A: Hot air balloons do not operate during the middle of the day because when surface winds are calm, hot air balloon pilots can control the altitude of the balloon very finely by heating or venting the air inside. During the day these light surface winds are broken up by "thermals." These are rising columns of warm air that spiral up towards the sky. These thermals are caused by the heating effect of the sun on the ground. Birds and glider pilots love them but for a hot air balloon, thermals make it very difficult to control the balloon.
A: Our experienced balloonmeister monitors weather conditions right up until scheduled times. Because weather can change, we may postpone a balloon activity for an hour or more. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for balloon activities and other announcements.
A: You may purchase parking passes for vehicles through this website. Various churches around the festival grounds will also provide parking for a fee. Please do not part at the businesses around the festival grounds!
There will be bicycle parking available, but you will be responsible for securing your bicycle.
A: All ballooning activities will take place on the festival field.
A: Balloon rides for the public are limited to the tether ride balloons. Tickets will be available for purchase.
A: You will be allowed to bring blankets and chairs into the festival grounds. However, coolers will NOT be allowed.
A: Jamboree bucks/tickets are the only form of payment accepted for activities inside the festival. Tickets will be available for sale at the event.
A: Yes! We will have two of the three hot air balloons in the country that can safely accommodate these groups.
A: This depends on weight. Most of the tether balloons can accommodate up to five people.
A: Drones are not allowed on the festival grounds per the federal aviation administration.
A: The Kids Zone is $5.00 and includes bounce houses, face painting, games, and our famous walk-in balloon and photo booth.
A: Visit our volunteer page and submit your contact info and area(s) you would like to volunteer.