hot air balloon festivals
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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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OHIO HOT AIR BALLOON EVENTS
Continuing ( from 2009)
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
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
Newspaper www.recordpub.com Akron Beacon www.ohio.com
Weekend of the 3rd Saturday of September every year.
2013 Ohio Cities & Start Dates
ALLIANCE - STARK CO.
|RAVENNA 2013 9/21-22
|New Castle PA 2013 7/25-28
|Ashland 2013 6/27-30
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 )
BERLIN CENTER : MAHONING CO. CANAL FULTON -/- NORTH LAWRENCE -- STARK 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
HOT AIR BALLOON SHOW -
2012 - Sat- Balloons Sat-evening-Aug 18
Clay's Park www.clayspark.com
YANKEE PEDDLER FESTIVAL Clay's Park CHAGRIN FALL - CUYAHOGA CO. -Memorial Day Weekend
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.)
HILLIARD OH - FRANKLIN CO INDIAN LAKE - LOGAN CO
Franklin County Fair 2013 NO balloons on 2013 schedule
Franklin Co fair site
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
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 MIDDLETOWN OH - BUTLER CO & WARREN COs
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
Ohio Challenge -2013 Fri Jul 12 -Sun Jul 14
New this year - hot air balloon rides.
10th annual. First Year: 2003
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)
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
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
WAPAKONETA - AUGLAIZE CO 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
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.
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
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
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ANGOLA - ANGOLA BALLOONS ALOFT - 2013 July Fri-Sat 12-13
4th annual balloons, classic car show. (1st year 2010)
MAYSVILLE On Ohio River halfway between Ripley & Manchester OH
BUFFALO TRACE BALLOON RACE -Balloon Glow in 2012
INDEPENDENCE 2013 Fri July 5 Glow
July 4th Festival Fri & Sat.
City of Independence site
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 InfoMICHIGAN :
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
America's Unknown Destinations - Chet Davis www.balloonfun.net Kent Oh
Aerial Balloon Company - Akron 330.867.1842 email@example.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
firstname.lastname@example.org (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
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
Balloon Adventures - Cincinnati 513.984.2404 hotairballoonohio.com
Bella Balloons Hot Air Balloon Company Dayton, Cincinnati, SW Ohio
Gentle Breeze - Lebanon Cincinnati Dayton 513.932.9007
Balloon Impressions -Charlie Mays- Williamsburg OH
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
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