Hot Air Balloon Festival (in Ohio)

This event is somewhat further from Pittsburgh (about a 2 hour drive), but it looks really neat! The festival goes on from Friday through Sunday, with a Night Glow at 9:30 pm on Friday and launches at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm on Saturday and 6:30 am on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is free but the cost for parking is $5. Here's a description from their web site:

The 2013 Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest (click here) is just around the corner! There will be dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours, and children’s activities at both the Balloon Classic and Jackson-Belden Food Fest areas. The Canton Regional and Jackson-Belden Chambers of Commerce continue to collaborate to create a fantastic event with the Food Fest under the umbrella of the Enshrinement Festival!

We will soon be announcing which giant and adorable special shapes will be flying the friendly skies of Stark County! We're planning to have a full field of 60+ hot air balloons again this year - so keep your eyes to the sky! Remember too, that after the sun sets on Friday night, we offer a beautiful show - the Balloon Glow! And thanks to the Jackson-Belden Chamber for their partnership with us and for the fantastic fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night! Mark your calendars now for this fantastic event!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    had to change my rsvp. got onto the entry list for the beer brewing workshop that was also for today. i'll try for the new castle show!

    July 19, 2013

  • WILMA

    I'm actually heading to Irish festival in Cleveland and plan on stopping for the hot air festival on the way.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wherev and when are we guys meeting? I am planning to be there on Saturday evening.

    July 18, 2013

  • WILMA

    Where is the group meeting?

    July 16, 2013

    • David

      I think that each person is going separately. We're driving up Friday afternoon and staying overnight.

      July 16, 2013

  • Melany

    This sounds like so much fun!

    July 15, 2013

  • Carrie

    Not sure what day we will be attending, but whatever day we do go, it will be a great time.

    July 9, 2013

  • diane

    Ok, I will be going to the Saturday night launch (july 20). Will probably leave the area around 2 to be there around 4ish. I will not stay the night, I'll drive back after.

    June 19, 2013

  • David

    There is a closer, but smaller, hot air balloon festival in New Castle PA on 7/25 - 7/28.

    June 18, 2013

    • nancy

      thats something to consider David

      June 19, 2013

  • Pamela R.

    Can we get a group together to to go there? Is anyone interested in riding together?

    1 · June 19, 2013

    • David

      Perhaps you could suggest a time / schedule? For example to meet Friday at x pm and stay for 1 night ...

      June 19, 2013

    • nancy

      i could go with group

      June 19, 2013

  • Ben S.

    I am going up Friday evening, will be staying at my sisters that night in Cleveland, and going back the next morning. I plan to return Saturday evening after that launch.

    June 19, 2013

  • diane

    Are people meeting there at 5:30 as a group, or are we doing our own thing over this weekend?

    June 18, 2013

    • David

      Since this is a 3 day affair, I suggest that you contact some of the other yes's to see if they want to get together. Or you could specify a time yourself and have others meet you. If I were going, I might go Friday evening and stay overnight.

      June 19, 2013

  • Ben S.

    I have always wanted to photograph one of these.

    June 19, 2013

  • Ben

    I remember going to these as a kid. So glad to find one so close to the Pittsburgh area

    June 18, 2013

  • Melany

    This sounds like so much fun!

    June 18, 2013

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