A tethered balloon will inflate on the field and several thousand numbered ping
pong balls will be dropped on a target. The ball closest to the center of the target
Giant Special Shape balloons start inflating on the balloon field at 7:15 p.m. both
Friday and Saturday night, August 9th and 10th, 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, sponsored by Simmons National Bank, will happen
at 7am on Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th, weather permitting.
Sixty balloon pilots from all over the US will launch and fly into the field from
2-3 miles away.
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
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 2:30-5:45, Saturday, August 10.
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.