Just 50 miles from NYC, Readington, NJ is hosting the The 26th Annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. The festival, which started yesterday, offers a number of different balloons, including a Pepsi can, a version of Noah's Ark, and some bees. But the coolest--or at least the Sithest--one would be Michel Lambert and Benoit Lambert's Darth Vader Balloon. The Darth Vader Balloon's Belgian creators received permission from LucasFilm to make the balloon and first launched it last year. They say they picked the registration "OO-BQZ" because "We wanted to choose letters more closely related to the Star Wars universe."
Tomorrow is the festival's last day; balloons ascensions are at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Here's more information.