2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
July 19th - 20th, 2019


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   Come out July 19th and 20th, 2019 for The Ohio Challenge balloon festival.....The weather is looking hot and sunny... Don't forget water to stay hydrated and lots of sun screen......

July 19th  – 20th, 2019

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Hot Air Balloon Challenge

The Ohio Challenge is a sanctioned hot air balloon competition. This year 30 participants will race to win the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the Nationals.


Night Balloon Glow

A fan favorite, the night balloon glow is a magical display that families look forward to every year. This year’s balloon glows will be July 19th and 20th at dusk.

Fireworks Display

This year’s fireworks are sponsored by Start Skydiving. They will start around 9:45pm on Saturday, July 20th. There will also be fireworks Friday night.

Full Festival

The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival will include outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts & crafts and carnival rides.

The festival is open 4pm to 10:30pm Friday, July 19th  and Saturday, July 20th.

Walk-in admission is $5 per adult, 13 and up. 12 and under are free.

Parking is $15 w/ free shuttle and admission for all in the car.

Parking Shuttle from the Airport Entrance

Butler County Warbirds

2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042

Event Map

Click the Image Below for a Downloadable PDF Map


Car Show

The car show will be Saturday, July 20th, from 4pm to 8pm. Registration is from 2pm to 4pm. The cost for registration is $15. Dash Plaques are guaranteed to the first 100. Top 30 awards plus best of show, sponsor’s choice, Warrior’s choice, and SELECTiON.COM® choice.

Tethered Balloon Rides

Gentle Breeze will be onsite offering tethered balloon rides.

Bella Balloons-Balloon Rides

If you are interested in taking a hot air balloon ride during the event, contact Bella Balloons for a once in a lifetime experience!


Warrior Weekend to Remember

To enrich the lives of active duty and veteran service men and women injured in combat or training, an exciting combination of activities have been designed to take place in conjunction with The Ohio Challenge.

With the support of key organizers from Team Fastrax and Selection.com, up to thirty honorees and their sponsor hosts will participate in a variety of events throughout the community over a 4-day period.

Purple Heart – level sponsorships have been designed to help support the Warrior Weekend to Remember. Purple Heart sponsors will have the privilege of participating in events alongside Warrior honorees, while also enjoying benefits associated with The Ohio Challenge.

Goodfolk & O’Tymes Biplane Rides

Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati’s only antique open cockpit biplane ride business. Enjoy a sightseeing open airplane ride over the Ohio country side.