Ravenna BALLOON A-FAIR                                                                 
                                          Fall Hot Air Balloon Festival Rally in Northeast Ohio

         Unofficial Balloon A-Fair page for  Northeast Ohio's Premier Fall Festival of Color

                         Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is the official name; often seen as Balloon-A-Fair;
                                                 AFair; Affair; and  A Fair   

        The  Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is the 2nd oldest Hot Air Balloon Festival in Ohio, having
                 started in 1979.  This is the 34th Balloon A-Fair.
  (Coschton is claming the oldest at 33 years)
                                 
-- It appears Marysville is oldest, starting in 1975?--

              3rd WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER                            RAVENNA BALLOON A-FAIR
               
(Weekend of the 3rd Saturday)                                  P O Box 454  Ravenna OH 44266
                                                                                                        
330.296.3247
                                                                                  
www.ravennaballoonafair.com
                                                                                                   Also on  FaceBook

        One of the many great festival events in Portage County Ohio                                                                                                                                                   
         
Also see page: HotAirBalloons  button    and     Facebook  group: Ohio Hot Air Balloon

            Come for several days and check out the other North East Ohio attractions listed at end below!                    



      Video 2006 of balloon launch  go to     www.youtube.com    search for "Ravenna Balloon A-fair"
               2007                                  go to  www.myspace.com   search for "Ravenna Balloon A-fair"


Balloon A-Fair - 2013 - Sept 19,21,22  


The 2013 Grand Marshal  

           The 2013 Grand Marshal has been selected and is Ric Hughes, currently director of the
            Ravenna All-City Musical.  
                  

     The Grand Marshal is an individual who has contributed much to the community in non work related ways AND
     .  Lives in Ravenna City or TWP .
        For  2014 please send a letter explaining in detail their many contributions to the community, no job related
        info will 
be considered, should be sent to the Balloon A-Fair by  Feb __ 2014    


    201Grand Parade theme is:  Be One With The Clouds

        The 2013 pins are in and available at the Chamber Office  9am-1pm
         Pin design contest entries are due  March 15, 2013-   Entries must be hand drawn and
       limited to four colors or sh
ades of colors and contain Name and Year and Theme
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       2013 Bicycle Raffle.  3 speed coaster brake with easy rolling tires.  Tickets 1.00/ 6 for 5.00
                 drawing 9-22.  

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     Like most festivals,  the Ravenna Balloon A-Fair DOES NOT ALLOW PETS, BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS
      DOWNTOWN OR SUNBEAU

            2013  Thur Sept 19  -CHILDREN'S PARADE   Theme:  Ravenna Kids Pride
                               Line up 5:30 pm at . Parade 6:30 pm.   Theme:  Ravenna Kids Pride

                               About 200 children participate in this brief parade. 

                             

        2013   Fri Sept 20 - Morning- Kick off Breakfast -
                    Advance paid reservations required.
         2013  Sat, Sun, Sept. 21 & 22  
            DOWNTOWN - Rain or Shine
                 SUNBEAU VALLEY FARM
-  Rain or Shine (balloons weather permmiting)
                       AND THE WIDE OPEN SKIES WEATHER PERMITTING
 
                          
No pets, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, etc,  Downtown or Sunbeau
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  DOWNTOWN RAVENNA     

                Thursday September 19, 2013 6:30 pm  
                           Children's Parade   
                              around 200 children with Walking Floats, Wagon Floats, Costumes, Pets, etc,-
                              About 12-15 minutes - Ronald McDonald entertains afterward at the prize ceremony.

                Saturday Sept 21, 2013:
     Sat only  
                         Grand Parade 9:00 am- rain or shine - 100-130 units
                         Craft, Food, Display BOOTHS till 5:00 pm
                         BANDS & ENTERTAINMENT 
                         CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINMENT
                         NEW --  amateur bbq contest.  home bbqers only, no trailers
                                                contact downtown booth person. see BAF site

                         Downtown events are free


            SUNBEAU VALLEY FARM, 2 Miles W of downtown.    FREE PARKING
                               Gates on Brady Lake Road,(angles off) west of Rt 59 (W Main St)  & Wall St
                         $5.00 admission to Sunbeau- 13 & older.   
                     As with 95% of Balloon Festivals, there are NO REFUNDS  
                       
                         MAIN GATE - 3100 Brady Lake Rd - Natural wood split rail fence along road coming
                                    from West (Kent area)
past a row of houses coming from East.
                                   
.4 mile W of Rt 59  -  41 09' 49" N  - 81 16' 45"W /

                   Handicap & Passes only--looks like main gate - Sunbeau Farm arch, white board
                               
fence  turns to follow drive.   --   .2mile W of Rt 59 - 41 09' 42 ' N -- 81 16' 36" W 
                                     

                    No pets, skateboards, roller blades, etc, bicycles Downtown or Sunbeau
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        2013   SAT :   Afternoon      2013 
Gates open 4? pm Sat.-           
                               Food and Craft Booths -  Entertainment
                              
Balloon launches  Sat  5:30 pm Wind & Weather permitting
                                                     23  balloons scheduled 2011

                               2013  Fireworks Sat evening
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                  SUN  
Gates open   2012 - 10 am Sun


                                          2013   Church Service- morning
                                 2013    Food, Craft Booths, 9am -/- Bands start afternoon - Sun at Sunbeau
                                 2012   TRACTOR SHOW  -  TRACTOR SHOW - Starts 9:am

                               
                           2013
Balloon launches Sun 5:30 pm Wind & Weather permitting  - 
                        No pets, skateboards, roller blades, etc, bicycles Downtown or Sunbeau


Parade units are by pre-application, application must be submitted by the deadline date


CRAFT SHOW PEOPLE:
 
  Booth space for crafters is available for 2013 at a very reasonable price.
      Time periods: Saturday- downtown all day OR Sunbeau mid-afternoon to night.
                                                        Because of time overlap you need 2 crews & 2 setups if
                                                        you want to do both on Sat.

                                     Sunday  - all day at Sunbeau  (moring to 7pm).

Parade sponsored by , Ravenna
Children's Activities by

Ravenna Balloon A-Fair
P O Box 454
Ravenna OH 44266

330.296.Fair  330.296.3247   www.ravennaballoonafair.com

OTHER EVENTS

Balloon A-Fair General Meetings: Usually 3rd Wednesday of the month at
(New Site) ENGLISH PUB 320 E Main Ravenna  Dinner 6pm--Meeting Only starts
at 7pm.  (
4 months may be different date or place)
Open to all interested persons. Call for details, time, and place confirmation.

 Dinner optional & reservations not necessary - order from regular menu.

2013 KICKOFF DANCE
        2013 Sat Feb 23 Ravenna Elks $10.00 admission. 7pm-Midnight
        Raffels every 1/2 hr, 50/50 drawing. contests. munchies.
        18 & over.

CHRISTMAS PARADE : 2012
 
                   Sat Dec 1 7pm- 
                    Clinton St  along Main St   to Meridian St.
                  
Participation by application.  All units must be lighted

NOTE :  Balloon launches are DEPENDENT on the WEATHER--They can NOT
                lauch if winds are above 10 mph.   FAA prohibits launch if storms are 
                approaching within 60 miles-  They festival people WANT TO LAUNCH
                but final control is up to the FAA Federal Aviation Administration.
                Refunds are not given at probably 95% of the festivals- they still have all the expenses.

You probably don't realize it, but a festival  costs $30,000. to  $100,000 or more!
   
           Muncie Ind cancelled in (2009) after 15 years.  They were rained out 2008
           losing
that revenue and a major sponsor dropped out 2009.
   Counter at 2342 on Apr 2, 2010  
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Come for several days and enjoy the other attractions North East Ohio has to offer.
   Canton, Pro Football Hall Of Fame;
   Kent - Kent State Fashion Museum featuring items from
              some of the countries major designers;
   Cleveland - Rock And Roll Hall of Fame,
Art Museum;
   Warren - National Packard Museum,  are some of the many high quality
    interesting attractions.

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