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Balloon Events

BALLOON LAUNCHES

The Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival is a great way to watch Balloons floating across the gorgeous green landscape of Green County Wisconsin.

Watch Air Air Balloon Launches taking place and enjoy the activities of the midway, including outstanding food, beer, and shop many other vendors all while listening to some of the best Blues bands around.

BALLOON GLOW

The Fairgrounds Balloon Glows is an event that features hot-air-balloons being inflated after dark (Watch Video of Glow). This special activity offers viewers a spectacle of fire and color unlike anything else you’re likely to see on a warm summer evening in Southern Wisconsin (or anywhere else for that matter). Hot air balloons stand like over-grown Chinese lanterns against the night sky, providing a breathtaking new perspective on the world of ballooning.

BALLOON SCHEDULE:

Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Launch
Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Glow at Fairgrounds

Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m Hot Air Balloon Launch

Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m Hot Air Balloon Launch
Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. Hot Air Balloon Glow at Fairgrounds

*Please note that flights may be postponed due to weather concerns such as wind speeds, rain, lightning, etc.. If air speed is too high between ground level and the heights that the balloons will travel, the launch time may be delayed to ensure the safety of our balloonists, as well as for the public.

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Photos From Previous Years

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COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Blues Bands!

 2017 LINE-UP

Friday, June 16th, 2017

 

6:30-8:00pm: Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo


8:30-10:00pm: Rev Raven and the Chain Smokin Altar Boys



Saturday, June 17th, 2017

 

2:30-4:00pm:  Paul Filipowicz


4:30-6:00pm: The Blues Disciples


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


8:30-10:00pm: Chris O’leary Band

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show

Part of the Balloon Rally is the Hot Air and Hot Wheels Car Show hosted on the fairgrounds midway Saturday. Kerry Stamm volunteered again this year to organize the car show and has put together a great team to assist with registering and judging the 21 different categories. If you would like to participate as an exhibitor, please contact Kerry via our contact page or contact him through their Facebook Page. (Registration Form)

Visit the Hot Air and Hot Wheels Car Show on Facebook

 

Crafts, Exhibits, Food and Beverages

Arts and Crafts Fair

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Be sure to check out this year’s Arts and Crafts Fair on the midway (both Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Saturday ). 

 

* Vendors and products vary each year and cover a wide range of items.

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Previous Vendors & Exhibits

  • Candles and Soaps
  • Children’s Books
  • Toys (Teddy Bears, PVC Bows & Marshmallow Shooters, and Much More)
  • Hats, T-shirts, Scarfs, Sun Glasses
  • Plants and Flowers
  • Garden and Household Decor
  • Handcrafted Clothing
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Electronics
  • Flag Poles
  • Haircuts for a donation
  • Relay for Life information booth

If you’re a vendor and want to join the fun, you can download an application here.

Food and Beverages

The Monroe Balloon Rally is a community-based event that depends on the generous support and participation of numerous businesses, and community groups. Along with the famous Cream Puffs provided by the National Historic Cheesemaking Center, you’ll need to save room for the cheese curds, giant cookies, cotton candy, kettle corn and deep fried everything. Here’s a sampling of the culinary distractions from previous years.

  • Boy Scout Troop 115: Food Booth and Schwan’s Ice Cream
  • National Historic Cheesemaking Center: Cream Puffs
  • Freeport Golden K Kiwanis: Kettle Corn
  • Monroe Lion’s Club: Food Trailer
  • Koning’s Ribeye Grill: Rib Eye Sandwiches
  • Family Promise of Green County: Concessions
  • Jason’s Flavored Ice
  • Almond Tree: German Roasted Nuts
  • Butterfly & Ribbon Fries
  • Beer Wagon: Next to Blues Bands

Tasty midway concessions will be available from Noon to 9:00 p.m. Also, there will be a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.