Beauty fills skies at Flag City Balloonfest


By Merri Hanjora - [email protected]



Flag City Balloonfest will be today through Sunday in Findlay.


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IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Flag City Balloonfest

WHEN: 12 p.m. today, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Emory Adams Park, 1827 South Blanchard St., Findlay

ADMISSION: Free for Balloonfest, but some events at Balloonfest require ticket purchase

Today

Noon: Radio Controlled Airplane display

4 p.m.: Food Vendors open

4 p.m.: Knocker Ball

5 p.m.: Kids Fair open and pony rides

5 p.m.: Beer Garden Opens

5:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies - Miss Ohio Singing National Anthem

5:30 p.m.: Police & Sheriff K9 Demonstrations

6 p.m.: Paid Balloon ride passenger check in at Emory Adams Park - Pregeistration and advance payment required.

6:30 p.m.: Tethered Balloon Rides — $20, no reservation required

6:30 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Flight – mass launch

7:30 p.m.: The Reese Dailey Band

6 p.m.: Miss Ohio Signs Autographs

9 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Illumination

10 p.m.: Fireworks sponsored by Meijers

Saturday

6:30 a.m.: Paid Balloon ride passenger check in at Emory Adams Park - Preregistration and advance payment required.

7 a.m.: Hot Air Balloon Flight – Fly into

8 a.m.: 5K Up, Up, and Away Run

8 p.m.: Remote controlled Airplane Show

10 a.m.: Police & Sheriff K9 Demonstrations

10 a.m.: Jungle Island Petting Zoo

10 a.m.: Kids Fair Opens and pony rides

11 a.m.: Vintage Baseball Game. 1880s era game played by the Wyandot Ghost Riders vs the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers. Vaun Wickerham will provide the play by play action.

11 a.m.: Car and Motorcycle show

11 a.m.: Knocker Ball

Noon: Beer Garden opens

1 p.m.: Boy Scout Water bottle rockets demonstrations

2 p.m.: Police & Sheriff K9 Demonstrations

3 p.m. Joshua Melton and band

4 p.m.: Balloon Pilot autograph session

5 p.m.: Jana Kramer concert

5:30 p.m.: Scholarship Presentation

6 p.m.: Paid Balloon ride passenger check in at Emory Adams Park - Pregeistration and advance payment required.

6:30 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Flight. Fly in

6:30 p.m.: Tethered Balloon Rides — $20, no reservation required

7 p.m.: Eddie Molina Live in Beer Garden

9 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Illumination

Sunday

7 a.m.: Hot Air Balloon Flight – Fly into

7:30 a.m.: Free pancake breakfast

7:30 a.m. Sunrise service

FINDLAY — Hot air balloons will be filling the skies of Findlay this weekend at the Flag City Balloonfest held in Emory Adams Park.

“This is our 17th year,” said Bruce Baker, vice president of the Flag City Balloonfest. “We have also raised $35,000 for local charities.”

While the general public enjoys watching the hot air balloons in the sky and on the ground, for balloonists, this is a competition to earn points for the U.S. Nationals and World Nationals.

“We have 47 balloons. This is one of the biggest balloonfests in the Midwest, as we are a sanctioned event,” said Baker. “We get a lot of spectators and neat balloonists. We have the top balloonists in the U.S. There is a lot of competing for points and then they will go on to the U.S. Nationals and World Nationals.”

Balloonist earn points by showing their skill at maneuvering their balloon to drop a beanie bag on an X; or ring a 20 foot pole with a hula hoop (the balloonist that does that receives $1,000) or by getting to as many locations in the air as they can.

“At different altitudes winds can go different directions. It takes a lot of skill to what they are doing,” said Baker. “There is good reason to see these balloons on the ground as they are eight stories tall, just massive. In the evening, there are illuminations, the balloons will light burners and glow. They look like Chinese lanterns, it is really beautiful.”

It isn’t just about balloons though as there are a lot of other activities taking place at the Balloonfest.

“We have a lot of things going on. Kids rides, fair food, nine or ten canine police officers with dogs for demonstrations, radio controlled planes, fireworks and The Reese Daily Band on Friday night. Also new this year is a car/motorcycle show on Saturday morning, and following that we are going to have live music with country musician Jana Kramer,” said Baker.

Tickets for the Jana Kramer concert are $20 and can be purchased at Great Scot Community Markets until sold out. Kids ride tickets are $2 per ticket or a ride band for $20. Pony rides are $4 each.

On Sunday, there is a sunrise service that begins at 7:30 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast to the first 400 in attendance.

Flag City Balloonfest will be today through Sunday in Findlay.
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By Merri Hanjora

[email protected]

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Flag City Balloonfest

WHEN: 12 p.m. today, 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Emory Adams Park, 1827 South Blanchard St., Findlay

ADMISSION: Free for Balloonfest, but some events at Balloonfest require ticket purchase

Today

Noon: Radio Controlled Airplane display

4 p.m.: Food Vendors open

4 p.m.: Knocker Ball

5 p.m.: Kids Fair open and pony rides

5 p.m.: Beer Garden Opens

5:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies - Miss Ohio Singing National Anthem

5:30 p.m.: Police & Sheriff K9 Demonstrations

6 p.m.: Paid Balloon ride passenger check in at Emory Adams Park - Pregeistration and advance payment required.

6:30 p.m.: Tethered Balloon Rides — $20, no reservation required

6:30 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Flight – mass launch

7:30 p.m.: The Reese Dailey Band

6 p.m.: Miss Ohio Signs Autographs

9 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Illumination

10 p.m.: Fireworks sponsored by Meijers

Saturday

6:30 a.m.: Paid Balloon ride passenger check in at Emory Adams Park - Preregistration and advance payment required.

7 a.m.: Hot Air Balloon Flight – Fly into

8 a.m.: 5K Up, Up, and Away Run

8 p.m.: Remote controlled Airplane Show

10 a.m.: Police & Sheriff K9 Demonstrations

10 a.m.: Jungle Island Petting Zoo

10 a.m.: Kids Fair Opens and pony rides

11 a.m.: Vintage Baseball Game. 1880s era game played by the Wyandot Ghost Riders vs the Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers. Vaun Wickerham will provide the play by play action.

11 a.m.: Car and Motorcycle show

11 a.m.: Knocker Ball

Noon: Beer Garden opens

1 p.m.: Boy Scout Water bottle rockets demonstrations

2 p.m.: Police & Sheriff K9 Demonstrations

3 p.m. Joshua Melton and band

4 p.m.: Balloon Pilot autograph session

5 p.m.: Jana Kramer concert

5:30 p.m.: Scholarship Presentation

6 p.m.: Paid Balloon ride passenger check in at Emory Adams Park - Pregeistration and advance payment required.

6:30 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Flight. Fly in

6:30 p.m.: Tethered Balloon Rides — $20, no reservation required

7 p.m.: Eddie Molina Live in Beer Garden

9 p.m.: Hot Air Balloon Illumination

Sunday

7 a.m.: Hot Air Balloon Flight – Fly into

7:30 a.m.: Free pancake breakfast

7:30 a.m. Sunrise service

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

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