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Midway Activities

Lots to See and Do

Be sure to check out the Midway which includes Arts and Crafts, Food Vendors, the Beer Tent, Activities for the Kids and so much Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

* 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
  • 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 Troops: Cheese Sandwiches and 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

There will also be a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. by Koning’s Ribeye Grill.

See More at: https://monroeballoonrally.com/crafts-exhibits-food-drink/

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. There will be helicopter rides and hand lead ponies. 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 PAGE.
      5. HOW MANY BALLOONS WILL BE IN THE FESTIVAL?
        We generally have between 12-16 balloons.