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Until Next Year

Although weather did not cooperate for the balloons this year, we all did have a great time and appreciate all of items that did go very well.

As each year comes, we pray for weather like we had last year (2016) and many other years in the past, where scheduled flights take off every day/time and the glows are just a down right gorgeous site to see.

We had some of the greatest Blues Bands around playing awesome music all weekend, the beer was fresh and cold, and we had plenty of great food to choose from.

Not to mention the incredible Classic Car show!

We hope you take the time to thank all of the volunteers and businesses who spend time and donate funds to keep the event FREE!

A sampling of study materials for Balloon Pilots & Crews.

Getting Ready!

Question has been asked and here is the answer: Yes the weather forecast is calling for some rain and maybe a few thunderstorms over the weekend, but that will not stop the Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival!

As in Year’s past we always have always “Weathered” the weather and had a great time!!!

With all of the activities, there is no reason we will stop.

  1. Blues Band stage is in a tent and of course FREE.
  2. A little water does not slow down the Classic Car Show with a special visit from the Planter’s Nutmobile & Oscar Meyer Wienermobile.
  3. Midway will be full blast with unique food, crafts, vendors and activities for the kids.
  4. The Balloon launch may be postponed for a time and called off if there is a danger to people, pilots or the balloons.
  5. Balloon Glow can and has been previously modified to an awesome Fire Show, if wind is too strong.

We will do everything that we can as long as people can remain safe. In short, there may be a few modifications here and there for safety, but we will proceed with the event.

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Questions???

We get asked a lot of questions regarding our Balloon & Blues Event each year and always refer people to our FAQ PAGE. Here are the top 5, that may answer your questions:

      1. DO YOU OFFER BALLOON FLIGHTS?
        Sorry, our festival does not offer balloon rides to the public, due to the additional licensing and insurance required. We do recommend contacting a group like the WI Balloon Group at or Balloon Group of IL. These organization’s will help you find reputable and licensed balloon operators who can schedule a ride. Many will also have larger balloons that can accommodate several people, which can reduce the per person cost.
      2. IS THERE A COST TO THE EVENT?
        Admission is FREE to the Balloon and Blues Festival, but if you want to park inside the Green County Fairgrounds, the cost is $3. Our event able to run due to dedicated  volunteers and gracious local business sponsors. We of course hope that you will participate by purchasing parking, food, drinks, and other items while at the event as many of the booths are run by local non-profits and small businesses.
      3. WHEN DO THE BALLOONS GO UP AND GLOW?
        Hot Air Balloon Launches are scheduled for Friday & Saturday evening at 6:00pm., as well as Saturday morning at 6:00am.
        Hot Air Balloon Glows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30pm on the Fairgrounds. (*Please note that flights may be postponed due to weather concerns. Please watch our Facebook and Twitter page for live updates.)
      4. WHAT BLUES BANDS ARE PLAYING? 
        We have some of the best Blues Bands in this region, and probably the country, in our humble opinion. This year we are pleased to feature: Aaron Williams and the HoodooRev Raven and the Chain Smokin Altar BoysPaul FilipowiczThe Blues DisciplesPaul Kaye and the Blues Cartel, and the Chris O’leary Band. For more information and schedule please visit our BLUES PAGE PAGE.
      5. HOW MANY BALLOONS WILL BE IN THE FESTIVAL?
        We generally have between 12-16 balloons. Currently we have 13 registered, but their are usually 1-2 late entries.