5 things to enjoy at the Ohio Challenge balloon festival that returns this week in Middletown

12 Jul 2021


Event returns in a big way after last year’s cancellation.

Thousands of spectators will return to Middletown for The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park/Middletown Regional Airport this weekend. Festival hours Friday and Saturday are 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. There will be no festival activities on Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to seeing people out, having fun. People can get outside, enjoy the weather, and the balloons,” said Kathy Stites, event manager, The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Balloon enthusiasts will enjoy evening balloon glows, fireworks, skydiving demonstrations, and a car show Saturday. Spectators can visit 30-40 food and craft vendors. There will also be rides for kids.

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