Schedule of Events

August 14-16, 2020

2020 schedule of events to be announced!

Friday, Aug. 9

*Weather permitting. Visit the Balloon Information below for details about when balloons can and cannot inflate or take flight!

6:30 a.m. Hot Air Balloon Rides (See “Balloon Rides” below for more information)*

7 a.m. Balloon Media Flight (fly out of Emory Adams Park)*

3 p.m. – Midnight Entertainment District & Beer tent presented by The Miracle League of Findlay 

4 – 7 p.m. Paint tiny art with The Tiny Art League | $5 per person – no registration required!

4 – 11 p.m. Food Vendors Open

4 – 9 p.m.

  • Nonprofit Showcase Event Tent Open
  • Knocker Ball!

4 – 8 p.m. Kids Fair (inflatables, carnival games and more) presented by CASA GAL of Hancock County sponsored by Copeland, Allen & Kramp. Ticket sales for kids fair activities close at 7:30 p.m.

4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Let Your Dreams Take Flight – Arts, Crafts and Amish-made Goods (click here to register as a vendor)

5 – 9 p.m.

  • Jungle Island Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
  • Get your photo taken with different characters throughout the festival!
  • Helicopter Rides | $35 – no reservation required!

5 – 10 p.m. Veterans’ Tent Open

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Hancock County Sheriff and Police K9 Demonstration

5:45  p.m. Hot Air Balloon Rides (See “Balloon Rides” below for more information)*

6 – 8 p.m. Miss Ohio signs autographs at Nonprofit Showcase Event Tent

6 – 9 p.m. Tethered Balloon Rides sponsored by Reineke Honda| $20 – no reservation required!*

6 p.m. Opening Ceremony

  • National Anthem performed by the Hancock County Children’s Choir

6:15 p.m. Hancock County Children’s Choir at Main Stage

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight (mass launch from Emory Adams Park)*

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sol Jam Performs at Main Stage

9 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Illumination (Looking for prime seating for the balloon glow? Click here to learn about the new Glow Encounter experience sponsored by Dan Maciejewski State Farm!)

9:30 p.m. Fireworks sponsored by Meijer (Will move to Saturday if necessary due to weather)

10 p.m. – Midnight SubAtomic Genius Performs at Main Stage

Saturday, Aug. 10

*Weather permitting. Visit the Balloon Information below for details about when balloons can and cannot inflate or take flight!

6 a.m. Sunrise Yoga led by local instructor Katy Mercer of The Lavender Hour

6:30 a.m. Hot Air Balloon Rides (See “Balloon Rides” below for more information)*

7 a.m. Balloon Flight (fly into Emory Adams Park)*

8 a.m. Up, Up, and Away 5K (click here to register)

9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Helicopter Rides | $35 – no reservation required!

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Flag City Stars Talent Search (at Main Stage)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 5th Annual Vintage Base Ball Round Robin Tournament sponsored by Subway

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Kids Fair (inflatables, carnival games and more) presented by CASA GAL of Hancock County sponsored by Copeland, Allen & Kramp. Ticket sales for kids fair activities close at 7:30 p.m.

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

  • Jungle Island Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
  • Get your photo taken with different characters throughout the festival!
  • Knocker Ball!

10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Let Your Dreams Take Flight – Arts, Crafts and Amish-made Goods (click here to register as a vendor)

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Car & Motorcycle Show with Miss Ohio (click here for registration information)

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Nonprofit Showcase Tent Open

11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Food Vendors Open

12:30 – 2 p.m. Anything Jones Performs at Main Stage

1 p.m. Cornhole Tournament | $20 per team of two. (Tournament starts right at 1 p.m.) – Contact us through out contact form to pre-register!

1 – 3 p.m. Hancock County Sheriff and Police K9 Demonstration

2 – 7 p.m. Paint tiny art with The Tiny Art League | $5 per person – no registration required!

2:30 – 4 p.m. Electric Indian Performs at Main Stage

3 p.m. – Midnight Beer tent presented by The Miracle League of Findlay open at Main Stage

3 – 5 p.m. Miss Ohio signs autographs at Nonprofit Showcase Event Tent

4 – 5 p.m. Balloon Pilot Autograph Session

5 – 9 p.m. Get your photo taken with a variety of characters throughout the festival!

5:45  p.m. Hot Air Balloon Rides (See “Balloon Rides” below for more information)*

6 – 9 p.m. Tethered Balloon Rides sponsored by Reineke Honda | $20 – no reservation required!*

6 p.m. Welcome Ceremony & Scholarship Presentation

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight (fly into Emory Adams Park)*

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Null Set Performs at Main Stage

9 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Illumination (Looking for prime seating for the balloon glow? Click here to learn about the new Glow Encounter experience sponsored by Dan Maciejewski State Farm!)*

10 p.m. – Midnight Electrik Circus Performs at Main Stage

Sunday, Aug. 11

*Weather permitting. Visit the Balloon Information below for details about when balloons can and cannot inflate or take flight!

7 a.m. Balloon Flight (fly into Emory Adams Park)*

Glow Encounter

Get the best seats in the house for the famous balloon glow at this year’s Flag City BalloonFest with tickets to the new Glow Encounter sponsored by Dan Maciejewski State Farm!

Purchase Tickets

Enjoy this up close experience like no one else. One Glow Encounter ticket is $50 and includes:

  • On-site parking pass valid for one vehicle for the entire day (Aug. 9 or Aug. 10, whichever day you choose when purchasing the ticket)
  • Four passes into the Glow Encounter Area (opens one hour prior to the balloon glow around dusk)
  • Four official BalloonFest souvenirs upon entrance to the Glow Encounter Area
  • Four beverages (soda or water) upon entrance to the Glow Encounter Area

Additional information:

  • Balloon glow is weather permitting.
  • No refunds.
  • Ticket purchase will become a tax-deductable donation upon request should the weather require the glow to be canceled.

FAQs:
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? With your Glow Encounter Pass you will receive reserved parking for the day of the ticket purchased.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email : Volunteerballoonfest@gmail.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, you may transfer unused tickets online only prior to event start if not sold out.

Can I update my registration information? Yes

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? It is recommended to bring a printed ticket, but mobile tickets are accepted, as you will need it for parking and to check in.

What is the refund policy? No refunds. Should weather ground balloons, your ticket purchase will become a tax-deductable donation upon request to Flag City BalloonFest

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay? As long as you transferred online prior to redeeming ticket, this is acceptable.

Balloon Rides

*Please note: all info below pertains to the 2019 Flag City BalloonFest. Balloon ride information may change as we plan for the 2020 festival!

Flying in a hot air balloon is definitely a bucket list item for many. It’s also a wonderful gift for loved ones!

Full Balloon Rides

The best time to fly in a hot air balloon is in the morning just after sunrise and in the evening 2-3 hours before sunset. Flights will be available:

  • Friday, Aug. 9 evening (Meet at 5:45 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Aug. 10 morning (Meet at 5:45 a.m.)
  • Saturday, Aug. 10 evening (Meet at 5:45 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Aug. 11 morning (Meet at 5:45 a.m.)

Price: $250 per person

Booking Procedure:

Passengers can book a ride during one of the four flight opportunities. In order to book a ride, passengers must fill out the online form (link below) and then SkyCab will follow up to confirm the booking.

Once passengers have submitted information they will be contacted within a few days by SkyCab and receive a confirmation email that contains all of the pertinent information for their balloon ride. The confirmation email will also contain the attached list of FAQs as well as the cancellation policy.

Additional Information:

Walkups: Depending upon availability, passengers MAY be able to book a non-tethered balloon ride on site during the event. There will be a sales table set up next to a 25 ft. cold-air adorned with a banner announcing that balloon rides are available. If any one time slot is sold out we will consider adding additional capacity.​

Payments: A $50 nonrefundable deposit will be collected for each passenger in order to confirm the reservation.  The remaining $200 per passenger will be collected on-site during passenger check-in.

​Cancellations: Hot air ballooning is a fair weather sport. If a cancellation due to forecasted weather is imminent, passengers will be notified via text and/or phone call as early as possible. If a flight window is cancelled, the event will attempt to roll passengers to other flight windows depending upon the forecast and availability.

FAQs:

How long is the ride? We will be in the air approximately one hour, and the entire excursion will take approximately 2 – ½ to 3 hours from start to finish.

What do I wear? Dress comfortably as you will be outdoors for most of the excursion.  You ,must wear closed toe shoes such as boots or athletic shoes – no sandals or high-heel shoes are permitted.  If you are taking a flight in the morning we recommend you bring another pair of shoes to change into after the flight due to the dew on the ground – your feet will be wet after the flight.

Is it cold in the balloon? Under normal conditions the temperature will drop approximately 3 degrees every one-thousand feet in elevation.  We normally fly between 500’ and 1,500’ above the ground so the temperature will not vary greatly.  If you are cold natured please feel free to throw a jacket in with you and we can stow it away in the basket until you need it.

Can I bring a camera? You are more than welcome to bring a camera or a video unit but please keep in mind SkyCab Balloon Promotions is not responsible for damage which may result to the unit during takeoff or landing.  Each passenger must be able to have their hands free to hold on during the lift off and landing and the camera cannot interfere with this.

Are there limitations? Absolutely – YES.  If you are pregnant, just had surgery, have knee or back problems, or can’t stand up unassisted for at least one hour we are sorry, but no flights are allowed with these conditions.  No Exceptions – please do not ask.  If you have any of these conditions we are happy to give you a refund or transfer the certificate to someone else.

If you are older than 70 years of age please let us know ahead of time so we can talk about the flight and the physical requirements to ensure you are able to complete them.  We require you to climb in and out of the basket, and at times the landings can be bumpy so we want to make sure you are aware of the conditions and you feel as though you will be able to participate in the flight.

Tips: Make sure your phone is fully charged! There are plenty of photo opportunities. Also, you can exchange pictures with other passengers and the crew after the flight to make sure you have every angle covered! If you have a GoPro that you would like us to mount please let us know, we can do that for you.

 

Tethered Balloon Rides sponsored by Reineke Honda

This is a great option as an introduction to a full hot air balloon ride by staying tethered to the ground!

Hours of operation:

6 – 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9

6 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10

Price: $20 per person (no pre-registration required)

Festival Info

Dates: August 14 – 16, 2020

Location: Emory Adams Park | 1827 S. Blanchard St., Findlay, OH 45840

Free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors! No parking fees either! 

(Please note: some attractions and events at the BalloonFest have fees. All main attractions are free to attend!)

Click here for the 2019 Event Map

 

Info to keep in mind if you’re attending the Flag City BalloonFest:

  • Hot air balloon flights at the Flag City BalloonFest are weather permitting. In order to fly the ground must be dry, winds at ground level must be below 10 MPH and the weather conditions must be stable. Flights are often delayed to give the weather conditions time to improve and cancellations may occur when conditions are not appropriate for a safe flight.
  • Pets are not permitted at the Flag City BalloonFest. Individuals with a pet on site at the BalloonFest will be asked to leave. Certified service animcals are permitted only.
  • The Flag City BalloonFest is a DRONE FREE zone. Drones are not permitted on the event site.
  • By entering the premises of Flag City BalloonFest (FCBF), you understand that you may be photographed, filmed, or videotaped and you hereby give FCBF the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to use your likeness, image, photo (collectively, “image”), without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished pictures/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation. You hereby waive, release and forever discharge FCBF from and against any and all claims or actions arising out of or resulting from any use of your image. FCBF shall not be obligated to use, and may elect not to use, your image.

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