This morning’s fire in the National Balloon Museum as caused internal damage to the museum and its contents, the extend of which is still being determined. There were no injuries as the building was empty at the time. The offices of the National Balloon Classic and the offices of the BFA were damaged, but not destroyed. The BFA will soon move its offices to a new temporary location to continue to support the membership. However some items, such as log books, patches, pins and other items that are regularly sold and sent from the office are damaged and will need to be replaced.

The fire is under investigation by the Indianola Fire Department and we will hear more information as the museum proceeds into the clean up, restoration and salvage work. We will keep you informed as best we can.

In the meantime, please be patient with us as the BFA will be working from temporary headquarters. If you have ordered items from us, please expect some delay. You can still contact Denise at our regular number (515-961-8809) as it is directed to a cellphone, and email service remains unchanged.

Thank you all for your great support. 

Pat Cannon


BFA President