2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
July 16th - 17th, 2021

The Ohio Challenge

It it more than just hot air.

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Weather is looking much more promising today. The festival opens at 5pm. We are doubling the firework show tonight to include the rained out show from last night. Come out and join us for some family fun and see the magic of the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival.

   Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival is back full of hot air for 2021. All festival activities are weather permitting. No personal canopies/tents will be permitting inside the park.

We are happy to announce that we will be having the Ohio Challenge festival this year July 16th and 17th, 2021. We are currently working through the final details so stay tuned for further details. We hope to see everyone soon.

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Featured Activities

Hot air balloon experience

Come experience an up close adventure with Hot Air Balloons.

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 Friday and Saturday at dusk.


Car Show

The car show will be Saturday 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.



Fireworks will start around 9:45pm on Saturday. There will also be fireworks Friday night.

Festival Information

The festival is open 5pm to 10:30pm Friday, July 16th  and Saturday, July 17th.
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

Shuttle service will not be available inside Smith park

No personal canopies/tents will be permitted inside the park

2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042

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