Nearly 40 balloons from around the country will land in Findlay’s Emory Adams Park for the 19th annual Flag City BalloonFest from Aug. 10 to 12, featuring flights, rides, food vendors, activities and live music. Admission is free.
The balloons will fly into the park at 7 a.m. each day, weather permitting. They also take off at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11.
Spectators can watch as balloons engage in competitions, including a beanbag drop from the flying balloons. A ring-grab contest includes a Hula-Hoop ring on a 20-foot pole, which the pilots must grab as they fly by. Accuracy and skill is required for the pilot to reach the ring.
The festival’s opening ceremony will happen at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, with the Midnight Entertainment District and its 21-and-over beer tent opening at 5. The district and tent will open 8 a.m. Aug. 11 and at noon Aug. 12, with food vendors opening 4 p.m. Aug. 10, 11 a.m. Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. Aug. 12.
The hot air balloon illumination will happen 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11. This involves heating the air inside the balloon with propane-fueled fire, which causes the balloon to glow brightly at night.
Fireworks will follow Aug. 10’s illumination at 9:30 p.m., with an Aug. 11 rain date set.
Aug. 12 begins with a free pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m., with a sunrise praise service from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m.
Balloon rides will be available at 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11, weather permitting, with refunds and rescheduled rides available, including the morning of Aug. 12. Rides cost $250 a person with preregistration required, available at flagcityballoonfest.com/balloon-rides/ or by calling 513-932-9007.
Tethered balloon rides will also be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 for $20 a person paid at the gate.
The weekend’s musical performances
include Findlay native and Nashville songwriter Josh Melton playing from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10, with Nashville Crush playing from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Aug. 11’s Battle of the Bands runs from noon to 10 p.m. and features Miss Ohio winner Matti-Lynn Chrisman, Shifferly Road Band, Moths in the Attic, Random Draw Band and The Athen Ry competing for votes from the attendees.
Grammy-winning country artist Bryan White will conclude the weekend’s music from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12.
Other attractions include an Aug. 11 car and motorcycle show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an Aug. 11 5K at 8 a.m. (registration available online) along with a 9 a.m. CASA/GAL Super Hero Fun Run; Aug. 10 and 11 helicopter rides for $35 a person (no reservation needed); a petting zoo and pony rides; Aug. 10 autographs with Chrisman from 6 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 autographs with the balloon pilots from 4 to 5 p.m.; a vintage base ball tournament with 19th century rules from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11; a remote-controlled airplane show and display by the Findlay Flying Circuits Aug. 10 and 11; knockerball; a kids’ fair, and more.
New this year is an arts, crafts and Amish-made goods show featuring artwork, crafts, apparel, jewelry, leather work, woodworking, and cottage foods. The show will run from 4:30 p.m. Aug 10 and 10 a.m. Aug. 11 until 8:30 p.m. each day. It will also be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12.
Other new attractions include the only 1966 Batmobile in the world to be ridden and autographed by Adam West and Evel Knievel, which will be on site all three days for photo opportunities.
The Entertainment District will also have a mobile escape room for attendees of all ages, with two puzzles each offered for $5 a person.
Flag City Honor Flight will also host Veterans Night on Aug. 10 from 5 to 10 p.m., with food provided by Heavenly Pizza.
For more information and a full schedule, visit flagcityballoonfest.com