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WEATHER – All ballooning activities are weather dependent. Ballooning is a fair weather sport. Balloons will not fly in the rain. Winds must also be light in order for balloons to fly safely. Ideal conditions are for wind speeds to be 3-5 MPH. As wind speeds increase beyond 8-10 it is unlikely balloons will be able to fly. Flight updates are provided on our FACEBOOK site and on TWITTER for each flight and is shared shortly after the weather and decisions are shared with the pilots. Please be considerate on our Facebook page!
We understand the weather can be frustrating but safety always comes first in our decision making. We are all volunteers , we are as disappointed as you are when they don’t fly.
BALLOON RIDES - We will offer tethered balloon rides all day (weather permitting). The price is $20 per person. The Festival does not book full flight balloon rides. If rides are available we will post information on the pilots and their independent contact information. You can expect to pay as much as $350 per person for a balloon ride however each pilot sets his own price.
SPONSORSHIPS- Our sponsorships come with full balloon flights so sponsor now to secure a balloon flight!
BALLOON FLIGHTS- Balloon flights occur just after sunrise (about 7:30am) or close to sunset (about 7:00pm), refer to our schedule of events for times. Balloons do not fly during the day. You should plan on being present at flight times if you wish to see the balloons fly.
CAMPING – Unfortunately camping is not allowed at the festival. There are hotels and private and state operated camping sites nearby that could accommodate you.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES – SELF CONTAINED RV’s are allowed at the festival. Parking is $25
PARKING AND ADMISSION – admission to the event is $10 per car & $10 per person, 2 years and under FREE. General parking is plentiful. Handicapped parking is available. This event draws thousands of people so traffic backups can be extensive. Please plan accordingly, especially during peak times of 5am-9am and 3pm – 8pm. EARLY BIRDS can arrive as early as 1pm!
RV PARKING - RV’s are welcome and we encourage them. All RV’s must be self contained. CAMPING IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE GROUNDS.
CHARTER BUS- We welcome and encourage Charter and tour bus companies to attend the event. We offer a designated parking area, relatively close to the center of activities. You are welcome to attend for one launch or attend the entire weekend. Contact us for more information.
CRAFT FAIR – We will offer over 100 craft & retail vendors! Lots to do and see for ALL AGES!
FOOD VENDORS - We will have all types of Festival Food on hand in our Food Truck Pavilion!
PETS NOT ALLOWED – We love pets too but they can be spooked by the loud pitch of the balloon burners. In addition, with large crowds they can be a safety hazard. Please be kind an courteous to the festival and others by following this request.
DRONES NOT ALLOWED - Due to safety concerns, any kind of drones are not permitted .
SMOKING NOT ALLOWED – Balloons use propane gas to make their flame. As this gas is flammable, smoking could endanger the balloonist and all spectators as well. So we politely ask that you refrain from smoking on the launch field while the balloonists are preparing to fly.
HOW TO DRESS – dress in layers and boots. September is the start of fall and cooler temperatures. Bring a flashlight as well if you plan on coming for the moonglow.
General Information & Helpful tips
*Please leave your dogs and other pets at home.
*DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED!
*Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs
*Please be courteous to pilots and others by not smoking.
*Arrive early and please pack your patience, as this is a popular event, we draw very large crowds and traffic can be heavy.
*Bring a flashlight for early mornings and for the Moonglow on Friday & Saturday evening.
*Plan to attend multiple launches as weather is often a factor.