The Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival

The Annual Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival is taking place from July 19th to July 20th at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio. 



Come out and enjoy a weekend of hot air balloon activities, festival food and drinks, live music, carnival rides, and our famous hot air balloon glow. It’s the most popular balloon festival in Southwest Ohio.

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

Where: Smith Park, 2301 Wedekind Dr, Middletown, OH 45042

Cost: 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.

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Festival Activities

Fun for all ages. The Ohio Challenge brings vendors from all around the country. Get some food from one of our many different food vendors or if you are of the 21+ crowd, quench your thirst with a cold one from one of our beverage vendors.  Other vendors will be there selling various items from authentic native American goods to hot air balloon merchandise. Children will never run out of fun with our wide variety of carnival rides that can also intrigue the adults that are kids at heart. We truly have fun and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.

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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.

Tethered BallonRIdes

What better experience than climbing into a balloon and soaring up to get a birds eye view of the city without the expense. Well look no further. The Ohio challenge will have multiple balloons giving tethered balloon rides. Rides will cost $20/ adult & $15/child and multiple people can go up together. A tethered balloon is a hot air balloon that lifts off into the sky but does not travel any horizontal distance and then travels safely back down to earth.

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