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Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival

Event

Title:
Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival
When:
07/21/2017 - 07/23/2017
Where:
Middletown Regional Airport, Hook Field - Middletown, Ohio
Categories:
Balloon Festivals, Competition Event
Contact Name:
Kathy States
Contact Email:
stiteskj@cinci.rr.com

Description

The purpose of the annual event is to bring positive attention to the City of Middletown while including non-profit organizations in a way that they may add to their own treasuries.  The U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships were held in Middletown 1992-1993-1994. The community asked that continuing balloon events be held in Middletown.  The Ohio Challenge is in response to that interest and centers around a significant hot air balloon competition which draws many of the best pilots in the country.
 
 
2017 Tentative Pilot Schedule 
Friday- July 21 Activity Location
3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Pilot Registration

Drury Inn & Suites 122/75 (Exit 32),3320 Village Dr, Middletown, OH

5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Pilot Master Briefing Smith Park – Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
6:00 p.m. Skydive show
6:15 – 6:35 p.m. Pilot Weather/Task Briefing Smith Park – Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
6:45 - 7:00 p.m. Pilot Sponsor Match Up Smith Park - Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
7:15 - 8:45 p.m. Sponsor Hare and Hound Flight Launch From Hook Field - Launch Field
8:15 p.m. Skydive show
8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Welcome Reception-Pilots & Sponsors

Smith Park - Sponsor/Pilot Reception TentFood available until 10pm

8:30 - 11.00 p.m. Propane Refill Smith Park
9:00 p.m. Sunset
9:15 - 9:45 p.m. Balloon Glow Smith Park-South side of launch field fence
10:00 p.m. Pyrotechnic Skydive & Laser Show with Pyrotechnics Pilots remain in Glow area until cleared by staff
Saturday- July 22 Activity Location
6:15 - 6:35 a.m. Pilot Weather/Task Briefing Smith Park – Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
6:29 a.m. Sunrise
7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Competitive Flight Launch From Remote Location
8:50 a.m. Skydiving Show Opens 5k/10k Race Smith Park
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Propane Refill

Logger return to Drury Operations Cntr.

Smith Park
8:00 –10:30 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast Available

Donation Accepted

Smith Park - Pavilion (Near Glow Area)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Pilot Preflight Picnic Style Meal Smith Park - Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Skydive show
6:15 - 6:35 p.m. Pilot Weather/Task Briefing Smith Park – Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Competitive Flight Launch From Hook Field - Launch Field
6:00 - 10:30 p.m. Pilot - Snacks & Light Meals Available Smith Park -Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
8:15 p.m. Skydive show
8:30 - 11.00 p.m.

Propane RefillLogger return to Drury Operations Cntr.

Smith Park
8:58 p.m. Sunset
9:15 - 9:45 p.m. Balloon Glow Smith Park-South side of launch field fence
10:00 p.m. Pyrotechnic Skydive & Fireworks
Sunday- July 23 Activity Location
6:15 - 6:35 a.m. Pilot Weather/Flight Briefing Smith Park – Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
6:29 a.m. Sunrise
7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Competitive Flight Launch From Remote Location
7:20 a.m. Skydiving Show Opens Bicycle Ride Smith Park
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Propane RefillLogger, marker & banner return to Drury Operations Cntr.

Smith Park
11:30 a.m. Awards Luncheon Smith Park - Sponsor/Pilot Reception Tent
 
Contact:
Kathy States, Event Manager
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Ginger Brueggman, Pilot Coordinator
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Jesica Burges - Media
 


Venue

Location:
Middletown Regional Airport, Hook Field - Website
Street:
1707 Run Way
ZIP:
45042
City:
Middletown
State:
Ohio
Country:
United States