2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042
July 17th - 18th, 2020


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   Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival Cancels Event for 2020. Please come out and join us for our event July 16th & 17th 2021. Everyone stay safe and healthy.....

The 2020 Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival scheduled for July 17 & 18 has been cancelled. This decision was made based on the CDC’s and state’s recommendations regarding large events. Although we are disappointed that the festival can’t take place, we feel it is the best decision to keep our community and citizens safe and healthy. 

According to Dave Pearce, Executive Committee Member, “We have examined many factors including the guidance from state and local health officials and feedback from balloon pilots, healthcare professionals, other event managers, vendors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors.  We have determined the health risks are too great to ensure the safety of pilots, vendors, volunteers, and patrons.  In addition, one of the primary sources of income for the event is corporate sponsorships and most companies are experiencing financial challenges and are prioritizing their resources on the wellbeing of employees and the business.”   

We would like to recognize our sponsors, volunteers, vendors, balloon pilots, skydivers, and the public for your commitment to the event over the past 18 years.  It is your enthusiasm and love for the event that drives us to provide the most memorable experience possible year after year.  Rest assured, the Ohio Challenge Executive Committee cannot wait for COVId-19 to get resolved so that we can host the event for the 19th time next year on July 16 & 17, 2021. We look forward to continuing the tradition of being the greater Dayton and Cincinnati’s Most Popular Balloon Festival.  We encourage you to continue to follow us on Facebook for 2021 updates. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 and hope you are all staying safe and health during this time. 

July 17th  – 18th, 2020

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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 17th and 18th at dusk.

Fireworks Display

This year’s fireworks are sponsored by Start Skydiving. They will start around 9:45pm on Saturday, July 18th. 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 17th  and Saturday, July 18th.

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 18th, 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 2-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.