Great Midwest Balloon Fest

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Festival Schedule

  • 5k Race with the Balloons

  • When: Sunday, October 25, at 7:30 a.m.
  • Where: Race site will be WYCO Park at 126th street off State Avenue in Bonner Springs (1 mile west of Village West).
  • Carnival

  • Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24 during festival hours and 12:00pm-6:00pm, Sunday, October 25.
  • In addition to the scheduled events found below, Tether rides will also be available Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Friday, October 23

Parking lots will be open before Festival Gates Open - 2 p.m, October 23, and noon, October 24.

4:00pm - Festival GATES OPEN
4:00pm - 5:30pm Giant Kites Flying - Balloon Field
4:00pm - 6:30pm Hay Rides and Train Rides
4:00pm - 10:00pm Beer Garden Stage - includes live bands and street performers
4:00pm - 10:00pm KIDZ ZONE Open (includes Performing Arts tent, Arts & Crafts tent, Activity Tent, Bouncy Houses)
4:30pm - 5:30pm Halloween Costume Contest Semi-Finals - Kidz Zone Area
4:30pm - 8:30pm Tethered Balloon Rides
5:00pm - Pie Eating Contest - Tether Balloon area
5:45pm - Halloween Costume Contest Finals
6:15pm - Special Shape Balloons Inflate
6:45pm - Standard Balloons Inflate
6:45pm - 8:15pm Balloon Glow / Kids Trick or Treat Pilots
10:00pm - Festival Closes

Saturday, October 24

Parking lots will be open before Festival Gates Open - 2 p.m, October 23, and noon, October 24.

2:00pm - Festival GATES OPEN
2:00pm - 4:45pm Giant Kite Exhibition
2:00pm - 6:30pm Hay Rides and Train Rides
2:00pm - 10:00pm Kidz Zone Open - includes Performing Arts Tent, Arts & Crafts Tent, Activity Tent, Bouncy Houses
2:00pm - 10:00pm Beer Garden Stage - includes live bands and street performers
3:30pm - 4:30pm Halloween Costume Contest Semi-Finals - Kidz Zone Area
4:30pm - 8:30pm Tethered Balloon Rides
5:00pm - Pie Eating Contest - Tether Balloon Area
5:00pm - Halloween Costume Contest Finals
6:15pm - Special Shapes Balloons - inflate and glow
6:45pm - Standard Balloons Inflate
6:45pm - 8:15pm Balloon Glow / Kids Trick or Treat Pilots
10:00pm - Festival Closes


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