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Great Midwest Balloon Festival Kansas City

Updated on May 4, 2015
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Great Midwest Balloon Fest

Do you love to watch hot air balloons float silently across the summer sky? If you do, come on out to the Kansas Speedway in August for the Great Midwest Balloon Fest, a thrilling weekend of spectacular hot air balloons, delicious food, a BBQ contest, a 5K Race with Balloons and great entertainment. The balloon events include balloon rides, balloon ascensions, and magical balloon glows.

The many other forms of entertainment include great music and kid activities. Great Midwest Balloon Fest, August 8-10, 2014, is a family-friendly event. Bring all your friends and enjoy the weekend activities.

The festival is held at the Kansas Speedway. All activities are weather permitting.

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October 23-24, 2015

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Helium balloons were one of aviation's first successes. Since 1783, balloons have traveled the skies, often in unintended directions.

Hot Air Balloon Pendant Necklace

One of these beautiful gifts is sure to make someone's spirits soar.

Sterling Silver Multi-Color Gemstone and Diamond Accent Hot Air Balloon Pendant Necklace, 18"
Sterling Silver Multi-Color Gemstone and Diamond Accent Hot Air Balloon Pendant Necklace, 18"

The pendant dangles from a pretty sculpted bail and is suspended from an 18-inch sterling silver rope chain. A rainbow of multi-color gemstones in this elegant pendant has 58 gemstones, including purple amethyst, red garnet, blue topaz, light green peridot, and citrine. Also petite round diamonds, decorating the balloon basket.

 

Jewelry Gift For The Fan

The Hot-Air-Balloon fan will love this jewelry. The pendant dangles from a pretty sculpted ball and is suspended from an 18-inch sterling silver rope chain. A rainbow of multi-color gemstones in this elegant pendant has 58 gemstones, including purple amethyst, red garnet, blue topaz, light green peridot, and xitrine. Also petite round diamonds decorate the balloon basket.

Volunteers Needed

Several hundred volunteers help run the nonprofit event, which raises money for several charities.

One of these pendents will make the perfect gift for your special Valentine!

Clevereve's Gold Jewelry Pendant Hot Air Balloon

This beautifully crafted 14K Gold piece is the perfect gift for the female fan. Each piece is made to order. These items take up to two weeks to produce.

The first US national championships were held in 1963. Today there are over 5,000 balloon pilots in the U.S. alone.

— History of Hot Air Ballooning

I fly balloons as a hobby, for the therapy, for the love of the sport and the friendships ballooning brings, and for the opportunity to share the magic with others.

— Marianne LeDoux

Balloon Glows

"in which more than 50 giant special shape balloons begin inflating on the balloon field and glow in the night sky, will start at 7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Shapes include a dragon, worm and many others."

~ Phil Hermanson

Balloon Fest spokesman

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predictions of at least 50,000 attendees

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Marianne LeDoux's Version of The Balloonist Prayer

The winds have welcomed us with softness.
The sun has blessed us with its warm hands.
We have flown so high and so well that God, and our crew,
joins us now in laughter after we settled gently
back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.

~Marianne LeDoux


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Rainbow Balloon Model

This is a perfect gift for any Hot Air Balloon fan. This Model total height with real woven reed basket is 22", and a hard surface hollow 12.6" balloon that never needs inflation, it won't deflate.

Click this image to see smaller models. Only the larger models have the sand bags.

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Wow, now you got me thinking. It was almost exactly 40 years ago that I went up in a balloon with several other gals who were in a competition for Miss Columbus Day in Ohio. It was quite exhilarating!

— julieannbrady 2013

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @SandyMertens: I like to watch them, but I will stay on the ground. lol

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I would love to travel in an air balloon. Looks like a fun festival.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you. Hope they get to attend!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Am sending the link to this page to my son. He lives in Olathe and this would be a fun weekend event for him & my two teenage grandsons. He also loves to volunteer with the boys and perhaps they might be interested in doing that. Thanks for the info.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @julieannbrady: That must have been fun!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Wow, now you got me thinking. It was almost exactly 40 years ago that I went up in a balloon with several other gals who were in a competition for Miss Columbus Day in Ohio. It was quite exhilarating!