Annual Waterford Balloonfest

This year (2018) marks the 8th annual Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival, one of about 100 hot air balloon festivals around the country that balloon enthusiast come to visit each year. The event, which takes place on the school grounds of Evergreen Elementary in Waterford, WI, features hot air balloon activities (including competitions, launches and night glows), food, craft & business vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment stages for kids & adults, helicopter rides, tethered balloon rides, an outdoor movie, kids activities & more. This event will also feature the 2018 National Women’s Balloon Competition!

Featuring hot air balloon ascensions at dawn and early evening, as well as “glows” at dusk (all weather permitting), this is an event not to miss! Family friendly, we feature live music, food, beverages, outdoor movie, crafters, Rotocross drones, helicopter rides, kids area and more! Admission is free; parking and select activities do have a fee.

2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, JULY 19

6:00 – 7:30 AM
Hot Air Balloon Competitive Flight

STARTING AT 4:00 PM
Kids Entertainment Stage Kids Fun Zone
Arts & Crafts Market
Barnes Road Beer Garden
Beer Garden Entertainment Stage
Food Vendors
Helicopter Rides (demand based)
Tethered Balloon Rides (demand based)

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Hot Air Balloon Competitive Flight

8:30 PM
Laser Light Show (Balloon Field) (subject to sponsorship]

10:00 PM
End of Scheduled Events
(Beer Garden Closes at midnight)

FRIDAY, JULY 20

6:00 – 7:30 AM
Hot Air Balloon Competitive Flight

STARTING AT 4:00 PM
Kids Entertainment Stage
Kids Fun Zone
Arts & Crafts Market
Barnes Road Beer Garden
Beer Garden Entertainment Stage
Food Vendors
Helicopter Rides (demand based)
Tethered Balloon Rides (demand based)

6:15 PM
Opening Ceremonies with Skydiver Demo
Hot Air Balloon Competitive/Fun Flight

7:30 – 11:30 PM
Live Bands at the Barnes Road Beer Garden

8:30 PM
Hot Air Balloon Night Glow (Balloon Field)

10:00 PM
End of Scheduled Events
(Beer Garden Closes at midnight)

SATURDAY, JULY 21

6:00 – 7:30 AM
Hot Air Balloon Competitive Flight
Pancake Breakfast (through 11:00 am)
Tethered Balloon Rides (demand based)

STARTING AT 11:00 AM
Kids Entertainment Stage
Kids Fun Zone
Arts & Crafts Market / Business Vendor Village
Barnes Road Beer Garden
Beer Garden Entertainment Stage
Food Vendors
Helicopter Rides

1:00 – 3:00 PM
Hot Air Balloon Pilot Meet & Greet

6:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies with Skydiver Demo
Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascension Launch

7:30 – 11:30 PM
Live Bands at the Barnes Road Beer Garden

8:30 PM
Hot Air Balloon Night Glow (Balloon Field)
Outdoor Family Movie

10:00 PM
End of Scheduled Events
(Beer Garden Closes at midnight)

SUNDAY, JULY 22

6:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Hot Air Balloon Launch Window
Tethered Balloon Rides

NOTE:
Times for hot air balloon launches & glows are approximate; all events are weather-permitting.

On the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School:
817 W. Main Street
Waterford, WI 53185

ABSOLUTELY NO:
Smoking, bikes, skateboards, animals or drones on festival grounds. Alcohol is ONLY ALLOWED within the beer garden and may not be brought in or out of that enclosed space (ages 21 and over).

Parking
School and designated parking lot fees are $5 – $10 per vehicle.
Fox River Middle School is reserved for handicapped licensed vehicles and motorcycle parking which are both $5/vehicle.
Street parking is limited but available within walking distance to the festival grounds.

General Information
This year marks the 8th annual Waterford Balloonfest, one of about 100 hot air balloon festivals around the country that balloon enthusiast come to visit each year. The event, which takes place on the school grounds of Evergreen Elementary in Waterford, WI, features hot air balloon activities (including competitions, launches and night glows), food, craft & business vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment stages for kids & adults, helicopter rides, tethered balloon rides, an outdoor movie, kids activities & more. Admission is free!

The festival will bring back the classic evening balloon glows for Friday and Saturday evenings.  These evening balloon glows are a visitor favorite!  Weather permitting, the balloonists will highlight their amazing flying skills at a flight competition Saturday morning.

Balloon Information

Those interested in scheduling a hot air balloon ride should contact balloonist coordinator Ken Walter with WindDancer Balloon Promotions, aballoonride@gmail.com prior to the event.

Facebook promo video

* All balloon events are weather dependent. * Ballooning is a fair weather sport. Assuming visibility is good, the key consideration is the wind speed. Generally, a launch is not feasible when the wind exceeds 8 miles per hour. The preferred flying times are just after sunrise and just before sunset, when the winds are lighter and more stable. The pilots make a determination concerning the weather.