UP UP AND AWAY...Midwest Balloon Fest at Kansas Speedway!!! Aug 5 Update.

Let's go balloony!!! All kinds of fun events. Tix on sale now, $16 with multiday options. Will go Saturday. Tickets cheaper at Hyvee than at gate so buy before event. I'm arriving at 6:00 PM and encourage you all to stay to hear my buddies Six Degrees West at 9:30 PM. "Bow chicka wow wow"! Do to size of event this will be a DIY meetup. But those wanting to hang with other Trippers...call me at[masked] from 6 PM on and I'll do my best to direct you to us. I've never been but feel it will be like kite fest was...very spread out.

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  • Terri S.

    We had fun. Sorry we were unable to meet up with you all. According to the pictures we did see some of you but at the time I did not know. I also still want to go up in one by myself. My hubbie will not go with me.

    August 11

    • Maryann K.

      I also want to go up in a balloon but my son wants to go with me sometime :)

      August 11

  • Lavonna M.

    Thanks Rich for getting this together! Beautiful balloons. I want to ride in one someday!

    2 · August 10

  • Maryann K.

    What great pictures! Looks like everyone had a great time :)

    1 · August 10

  • Rich R.

    Great night everyone. Most found each other. Have a better game plan to gather for next year. Sorry to those we missed but know you had a great experience.

    2 · August 10

  • Pam

    Balloons were awesome!

    1 · August 9

  • Lisa

    Great photo cliff! Are any launching yet ? Making a stop at Sheridans first :)

    August 9

  • Rich R.

    Let me try that again. We are sitting next to souvenir booth under aluminum light post. Back side of stage crowd facing balloons. Big red chair.

    August 9

  • Lisa

    How late does this go? Thinking of heading that way.

    August 9

  • Rich R.

    We are tiring me

    August 9

  • Charmayne

    I've parked my chair next to Coventry health

    August 9

  • Charmayne

    I'm at the ADA gate in case anyone is nearby.

    August 9

  • Pam

    Thanks we'll be down shortly, Leacy went to see a friend of hers..

    August 9

  • Pam

    Leacy and I are here near the stage

    August 9

  • Charmayne

    Here!

    August 9

  • Pam

    It's melty humid out here, just enough breeze though :)

    August 9

  • Cathy K.

    First time meeting with this group and first time seeing BALLOONS. I am excited about both :) Nice to have a way to go out and not be "alone"..... Looking forward to meeting new friends :)

    1 · August 7

    • debbee

      I am bringing a friend and then meeting a friend there..ya'll are welcome to walk around with us. The more the merrier. My name tag will bee 'Bee'...the laughs are starting already. Lame laughs that is! lol

      August 9

    • Sharon

      I think my plan is to get there about 2 and listen to the men's chorus. will be wearing a brightly flowered red/blue/beige/white 3/4 sleeve blouse and a straw 'cowboy' hat.

      August 9

  • debbee

    Rich thanks for spear-heading this event...I think it is going to be awesome!

    August 9

  • Rich R.

    Hey Trippers. Besides super awesome balloony tonight we will also enjoy super full moon. Its full on super Sunday but we'll get a taste tonight :)

    2 · August 9

  • Charmayne

    Decided to volunteer instead of just going. Have fun everyone!

    August 8

  • Terri S.

    My husband and I are going to be there sometime in the afternoon, We are volunteering for an event here in Manhattan & then we will head out. We are going to be greeters at the festival from 6:30 - 10pm. I am not sure how it works but we want to go out before we start volunteering.

    August 7

  • marilyn l.

    Sorry to RSVP no so late but I haven't made to HyVee to get ticket yet and don't think I will be able to get in there this week

    August 6

    • Rhonda

      I said yes but unfortunately I won't be at a HyVee either and my daughter changed her birthday plans. So have fun!

      1 · August 7

  • Ken H.

    I have a wedding reception to go Saturday evening so I will be going Saturday afternoon so if anyone else is going earlier let me know. Will be glad to save space etc...

    August 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    LOL! I'll be there volunteering for this event too in the AM so hopefully I will still have some fuel in the tank to enjoy the evening there too! Due to my close proximity I will NOT be carpooling! Have fun everyone!

    August 4, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Hey all...as I posted. I've never been to this so don't have a definate gameplan. Just wanted to share with you all. Its a big place .so don't expect us to herd around together. Im gettin there at six. Concert is at 9. Will figure it out there...sorry for any missed details.

    August 2, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Thanks pammie. Great idea. I will set up my BIG RED CHAIR. look for that.

      August 2, 2014

    • Terri S.

      My husband and I will be volunteering from 6:30 - 10

      August 2, 2014

  • Sharon

    Festival schedule on Saturday:
    6:30-9am Balloon fly-in competitions
    11am Royal Elements Dance Troupe - Main stage
    12pm Renaissance Festival Troupe & King & Queen
    1pm The Kaopectones Main stage
    2pm Heart of America Men’s Chorus Main stage
    3pm BBQ Awards Ceremony - Main Stage
    4- 4:45pm Loozin' Sleep - Main Stage
    5- 6:00pm Southern Vixen - Main Stage

    6pm - Hendricks Cadillac Ping Pong Ball Derby - Balloon Field
    6-10:00pm Tethered Balloon Rides - tethered balloon area behind kid’s area
    6:30pm - 7:15pm Charity Challenge Balloon Race - Balloon Field
    7:15pm - 7:45pm Special Shapes Inflate - Balloon Field
    7:45pm - 8:15pm All Balloons Inflate - Balloon Field
    8:15pm - 9:00pm All Balloon Glow - Balloon Field

    9:00pm - 9:30pm Southern Vixen - Main Stage
    9:30pm - 11:00pm Six Degrees West - Main Stage
    11:00pm - Festival Closes

    1 · July 31, 2014

    • Terri S.

      So when is the group meeting up?

      August 1, 2014

    • Sharon

      make a note of rich's phone nbr - he suggests calling him about 6 to figure out where to meet.

      August 1, 2014

  • Pam

    Also if staying late bring your chair or blanket to watch the glow burn and balloon launching, they are awesome!!

    1 · July 24, 2014

    • Terri S.

      I joined Serve KC but it is full. I really wanted to volunteer.

      1 · July 31, 2014

    • Valerie

      I was just on their page and kc serve also has more entries now for volunteering

      August 1, 2014

  • Lisa E.

    Have family coming to town next weekend so have to pass on the balloon fest. I'm thinking of taking them. I've never been and would love to see it. Thanks for the info on the tickets Rich.

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Maryann K.

    Where are we all meeting so we can sit together!

    July 24, 2014

    • Rich R.

      Please see description Maryann. We will try to gather as night progresses. This is first year for me so experimental this year.

      July 25, 2014

  • Rich R.

    Just bought some tickets at Hyvee. Website originally stated $10... THEY ARE $16...just a heads up...AND CASH ONLY!!!

    July 25, 2014

  • Rich R.

    I have room for 3 riders from Barry Road area.

    July 21, 2014

  • Pam

    Just an FYI.....
    The tethered balloon rides this year will be available for $10 per person Friday and Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., weather permitting. Kids of all ages can climb into a balloon gondola and ride the tethered balloon up to 50-75 feet in the air - without ever flying away. Due to the upredictability of the winds, tethered balloon ride tickets will be available for purchase 15 minutes prior to launch at the Tethered Balloon Site. A big thrill for a small price!

    July 24, 2014

  • Pam

    If anyone is interested Serve KC (another meet up group) still needs volunteers for this event, if you volunteer you will receive free entry to the event, T shirt and closer parking and of course the privilege to help a cause :) Search for Serve KC on meetup or you can find it on my profile page under my groups..
    Thanks to anyone that would like to help out!!

    July 21, 2014

    • Pam

      They are out there look at the dates, 8th, 9th and 10th of Aug thanks

      July 21, 2014

  • marilyn l.

    I HOPE i CAN get into Hy-Vee july24 to get my ticket

    July 16, 2014

  • Maryann K.

    I bought my ticket at Hyvee!

    July 16, 2014

  • Maryann K.

    I would like to carpool for this meetup. I live in Shawnee. Anyone want to carpool with me?

    July 13, 2014

  • Pam

    ServeKC group will be looking for volunteers includes free entry to the festival, I will be hosting Saturday afternoon before this event, we haven't posted it yet but just FYI. I know there are several that are embers of both groups.. :)

    1 · July 13, 2014

    • Charmayne

      I didn't see it listed on their meetup. Will join and check again.

      July 13, 2014

    • Pam

      It's not out there yet I'm one of their Organizers so I have the heads up it's coming :)

      July 13, 2014

  • Kevin A.

    I have been the last two years, this is a great event. Last year, I was a volunteer photographer for the event and got some great photos. Here is a link to some of my photos from 2012. www.facebook.com/Iamcreated/media_set?set=a.421979657839607.84210.100000827281683&type=3

    2 · February 28, 2014

    • Kevin A.

      And www.facebook.com/photo.p­hp?fbid=[masked]&set­=a.598066756882623.10737­41828.598059246883374&­type=3&theater

      June 26, 2014

    • Kevin A.

      My three winners from last years photo contest www.facebook.com/Iamcrea­ted/media_set?set=a.5739­48019309436.1073741834.1­00000827281683&type=­3

      June 26, 2014

  • Pam

    volunteered at the Balloon Fest last year, the Balloons are incredible to watch especially when it gets dark and they light them up!!!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Karen W.

    I used to love to watch the balloons in Plano, TX. Lived there for a few years. I don't think I remember them from AZ though.

    May 15, 2014

  • Rose Marie H.

    Love to watch the balloons at sunset with the fire glow.

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Maryann K.

    Always wanted to go to a balloon fest :)

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Dorian M.

    I went to the one in Arizona and it was amazing

    1 · March 5, 2014

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