Giant Special Shape balloons start inflating on the balloon field at 7:30 p.m. both
Friday and Saturday night, August 8th and 9th, weather permitting.
After their 30 minutes of fame, ALL the hot air balloons begin inflating. All the
balloons fire up their propane and start glowing in the night sky. Fantastic photo
op for everyone!!
The Hot Air Balloon Competitions will happen Saturday at 7am, August 9th and Sunday,
5:45am, August 10th, weather permitting. More than 50
balloons from all over the US will launch and fly into the field from 2-3 miles
The tethered balloon rides this year will only be $10 a person from 7:00 AM to 10:00
AM, and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, weather permitting. Due to the upredictability of the winds, tethered balloon ride tickets
will be available for purchase 15 minutes prior to launch at the Tethered Balloon
For a memorable experience, add a thrilling Hot Air Balloon Ride to your “Bucket
List”, weather permitting. This 50 minute ride with an
experienced pilot will take you up, up and away floating in the clouds and enjoying
the magic. To ensure availability, contact
Jason Jones of Old World
Balloonery to let him know that you wish to purchase a ticket(s) for the
untethered balloon ride at the U.S. Bank Great Midwest
Our giant kites are as big as school buses - yes you read right - school buses.
We will have kites that are 90 feet long and 40 wide depending on the wind conditions.
The kites will be air-bound from 10:00-12:00pm, Sunday, August 10.
Kidz Zone will feature Bouncy Houses, Arts and Crafts Tent, Performing Arts Tent
with non-stop entertainment and the Kansas City Instrument Petting Zoo. All activities
in the Kidz Zone are FREE and included in the price of the admission ticket.
One of the biggest draws at a balloon festival is the fun of Special Shape Balloons.
Whether they are animals, haunted houses, or an eleven story Jack in the Box, they
are magical fun for kids of all ages.