2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
July 19th - 20th, 2024

Event Policies

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On-Site Activity Policy – Booth/Literature/Campaigning
All booth activities are confined to within 5 feet of the booth. No hawking or accosting guests. Allow guests to approach a booth or ask for literature if they wish.
No sales or political activity may be conducted by walking around the event site. No soliciting permitted on the grounds or near park entrance.
Political Candidates who wish to attract voters may walk around the site wearing “tasteful” t-shirts or badges proclaiming their cause or candidate but may no accost people to elicit votes or support. Appropriateness of shirts and badges will be at the sole discretion of the event management. While The Ohio Challenge Hot Air balloon Festival certainly supports local non-profit agencies and many committee members personally support various local causes, the organization does not provide free booth space for promotional purposes. Booth space is made available to upper level event sponsors and approved vendors. Revenue generated from our sponsors and vendors are what help make the event possible. Let them know how much you appreciate their support!

Pet Policy
While service animals and well-controlled pets on leash are welcome in the park, owners should know that their pet’s behavior and waste is their responsibility. Because large crowds, the sound of balloon burners and fireworks may be bothersome to many animals, we recommend that easily excited animals may be more comfortable at home in their familiar surroundings.

Admission Policy
The Ohio Challenge charges a minimal $10 adult admission fee to those who choose to walk into the event site (Children under 13 are admitted free). The $10 is a very low admission fee for an event which provides fireworks, top entertainment, hot air balloon launches, skydiving demonstrations, classic car show, Indian Village and balloon glows without additional charge. For those who choose, parking is available ($20 per vehicle) at the airport entrance off Germantown Road with free shuttle service to the event and free admission for all occupants of the vehicle. RV & Bus parking is no longer available. There will also be limited premium parking inside the park available for $40/vehicle. The admission revenue is used to help defray the costs of presenting the event and eases the burden on sponsors who support one of the most spectacular events in SW Ohio. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival is directed to local non-profit organizations who help present the event – directing traffic, site cleanup, gate attendants, etc.