READINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Some families enjoy long car rides together. The Flores Family likes to ride motorcycles together at high speeds inside a giant metal ball of death.
And if that’s not fun enough, mom Arcelia risks life and limb atop a 55-foot-tall pole that sways from side to side. Untethered. And without a net.
The 40th annual New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning is the newest height for the Fearless Flores Family to climb, though they’re no stranger to the limelight: this family of daredevils made it to the quarterfinals of NBC’s hit TV show America’s Got Talent: Extreme.
From July 28 through 30, they’ll be one of the main attractions at the annual festival at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, performing death-defying stunts throughout the weekend.
“We’re thrilled to continue to provide the best talent and must-see attractions. Our audiences love these live performances because you never know what can happen, plus the Flores Family are people you can relate to from having seen them on TV,” said Festival Executive Producer Howard Freeman.
Arcelia risks her life on the sway pole while demonstrating acrobatic balance and grace high above the Festival grounds.
Daughter Viana – the “Princess of Motorcycle Daredevils” – will be the first rider inside the legendary “Globe of Death” giant metal ball. At the age of 12, she is the youngest female motorcycle stunt performer.
Their son Volorian, 20, then rides his motorcycle at high speeds inside the ball around Arcelia, who will be standing in the middle of the action. Father Ricardo then joins Volorian – double the danger, double the fun – as a second motorcyclist racing inside the ball.
The Flores’ make sure that audiences do more than just watch. They’re active participants while Viana simultaneously spins 12 plates during their show’s second act. Following their performances, patrons can enjoy a meet-and-greet with the family and pose for Instagram-worthy selfies inside the “Globe of Death.”
Keeping with the Festival’s tradition of having an unusual start to the “Trinity Solar Running With the Balloons 5K Race,” Arcelia will provide a special performance from high atop her sway pole as the race’s starting gun.
In spite of the danger of their act, the Fearless Floreses, ninth and tenth generation performers from South Florida, say they love the lives they’ve built alongside their family members as they travel the globe creating lasting memories for those in attendance.
The three-day New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning features the awe-inspiring spectacle of up to 100 hot air balloons taking flight twice each day; a live concert series; a nighttime hot air balloon glow; the Trinity Solar Running with the Balloons 5K; the New Jersey Lottery “Lottery Land” members-only VIP entertainment complex; family entertainment and attractions; children’s amusement rides; comfort food and more.
To learn more including the Fearless Flores Family performance schedule or to purchase tickets, visit www.balloonfestival.com.