Hot air balloon festival dazzles crowd in New Jersey

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A photographer takes pictures near an inflated Master Yoda character hot air balloon during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Crew members assemble their hot air balloon in the early morning during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A photographer's shadow is cast on a hot air balloon as it is inflated by a crew during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Crews inflate their hot air balloons in the early morning during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
People help an inflated hot air balloon over a fence during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Inflated hot air balloons begin lifting off during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Inflated hot air balloons begin lifting off during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Mike Hernendez, of Glens Falls, N.Y., controls his hot air balloon in the early morning during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Inflated hot air balloons begin lifting off during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
An inflated American Flag hot air balloon is seen near a photographer during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
An inflated Panda Bear character hot air balloon flies during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A crew member gestures as a hot air balloon inflates during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Inflated hot air balloons begin lifting off during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
An inflated hot air balloon is seen through the tail of large seahorse character hot air balloon during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A woman takes a photograph near a seahorse and American Flag character hot air balloon during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Inflated hot air balloons prepare to fly during the 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport Friday, July 24, 2015, in Readington, N.J. The festival which runs through Sunday, July 26, 2015, will feature as many as 100 balloons, including many large, shaped balloons of Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear, and a baby dinosaur. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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By PETER MARTINEZ

A hot air balloon festival took flight this weekend with more than 100 different creations from around the world.

Some designs include Darth Vader, Master Yoda, an American Flag, a giant whale, a Panda Bear and a baby dinosaur.

The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is in its 33rd year and takes place at the Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.

According to the website, there is daily entertainment including the chance for morning and evening balloon rides starting at $225 per person -- which have already sold out. The event concludes Sunday, July 26.

Take a look at some of the creations above in our gallery, and learn more by watching this video below.

100 Hot Air Balloons on Display This Weekend


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