Flag City BalloonFest

. July 31, 2014.

One, two, three…GLOW!

It isn’t a complete summer in Findlay without a trip to the ever-enchanting Flag City BalloonFest, which celebrates its 15th year with 50 hot air balloons. “The folks who organized it had a smaller event and thought maybe they would do it for a year or two,” said Rich Dougherty, president of the BalloonFest organizing committee. “It just kept going, and gets a little more special every year.” The BalloonFest– which heralds free admission and free parking– takes place at Emory Adams Park in Findlay. Marvel at the balloons in flight throughout the weekend and enjoy a multitude of family friendly activities along the way. Attractions include food vendors, a Kids Fair with inflatables, carnival-type games and pony rides, a car show, caricature artist, paid tethered balloon rides, a 5K run and a Life Flight helicopter on display. New this year will be a double-header of 1880s-era baseball games on Saturday. Players will use the equipment and rules from a bygone era, dressing in vintage uniforms. Teams will put on a show for the first game, then likely recruit some young spectators to join in during the second. Don’t miss seeing the vibrant balloons in flight or the enthralling hot air balloon illumination at dusk. Among the 50, there will be six “shaped” balloons including the ever-popular “Gordo,” the Purple People Eater, along with a dragon, butterfly, skunk and scarecrow.

Friday through Sunday, August 8-10. On Saturday, a fireworks display is set for 10pm. Emory Adams Park, 1528 S. Blanchard St. For a full schedule of events visit www.flagcityballoonfest.com. Free