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National Balloon Classic

  • Overview

    Nearly 100 hot air balloons paint the Iowa sky with brilliant colors and playful Special Shapes! Cheer on skilled pilots as they compete for points and prizes, sit back and enjoy live music nightly, buy a balloon ride for a one-of-a-kind view, and prepare to be awestruck as dark skies come alive with a mystical glow during Dawn Patrol and Nite Glows. Kids Land, fireworks, fabulous food...experience all of this and so much more at the 2018 National Balloon Classic!

    SCHEDULE:

    Friday, July 27: Into the Blue! 6:30 PM Balloon Flight - Tip the Outhouse. On Stage: The Nadas

    Saturday, July 28:

    5:15 AM: Dawn Patrol
    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    11:00 AM: Crain Chiropractic presents the Wacky Classic Parade (Indianola city square)
    5:30 PM: Opening Ceremonies/Balloon Queen Crowning
    6:30 PM: OPEN THE SKIES - Mass Ascension Balloon Flight
    DARK: Fantastic Fireworks sponsored by Gib’s A&W All American Food
    On Stage: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Sunday, July 29: 

    Hall of Fame Induction/Landowner Appreciation Day
    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    1 -3 PM: U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame Induction at the National Balloon Museum. For info:
    NationalBalloonMuseum.com
    6:30 PM: Balloon Flight
    DUSK: Nite Glow
    On Stage: Damon Dotson Band

    Monday, July 30:

    Pilot Appreciation Night sponsored by Sports Page Grill
    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    6:30 PM: OPEN THE SKIES - Mass Ascension Balloon Flight
    On Stage: Royce Johns

    Tuesday, July 31:

    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    6:30 PM: Balloon Flight
    On Stage: Dueling Guitars, featuring Brian Congdon & Brad Seidenfeld

    Weds., August 1:

    Warren County Day sponsored by Warren County Economic Development
    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    6:30 PM: Balloon Flight
    DUSK: Nite Glow Extravaganza
    On Stage: Sons of Gladys Kravitz

    Thursday, August 2:

    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    6:30 PM: Balloon Flight
    On Stage: Joshua & Nicholas Sinclair

    Friday, August 3:

    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    6:30 PM: Balloon Flight
    DUSK: Nite Glow
    On Stage: B2wins

    Saturday, August 4:

    5:15 AM: Dawn Patrol
    6:30 AM: Competition Balloon Flight
    5:30 PM: Des Moines Skydivers/Skydive 515
    6:30 PM: Balloon Flight
    DARK: Fantastic Fireworks sponsored by Gib’s A&W All American Food
    On Stage: Jason Brown