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Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon event
Tuesday, February 11, 2003 12:00:00 AM - Monroe Ohio
Event: Ohio Challenge Hot air balloon competition event

Date: August 1,2,3, 2003

Flights: Early morning and early evening, weather permitting entertainment and attractions all day.

Why it is special: Middletown was the site of the 10-day, U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994 when the top 100 hot air balloon pilots flew in competition to win the national title and qualify for world events.

That very popular event planted the seeds which now are blooming as an annual top quality hot air balloon sanctioned competition. The best 30-50 regional hot air balloon pilots will compete for points toward their national standings. In addition, specialty balloons will also entertain the crowds.

Site: Smith Park (site of the Nationals), downtown Middletown, Ohio. Exit I-75 at SR 122 (Exit 32) and follow signs to downtown Middletown. Middletown is mid-way between Dayton and Cincinnati, just off I-75 with easy access to many area attractions.

Cost: Free entry to launch and festival site.
Fee for nearby and on-site parking.

Extras: Juried arts and crafts show; Live entertainment; The most popular local festival foods; Carnival rides; Many, many other attractions

Organized by: Mid-Miami Valley Chamber of Commerce, 1500 Central Ave, Middletown, OH 45044

Balloon Event Chairman: David Pearce, Vice President, Bank One, NA;
Balloon Event Vice-Chair: Dan Sack, Chamber Board Chairman, President and Owner, The Fourth R of Southwestern Ohio;
City Councilman Perry Thatcher, Owner, Ample Industries;
Balloon Pilot Dr. Mark Frazer, Summit Family Physicians;
Balloon Pilot James Wannemacher, ACF Mortgage;
Chamber President David Daugherty;
Chamber Event Director Emily Harris;
Publicist Ann Mort, Editor, Good News Magazine

Sponsors: A combined, public/private project, the Ohio Challenge will bring together government, business, non-profit groups and individuals working together for the good of the total community.

Early major sponsors include:
Middletown Community Foundation
Barnitz Fund, Managed by Bank One NA
City of Middletown
Mid-Miami Valley Chamber of Commerce
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