Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

When is the Event?

The Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival is held every year on Friday and Saturday of Father’s day weekend.

How much does it cost to come to the Rally?

Admission is FREE to the Balloon and Blues Festival, but if you want to park inside the Green County Fairgrounds, the cost is $3.

What is the address for the Fairgrounds?

Green County Fairgrounds 2600 10th Street Monroe, WI 53566 – SEE MAP

Where can we stay that is close to the Rally?

Yes, please see Green County Wisconsin Lodging Page at: Don’t like getting up for the early morning balloon flights? Try camping at the Green County Fairgrounds. They have approximately 100 campsites, some with water hook-ups and most with electricity.  Please call the fair office if you have any questions concerning camping. (608) 325-9159.

How will the rally promote Monroe and increase tourism?

This is best answered by our purpose. (1) to create a spirit of good will and friendliness; (2) to promote, produce, and stage a balloon festival as shall appeal to the community which shall attract guests and visitors thereto.

Where is the Craft and Exhibitor Fair?

The Crafts and Exhibitor Fair will be on the Balloon Festival grounds located at the Green County Fairground. – SEE MAP

How can I get involved in the Crafts and Exhibitor Fair?

Please see the Crafts and Exhibitor Fair Vendor Information section of the Get Involved page.

As a vendor can I park my car at my booth?

On Friday and Saturday, cars will be allowed in the craft area for unloading only. There is designated parking for vehicles at the fairgrounds. Those with trailers will be directed to a special parking area.

Do vendors have to sell both days?

You are welcome to join us for any part of the event. We allow you to set up or take down anytime during the weekend. Exhibitor display windows include Friday 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. and Saturday 6:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M. Again you are free to exhibit all or part of the time and we invite you to view the full schedule of events to help determine when to show.

Can I get a Balloon Ride?

For those wanting a more tangible experience in a hot-air balloon on a future date, paid passenger flights are available through the Ride Operators of the Wisconsin Balloon Group. Please note that these outstanding, licensed firms will not be available during or at this year’s Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival, but they will be able to schedule you a ride of a lifetime in the very near future!

What is a Balloon Glow?

Well, it’s just one of the most impressive spectacles you may ever witness. Each evening of the rally (weather permitting) balloon pilots fire up their balloons (tethered in the center of the fairgrounds) and the audience is allowed to walk in and around them as they glow brightly against the dusky sky (Watch Video of Glow). It’s difficult to do justice to the scene in photo or video, but you can click here to watch more videos of the past events (though they cannot do it justice — you’ll just have to come and see it for yourself). Boy Scout Troop 101 will be lighting up the Hot Air Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday and they will be distributing glow necklaces at the Monroe Rally. For more information on the Balloon Glow please see the Balloon Glow Schedule or view our entire Balloon Festival Schedule.

How many balloons do you expect to be at the rally?

Approximately the same number of balloons we have been hosting each year since 2007, that number between 11-16.

What Blues Bands are playing?

Please visit the page for this year’s Blues Festival Lineup

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 do not bring in your own alcohol. We will have a licensed beer tent available for those who wish to partake.

Is the event pet friendly?

Yes, leashed dogs are welcome. Please remember to pick up after your dog and that they must remain under your control at all times.

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