Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning

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Helpful Event Info:
GENERAL ADMISSION ENTRANCE:    4000 Border Ave  Muskogee, OK
$10 per vehicle.  No public access through Love-Hatbox Sports Complex. Please have your money ready at the gate to hand to the parking attendant.  We are thankful to have the local Bedouin Shriners assisting with parking!  Event staff will be on the grounds should you have questions.  
FAQs: What should I bring?  Lawn chairs and blankets.  There will be bleachers along the perimeter of the spectator field and picnic tables in the food vendor area with a tent. Shade structures are only allowed along the perimeter of the spectator field. 
Are pets allowed?  NO.  Pets (small or large) are not allowed. 
Is there handicap parking?  Yes, parking attendants will direct you to the designated handicap parking area.   
Is VIP Parking available? 
Yes, passes must be purchased in advance. No VIP Parking Passes sold onsite.  Link for purchase: https://checkout.square.site/buy/MLEL3GCLXJ66BRZJIWQPI32X
Are there admission fees to enter the event or concert?  No, only the $10 parking fee.  There will be inflatables, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides, food trucks, and vendors.  
Can I bring my cooler?  No coolers or outside food/drinks allowed inside the event.  Please support the food trucks and drink vendors on-site. 
Can I bring my drone?  No, drones are not allowed.  Cameras are welcome.
Event Activities available:  Visit the Food Trucks and Merchant Vendors!!
Inflatables: $10 wristband per child.  Age 10 and under. 
Tethered Rides: $20 per person, first come first serve.  Riders must be physically able to climb into the basket and stand unassisted.  It is the Balloon pilot’s discretion regarding number of riders and appropriate weight inside the basket.  Family/friends may be separated to ensure safety of each ride.  
Helicopter Rides: Pricing starting at $40 per person (flights up to 8 minutes). 2-3 person per flight.     
Event Schedule: Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm - August 25th and 26th.  
Saturday and Sunday Competition Flights at sunrise are open to the public (no parking fee for entry). Live Broadcast of the competition flights will be available on our Facebook page.
2023 Schedule of Events
Balloons fly at sunrise and glow at sunset,
and are extremely limited to wind and weather permitting. 
General Admission Parking - $10 per car (4000 Border Ave).  Free entry into concert and midway/vendor area. 
VIP Parking - $25 per car (40th & Denver St). MUST pre-purchase - see link below. Parking pass only, does not include entrance into VIP/Sponsor Area.   
Activities:  Kids Zone - $10/child (age 10 and under) wristbands for inflatables; $20/person - tethered balloon rides; $40+/person helicopter rides 

Friday August 25 
5:00 PM Festival opens to the Public - Food truck & beverage, Kids Zone, Helicopter Rides, Vendors  
6:00 PM Balloon Activities begin - Mass Ascension
6:45 PM National Anthem and Flag Jump
7:00 PM Balloon Tethered balloon rides begin
7:30PM Live Music by Western Horn & the Hush  
8:00 PM Balloon Glow   
9:00 PM Fireworks Finale
Saturday August 26
7:00 AM Balloon Activities begin - Competition Flying
7:30 AM Up, Up and Away 5K Run Sponsored by S
aint Francis Hospital Muskogee
9AM – 5PM Hatbox Field Closed
5:00 PM Festival opens to the Public -  Food Trucks & beverage, Kids Zone, Helicopter Rides, Vendors
6:00 PM Balloon Activities begin - Mass Ascension  
6:45 PM National Anthem and Flag Jump        
7:00 PM Balloon Tethered balloon rides begin
7:30 PM Live Music by King Cabbage Brass Band 
8:00 PM Balloon Glow
9:00 PM Fireworks Finale
Sunday, August 28
7:00 AM  Balloon Activities begin - Competition Flying
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