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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.

PLEASE MONITOR OUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNT FOR LIVE UPDATES!!!

 

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.

In Case You Missed It – Blues Bands Lineup

 2017 LINE-UP

Friday, June 16th, 2017

 

6:30-8:00pm: Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo
WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winner
“Best Blues Performer”


8:30-10:00pm: Rev Raven and the Chain Smokin Altar Boys
WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winner
“Best Blues Performer”



Saturday, June 17th, 2017

 

2:30-4:00pm:  Paul Filipowicz
“Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Guitarist”


4:30-6:00pm: The Blues Disciples
WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winner
“Best Blues Performer”


6:30-8:00pm: Paul Kaye and the Blues Cartel


8:30-10:00pm: Chris O’leary Band