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Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday, February 25, 2005 2:56:31 PM - Monroe Ohio


Primary sponsor –

MidFirst Credit Union






Event: Third Annual Ohio Challenge

Hot Air Balloon Competition Event


Date/Time: Vendors/Entertainment 

Friday, July 22 – 4 to 10:30 pm

Saturday, July 23 – Noon to 10:30 pm

Sunday, July 24 – Noon to 7 pm

Grounds are open for early morning flight viewing.


Flights:  Weather permitting, early morning and early evening flights. Friday and Saturday night balloon glows.


Why it is special:  Middletown hosted the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships in 1992-1994 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 has led to Ohio Challenge,  an annual top quality hot air balloon sanctioned competition. The best 30  regional hot air balloon pilots compete for points toward their national standings. Specialty balloons also add to the fun.


Extras:  Juried arts and crafts show; live entertainment; the most popular local festival foods; carnival rides; sky divers and much more.


Site:     Smith Park (site of the Nationals), downtown Middletown, Ohio.  Exit I-75 at SR 122  (Exit 32) and follow signs to the downtown area. 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. 

There is a fee for on-site parking.







Platinum Sponsors:

City of Middletown/Middletown CVB

Middletown Community Foundation

Middletown Journal–Official Information Source


Gold Sponsors:

Bank One/Barnitz

The Rebel – 105.9 fm – Official Radio Station

Bronze Sponsors:

Time Warner Cable

US Bank

Specialty Balloon Sponsor:

Butler Tech

MidFirst Credit Union


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


Organized by: The Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe & Trenton, 1500 Central Ave, Middletown, OH 45044



Chair – Ginger Bruggeman, Senior Associate of Development, United Way of Middletown

Chair-Elect – Rodney Hale,  Chief, Trenton Police

Sponsorships/2004 Past Chair - Dan Sack, President and Owner, The Fourth R of Southwestern Ohio

Finance/2003 Past Chair - David Pearce, Senior Vice President, Bank One, NA

Balloon  Pilot - Dr. Mark Frazer, Summit Family Physicians

Balloon Pilot -  James Wannemacher, Triple J Investments

Chamber Event Planner- Kathy Venturella

Publicist - Ann Mort, inTown Magazine



Ann Mort-513-424-2038,

Kathy Venturella – 513-422-4551,

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