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Klondike Cheese Company “Crown Sponsor” for the 2018 Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival!

Klondike Cheese Company of Monroe, Wisconsin is announced as “Signature Crown Sponsor” for the 2018 Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival!

Built on 4 generations of outstanding Wisconsin cheese making, Klondike is the maker of award-winning and much sought-after products as their signature Feta, Muenster, Brick, Havarti & Greek Yogurt family. They have been crafting cheese on the factory’s original site established in the rolling hills of Green County during the late 1800s and it shows in every product they make.

The Buholzer family’s six Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers have continually combined their expertise and creativity to meet the needs of the U.S. consumers by crafting many styles of specialty cheese.

Today Klondike Cheese Co. boasts four Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. They are recognized nationally for their very authentic Feta, a constant award winner, made with local cow’s milk and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure they provide superior and uncompromising quality and consistency for all cheeses.

Monroe Balloon and Blues is presented by The Arc of Green County – a non-profit organization devoted to opportunities and advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Arc salutes the dedication of devotion to the outstanding quality of the entire Klondike family and is very proud to be able to have Klondike as Crown Sponsor of this year’s event!

Frequently Asked 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 7, 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: Madtown Mannish BoysAlex Wilson BandStackhouseThe JimmysCash Box KingsJosh Hoyer and Soul Colossal . For more information and schedule please visit our Blues Page.
        1. HOW MANY BALLOONS WILL BE IN THE FESTIVAL?
          We generally have between 12-16 balloons.
        2. CAN WE BRING OUR OWN CHAIRS AND ALCOHOL?
          PLEASE, feel free to bring in chairs, blanket or other items to watch the bands, have a picnic or watch the balloon events. BUT, Carry in alcohol is prohibited on the grounds! So, please do not bring alcohol into the grounds. We will have a licensed beer tent available for those who wish to partake
        3. LEASHED DOGS ARE WELCOME
          Please remember to pick up after your dog and that they must remain under your control at all times.

Helicopter Rides…Yes you heard that Right!

Helicopter Rides will be available near the eastern end of the fairground.

Flight Time:

  • Friday evening 5PM to dusk
  • Saturday Noon to dusk.

Cost:  $40 per rider (2yrs and older).

Vendor will accept cash and credit cards.

Flights are 5 – 6 minutes but riders may purchase additional time to fly over their homes for pictures