hot air balloon festivals
   balloon organizations
   hot air balloon rides
   balloon events                                                                                     
                                                      
 
    
   Complete list of OHIO HOT AIR BALLOON RALLYS & FESTIVALS & many of the
   HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES in Ohio

    Also see  Attractions - Events by Type - Info links - Restaurants -  Shops   pages

          Many of festivals have at least some other activities besides balloons

             ~~29 events in 27 cities --  15 Ohio Festivals with several Hot Air Balloons;
              10 "liftoffs of a few balloons at other festivals, county fairs, winery events;
              4 glows;        + 2 balloon clubs with  flyouts at some of their meetings
~~

             
NOTE :  Balloon launches are DEPENDENT on the WEATHER--They can NOT
                 launch 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 of any size costs $30,000. to $100,000. to put on. 

                     ALSO SEE THE GROUP:   OHIO HOT AIR BALLOON   ON FACEBOOK

           PORTAGE COUNTY FIRST - THEN STATE WIDE ALPHABETICALLY BY CITY

          
NEW 2012 - VAN WERT BALLOON FESTIVAL RETUNS AFTER 12 YEARS


 
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PICT0029
  OHIO HOT AIR BALLOON EVENTS
    
Continuing ( from 2009)
            

  Ravenna            Aurora

  Alliance           
Coshocton     Marie Stein
  Ashland            Findlay           Marysville
  Berlin Center   Grove City     Middletown (2)
  Burton               Hartville        Plain City
 Canal Fulton     Hilliard           Stow?
  Canton              Indian Lake   Urbana
  Chagrin Falls    Louisville      Wellington
  Cincinnati (2)     Madison        Xenia
  Dalton
                         
Maysville KY

                                
                                 
  
                        
                           





       RAVENNA   44266   PORTAGE CO.

   THIS LIST DOES NOT INCLUDE BALLOON EVENTS WHICH ARE TETHERED RIDES ONLY
          MANY FESTIVALS DO NOT ALLOW PETS NOR SKATEBOARDS  
     _____________________________________________________________________    


                RAVENNA BALLOON A-FAIR   2013 -35th year- The 2nd OLDEST in OHIO
                          2013 Sat Sept 21, Sun Sept 22
                          Please see  Balloon A-Fair button this site & BAF website
                           for more activities and info.
                          See Balloon A-Fair button for festival info RBAF page this site

                               and organization page for group info   Organizations page
                          Official Balloon A-Fair website  :
www.ravennaballoonafair.com
                                 
         330-296-FAIR
                            Newspaper  www.recordpub.com     Akron Beacon www.ohio.com
 
                                   Weekend of the 3rd Saturday of September every year.
 

2013 Ohio Cities & Start Dates
MAY JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER
Chagrin Falls
2013 5/23-26
Cincinnati
2013 7/03
Lancaster
2013 8/2-3
Van Wert
2013 9/6-8

 

Urbana
2013 7/5-7

 
Wellington
2013 8/03 
Xenia
2013 9/20-21
NOVEMBER
JUNE Middletown
2013 7/12-14

Findlay
2013 8/9-11
RAVENNA    2013 9/21-22
Cincinnati
Coshocton
2013 06/7-9
Canton 
2013 7/19-21

Alliance
2013 8/08
 
Madison
2013 6/7-8

New Castle PA   2013 7/25-28
Marysville
2013 8/15-17

December
Middletown
2013 Nov-Dec?

Meadville PA
2013 7/25-28

Angola IN
2013 7/12-13
Grove City
2013 8/23-24


Ashland       2013 6/27-30

Independence KY
2013 7/,5,
Berlin Center
2013 8/21








     ALLIANCE -   STARK CO.
                          CARNATION FESTIVAL -  2013  Thur Aug 8- Sun Aug 18  >M<  s
                                   
See Many Other Festival events on their site.
                         Balloon launch 2013  Balloon launch Thurs  Aug 15 -after 6pm-Silver Spring Park
                         Rain date Fri.15th  www.carnationfestival.com   newspaper The Alliance Review  www.the-review.c

      ASHLAND - ASHLAND CO.
             
 
Ashland BALLOON  FEST > - 
                      2013 Thuri June 27 -  Sun June 30 -    ( First Year 1990 )
                          www.ashlandohioballoonfest.com

     BERLIN CENTERMAHONING CO.
                    
MASTROPIETRO WINERY    14558 Ellsworth Rd 44401
                           2013
Sun Aug 21   5th annual  balloon festival. 1pm-9pm
                      entertainment, food, kids entertainment & food.   balloon flight.
                      $5.00 admission.      www.mastropietrowinery.com   
(1st year 2008)

       BURTON - 
GEAUGA CO
                   Great Geauga County Fair
                     
2009 A Balloon Flight Thur? Fri Sat Sun, & Mon? evening. 2009 Sept 3-7 - 4 balloons
                             
www.geaugafair.com 

    CANAL FULTON  -/- NORTH LAWRENCE -- STARK CO.
              HOT AIR BALLOON SHOW -
                      
2012 - Sat- Balloons Sat-evening-Aug 18
                   Clay's Park   www.clayspark.com  
www.clayspark.com/2012 Brochure.pdf
                  YANKEE PEDDLER FESTIVAL      Clay's Park
                          Crafts and Deminstrations & music of 200 years ago & curent day..  Extremely popular festival.
                          2010  Sat & Suns Sept 11-12, 18-19, 28-26
                          There is a  lift off of one hot air balloon at 5pm . Site does not say every day or not. Sat  & Sun.

                          
Festival runs 3 weekends in Sept.  www.yankeepeddlerfestival.com

    CANTON - STARK CO.
            
 Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic  2013  Many Varied Activities
                     3 day event part of 18 day (2013 Fri  July 19 - Mon Aug 5) Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Fest |
                          2013  Fri July 19 - Sun Jul 21   Balloon fest
                          
www.profootballhoffestival.com    
                           www.profootballhoffestival.com/events/balloon_directions.asp

  
    CHAGRIN FALL  - CUYAHOGA  CO.    -Memorial Day Weekend
              BLOSSOM TIME  BALLOON FESTIVAL 2013  5/23-26
                        2013 Thur   May 24 -   Glow 8pm Thur-
                        2013  partial info- Fri -Sat & Sun May 24-26   6pm

                                       Possible morning flight Sat or Sun morning.
                           Sun-  ---Parade Downtown  Sun 2pm
                          
Balloons at High School-free-- Carnaval in Park.
                           Race/fun runs - Jaycees site.
                           Sponsored by Cuyahoga Valley Jaycees.  
www.cvjc.org 
  First year balloons 1988
                          
Go to the JayCees website.  The schedule is a many page PDF.  click on the word  'Program ' under
Blossom'13 in upper right of page.   The entire event info is mixed in with the sponsors advertising.  go
all the way to end for complete info.  www.cvjc.org                     

       CINCINNATI  -   HAMILTON CO
              
       Make A-Wish Benefit: 2013 Saturday March 30 5pm - 8pm
                          Balloon Glow - 3 balloons scheduled-  other activities.
                         
https://www.facebook.com/events/368123823284800
      

                 
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow - Coney Island Park - 2013 WED JUL 3 - 5pm 11pm            
                             Enterainment, Balloons, Fireworks  13th Annual. Event FREE - Rides normal rates.
 
                                 Parking $8.00 TO 2PM, $10.00 after 2pm.   Coney Island Park Glow


                     BALLUMINARIA -   Eden Park,  950 Eden Park Dr -  2012  Sat Nov 17  4-6 pm
                                          Hot Air Balloon Glow  - - Mirror Lake in Eden Park.
                                          Sponsored by Cincinnati Park Dept. More info:
website                               

                            TALL STACK FESTIVAL -  Held every 3 or 4 years.  Last 2006 next 2014
                                 STEAM BOATS -  2006 also had hot air balloons.

 
        Coshocton-   COSHOCTON CO
                     Hot Air Balloon Festival -- 2013- Fri-Sun Jun 7 - 9 - 32th year
                     
                      WWW.COSHOCTONCHAMBER.COM 
                       First year 1982      (They are claiming the oldest in Ohio
                        Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is in the 35th year festival -starting 1979 - Marysville 1975)



      FINDLAY  - 
HANCOCK CO
                Flag City Balloon Fest 2013 Fri  Aug 9-Sun Aug 11 - 1st year 2000.
                        
www.FlagCityBalloonFest.com

     GROVE CITY OH  -  FRANKLIN  CO
                      2013 - Expanded to BALLOONS AND TUNES  in2009
                             2013 Fri - Sat -Sun Aug 23-24 
                             Sponsored by City of Grove City .  - 614.277.3040
                             Visitors and Convention Bureau
(800)539-0405  
                              
www.grovecityohio.gov/events/balloons
   HARTVILLE   -  STARK CO. 
              MAIZE VALLEY FARM  & Winery
                              
2009 Sat - Sep 26 - Hot Air Balloons - Flight and glow (2008 $8.00 & 5.00 -over 70 years free.)
                            www.maizevalleywinery.com/ohiofamilyactivities

      HILLIARD OH  -  FRANKLIN  CO 
                            
Franklin County Fair  2013  NO balloons on 2013 schedule
                                             Franklin Co fair site

    INDIAN LAKE -  LOGAN CO
             FALL FESTIVAL & LIFT OFF 2010 Fri Sat Sun Sep 24 -26,  Balloons on 25th
                   rain date  Sat Sept 26
                   
    937.8436.5392  First Year 2007  www.indianlakechamber.org

  
         LANCASTER -(CARROLL) -  FAIRFIELD CO.
                2013 -, - Fri Sat, Aug 2-3 . 1st year 2011
                      
Festival Website
                       www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20110715/NEWS01/107150303/Lancaster-balloon...
  
     LOUISVILLE  -  STARK CO.
                
2012 -The Constitution festivals- committe meetings listed on website

                 
CONSTITUTION
DAYS FESTIVAL - 10 DAYS - In 2009
                                         http://www.louisvilleconstitution.org


     MADISON  -    LAKE CO.
                 HOT AIR BALLOON RALLY 31st- 2013 DEBONNE VINEYARDS   
                       2013-Fri Jun 7-   ---7 to 11pm - Night Balloon Glow
                      Sat Jun 8- 4pm or later  - Balloon Flight  -  Several more activities.
                      Event free - Parking $4.oo donation to Boy Scouts
                            Also many events and music all year.-- tethered balloon rides some
                      Wed evening
throughout Summer - see their calendar page.
                               www.debonne.com
                                  


      MARYSVILLE OH  -   UNION CO
                   All Ohio Balloon Fest 2013- Thur- Fri Sat August 15-17
                            First Year 1975 Oldest in Ohio 38th year
www.allohioballoonfest.com 
                            newspaper www.marysvillejt.com

     MIDDLETOWN OH -   BUTLER CO  &  WARREN COs
                Ohio Challenge -
2013  Fri Jul 12 -Sun Jul 14
                New this year - hot air balloon rides.
                10th annual.  First Year: 2003
                 
www.ohiochallenge.com     www.ohiochallenge.com/event/media 

               WINTER BALLOON GLOW. 2013 Glow not set
                    Part of LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN . 2013 Nov 28 - Dec 31. --6pm-10pm
                    Smith Park  -Donation box at entrance.  www.lightupmiddletown.org                    

     MINERVA  -  STARK CO.
                    Minerva Hot Air Balloon Fest   2nd Annual - 2007 
                           2006 & 2007 only, none in 2008, no word on one 2012 (as of 8-11-2012)
                           http://www.minervachamber.com/

  
PLAIN CITY  MADISON CO
                 SHEKINAH FESTIVAL - Shekinah Christian School Free - 2012 Fri eve Sep 7, SAT  Sep 8,
                             Sat  Balloon Flight- Sunrise (7 AM?)   only one  -approx #     balloons
                             activities during day.    www.shekinahchristianschool.com


       STOW -   SUMMIT CO 44224
                       KENT STATE AVIATION FAIR  - 2009 -
  Sept 12   KSU Airport
                       Past years has had early morning Hot Air Balloon flight- 

                               http://www.stow.oh.us     

                         Newspapers  www.recordpub.com   www.ohio.com   Stow Sentry www.stowsentry.com

      SIDNEY -  SHELBY CO
                   AIR FAIR   2010  Fri Sat Sept 17 - 18  Free.
                   5 balloons  Fri evening, Sat morn& evening, Glow Fri evening 
               tethered rides-small fee- Sat morning.    www.sidneyoh.com
              
     URBANA -   CHAMPAIGN CO.

                        CHAMPAIGN COOUNTY BALLOON FEST - 2013 Fri-Sun July 5-7 -Urbana Airport
                           Champaign Co Chamber 937.653.5764    877.873.5764
                           Free Admission, parking. 
                             Champaign - Urbana Balloon Fest

 
VAN WERT
       HOT AIR FESTIVAL Van Wert Count Fairgrounds - 2013 Fri, Sat, Sun Sept 6, 7, 8
                   Anne Marshall 419.238.4551,   Jerry Mazur 419.232.2010
                   www.vanwerthotairfestival.com

    WAPAKONETA  - 
AUGLAIZE CO
                  SUMMER MOON FESTIVAL  2009 Mon July 13  - Mon Jul 20  Balloons 7-19
                       Festival to honor 40th year of moon landing. http://www.summermoonfestival.com/
                       Balloons for 40th year anniversay only, festival has been held sereral years.

    WELLINGTON  -  LORAIN CO
       WELLINGTON BALLOONFEST  - Clare-Mar Lakes Campgrounds.
                2013  Sat Aug-03- ,  noon-10:00 pm    6thAnnual  First Year: 2008
                    Food, crafts, bands, tethered and 20 balloon evening flight.
                    $5.00 a car load.$2.00 Wlak-ins.   Procceeds benefit Co. Office On Aging.

                   
www.wellingtonballoonfest.com

    XENIA  - 
GREEN  CO

               Xenia Community  Festival - 2013 Fri, Sat,  Sept 20-21
                    Was Xenia Old Fashioned Days
                   Tethered or balloon glow in 2012     www.xacc.com 
                   Xenia Community Festival
website      FB   Festival Facebook page

     YOUNGSTOWN  -  MAHONING CO    (Berlin Center)  2013 sun Aug 21
                    MASTROPIETRO WINERY   14558 Ellsworth Rd 
  See BERLIN CENTER  above         
          

VARIOUS LOCATIONS: 
              Both balloon clubs will sometimes have flyouts before their meetings- weather permitting.

                   Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association                    www.nobpa.com 
                     In 2007 NOBPA had flyouts from Wild Wood Lakes Campgroud in Medina Co.
                    Admission to Campground.   ww.wildwoodlakes.com/calendar.html     www.wildwoodlakes.com/rates.html

                      Central Ohio Balloon Club www.centralohioballoonclub.org
  Columbus
        - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    INDIANA :
             ANGOLA  -   ANGOLA BALLOONS ALOFT -  2013 July Fri-Sat 12-13 
                    4th annual   balloons,  classic car show.                (1st year 2010)
                    
http://www.angolaballoonsaloft.com

  KENTUCKY :
            MAYSVILLE       On Ohio River halfway between Ripley & Manchester OH
                  BUFFALO TRACE BALLOON RACE  -Balloon Glow in 2012

                         www.buffalotraceballoonrace.com
                        www.hotairballoon.com/The-Buffalo-Trace-Balloon-Race

            INDEPENDENCE   2013  Fri July 5 Glow
                  July 4th Festival  Fri & Sat.
                 
City of Independence site

 PENNSYLVANIA :  
                   MEADVILLE  (16335
)CRAWFORD CO  - 20 miles from border
                      THURSTON CLASSIC HOT AIR BALLOON EVENT
2013 Thur-Sun Jun 13- 16
                                        25TH YEAR        
http://www.thurstonclassic.com/

                  
NEW CASTLE  (16101)   - Lawrence Co      15 miles from border
 -                             WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA BALLOON QUEST  2013 Thur -Sun July 25-28
                                   3rd weekend in July   724-650-5252    New Castle Balloon Info
MICHIGAN : 
          
BATTLE CREEK
                   BATTLE  CREEK FIELD OF FLIGHT AIR SHOW & BALLOON FESTIVAL
                        2010  Thur -Sun  July  1-4
 
 

                   
HOLIDAY BALLOON FEST - Hosting World Championships
                                  Holiday Fest cancelled this year.
                                  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP  2012 Aug 17-25
                                      www.holidayballoonfest.com                 

CALIFORNIA :
             COALINGA              
                    WHAMOBASS BALLOON INVITATIONAL FLY
  
                       Whiskey Hill-Atherton-Menlo Oaks Ballooning and Sporting Society
               
OLDEST CONTINUOUS HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES
                       2008 - Fri - Sun   Nov 21-23  -
                       Started in 1965- is on the weekend of or near Nov 21-the date of first balloon
                       flight in France, Nov 21, 1783.
                            The first Whamobass was 1965 with one balloon - there were less than 15
                                hot air balloons in the world all in US.
                              http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/392413   http://www.pcaballoons.org
                  
               NOTE:  The modern hot air propane burner invented 1960.  The first U S National
                          Championships meet was in 1963, - was in Middletown OH in 1992, 93, 94
                           not held in 1967-68-69 and 2000.

 NEW JERSEY: 
           QUICK CHECK FESTIVAL OF BALLOONING -  2009  Jul 24-26 Readington NJ - 27th.
                     Largest summertime hot air and music festival in country - 125 balloons.

            New York - Wellsville  38th year 2013         1sst year 1975?

FORMER FESTIVALS:  OHO
             AURORA  -  Balloons during July 4th festival   1980 Fri Sat Sun July 4,5,6.-
                             1981 -July 4,5,6;
  1982 Sat Sun 7-03,7-04    Still researching
                                
        COLUMBUS  -  GROVE CITY       BIG BEAR FESTIVAL  A couple of years start 2000? 


           
VAN WERT  Started in 1980's - 1998 or 1999 Last year.
                                          New Festival start 2012

        WADSWORTH 

        TOLEDO      2-3 years late 1990's sponsored by Big Brothers,Big Sisters or Boys & Girls Club.

           MORRISTOWN  2002, 2003, 2004  
   
           HARTVILLE  ref to balloons in 2007

           CLARIDON - MARION Co. Fri-Sat  20 balloons. - (Bryan Times July 5- 1980)
    
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   BALLOON STORIES: 
      BOOKS:     Ohio Hot Air Balloon Geography Mystery by Carole Marsh
                                 Juvenal Non-fiction -- Ohio libraies have 3 copies-different years cpy rgt  
                                 School children are in balloon when a storm blows them all over Ohio.  The book tells what's below
                                 and you are to identify the location - city.                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                             

       BOOK & VIDEO.:  HOT AIR HENRY.  Juvenal Fiction --Story of a cat whose family was going for balloon ride.  Henry jumps in the
                                                             the basket, pulls the throttle cord & balloon takes off with him alone.

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BALLOON ORGANIZATIONS  & INFO
            Ravenna Balloon A-Fair       www.ravennaballoonafair.com
            Balloon Federation of America       wwwlbfa.org
    
            Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association      www.nobpa.com
            Central Ohio Balloon Club          
www.centralohioballoonclub.org

               Lighter Than Air Society  -  Akron OH  www.blimpinfo.com
 
            Hot Air Ballooning  -  Hot Air Ballooning and Related Links  
                   www.hotairballooning.com

               www.nationalballoonmuseum.com   Indianola, Iowa
            ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON MUSEUM - New Mexico  www.balloonmuseum.com

            Balloon Life Magazine    -  Older Issues info   www.balloonlife.com
 
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 HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES :
                       PLEASE  NOTE- Scheduled rides are dependent on weather conditions at flight time!
                                        The burner gets hot, you will probably want to wear a hat.

                  We believe these pilots give balloon rides or can refer those who do. 

            Ken Myers  -  Akron -0 OH   330.923.4600  myersdolphin@aol.com
         America's Unknown Destinations  - Chet Davis  www.balloonfun.net  Kent Oh
         Aerial Balloon Company - Akron 330.867.1842  star6glazr@aol.com
                    Dick Rossen    -  Aeronault 
          Heaven Bound Accensions  -  Balloon rides,  inflatable amusements
                   Dennis Welser   Tallmadge OH    www.fun-makers.com 


         Geauga County Balloon    Dan Greathouse   www.flykilroy.com
         Ken Kus   Chagrin Falls  OH  44022   440.336.1875
         Bill Cloninger  -   Amish Country Tours - Chagrin Falls  www.ltaaviation.com

         John T Moran  -  Cortland OH  330.924.2677
                    farms99@earthlink.net  (put BALLOONS in subject)


         Dan Saul  -  Cuyahoga - Lorain - Medina Counties  440.331.6847
         Pete Hawkins - Pleasure Ballooning - Sebring 44672 330.938.2037
         Kyle Farber  -  Minerva, OH  44657   330.868.7515

         Rick Kohut  -  Louisville OH 44641   330.875.7010
         Dana Emerick  -  Canton, OH   330.453.8054
         Penny & Paul Suttle  -  Strasburg, OH  44680  www.theballoonpeople.com

         Rick Cusik  -  Lima OH     419.991.6979

         Fly Ohio Ballooning, INC.  - Marysville  www.flyohioballooning.com
         Gibboney's Aerostation  -  Grove City, Ohio

         Real Adventure Hot Air Balloon - Columbus
                realadventureinc.com      www.rballoon.com

         Balloonmaster, Inc.  -  Reynoldsburg  www.balloonmastersinc.biz

         Flying Colours Hot Air BAlloons  - Columbus  614.202.7512
                www.flyingcoloursballoons.com     Dave, Carole Strickland

         Mid-Ohio Balloon Adventures, LLC  Gary Tyo  - Mt Gilead  419.560.7535
                   www.midohioballoon.com

         Balloon Adventures - Cincinnati   513.984.2404  hotairballoonohio.com

         Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Company  Dayton, Cincinnati, SW Ohio
                  www.flybellaballoons.com

         Gentle Breeze  -  Lebanon  Cincinnati  Dayton    513.932.9007 
                 www.gentlebreeze.com   http://www.HotAirBalloonRides.com
        
Balloon Impressions -Charlie Mays- Williamsburg OH  
                     www.flyballoonimpressions.com
           Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Adventures-- Spring Valley OH 45370  --   937.848.9921 
               
   jubileehotairballoon.webs.com
            Jim Birk - Air Ventures Inc - Defiance  614-579-2970
           Eagle Spirit Ballooning   - Bellevue  -  Fremont area    Jeremy Colvin

  PENNSYLVANIA
                Roger Miller -  Meadville PA  814.333.1908

    Modified - 2010- 1-01,1-24,1-30,3-07,3-25,4-10,5-17,6-20,9-06,12-05,
                     2012 - 4-17,4-22,
                     2013  1-13,3-05,
     


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