-H Tractor Driving Event. I went on to win at Trenton State Fair and represent New Jersey at the Eastern Finals in Virginia at The Richmond State Fair.
It was great to see The Fair attendance increase when Fred Groutenhuis introduced Hot Air Ballooning to the fairs events. I appreciate playing a small part in Fred’s vision to bring back The Fair.
I have been ballooning since the early 70’s and have been fortunate to have flown for Malcomb Forbes in France, Bennihanna Restaurants, and Unity Bank for the last 13 years. In 1987, I established In Flight Balloon Adventures LLC to provide a personalized ballooning experience. This spring almost 30 years later, my number 2 pilot took over what has become the largest Hot Air Balloon Company in NJ. I still enjoy flying.