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SCI Kiwanis Club Presents
2015 Indiana Balloon Fest
Day passes can be used FRI, SAT or SUN
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 6:00AM

Monroe County Fair Grounds
5700 W Airport Road
Bloomington, IN 47403


Passes are for carloads of people. If you purchase a day pass, it can be used on any of the three days of the festival. When you arrive, everyone in your car will be issued a wristband for that day. If you purchase a weekend pass, you can come and go as you like over the course of the three days. When you arrive, your entire party will be issued a weekend wristband. If you return to the fairgrounds, your car should only include members of that original party, still wearing their weekend wristbands.

To access the fair grounds, you will need to present a paper pass obtained at the BCT Box Office at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. or a printout of the receipt you will receive via email after purchase. You can also show your receipt on your smart phone. When making your purchase, your ticket delivery option should be set to "will-call," even though you are not required to pick up tickets at the box office. Passes will also be available at the gate for cash-only sales. Day passes will be $20 but the price of a weekend pass increases to $40 at the gate.

Indiana Balloon Fest:
Join us for the 3rd annual Kiwanis Indiana Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Our 9-year-old Kiwanis Club will use the funds generated from the Balloon Fest to support Riley Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, and other club projects.

We are anxiously looking forward to this year’s balloon launches each evening of the festival (weather permitting). We will host 20 colorful, enormous hot air balloons at this event and there is nothing more beautiful than to see these multicolored balloons ascend into the sky at dusk.

Another popular event of the Balloon Fest is the Night Glow. Following each evening’s launch the balloons return to the festival to conduct a Night Glow. At this event, the balloons are tethered to the ground and they use their propane heaters to light up the multicolored balloons synchronized to music. It is one of the most fascinating sites imaginable.

Food vendors will be present to entice the taste buds, and there will be musical entertainment, as well as other exciting events, including Kiwanis Idol, Cornhole Tournament and our annual Health & Safety Family FUN! Fair. You can win a hot air balloon ride by donating non-perishable food to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Balloon Rides: Balloon rides are not included in the purchase of your pass. Limited un-tethered balloon rides will be available for $250 per person. Please watch Facebook for last minute details on how to access these rides. Tethered balloon rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 per person. All balloon activity is weather-dependent.

Sponsors: Oliver Winery, Reach High Consulting, Cook Medical, IBEW Local #725, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Smithville Communications, & Midwest Color Printing

Policies: Some portions of the event will be held regardless of weather. Balloons will not fly if weather conditions are bad. Refunds are not available. The festival will welcome hundreds of visitors over the weekend and the traffic accessing the fair grounds can get backed up. Please allow extra time to access parking.

More Information: Visit the event website ( for a complete schedule for the weekend. Don't forget to download the EverFest app on your smartphone for a complete schedule and map.