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Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks FAQ

NEWS FLASH!!!  DON'T FORGET THAT THIS GREAT FAMILY EVENT TAKES PLACE ONE WEEK BEORE THE START OF THE OTHER FESTIVITIES IN ORDER NOT TO CONFLICT WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON CHAMPIONSHIPS.

BALLOON CLASSIC ACTIVITIES:  Hot air balloons fly best in less than 8 mph winds, and the weather must be almost perfect for these beautiful balloons to take to the skies. Pilots are briefed on weather before each and every flight; flights may be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions.  Helpful hints:  If you’re an early bird, come check out the morning flights!  For evening flights, traffic is especially heavy, so plan ahead.

TIMES ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE, ESPECIALLY DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS AT THE TIME:
 
FRIDAY, JULY 18
6:30 AM: Media Flight
5:30 PM: Activities begin at the Balloon Classic
6:30 PM: Balloon Launch
9:30 PM: NIGHT GLOW
 
 
SATURDAY, JULY 19
6:30 AM: Balloon Launch
5:30 PM: Activities begin at the Balloon Classic
6:30 PM: Balloon Launch
 
SUNDAY, JULY 20
6:30 AM: Balloon Launch

 

JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST ACTIVITIES:

FRIDAY, JULY 18
4:00 - 11:30 PM:  Activities include; food vendors, musical entertainment, and children's area. Check back periodically for schedule updates. 
  
 
SATURDAY, JULY 19
4:00 - 10:00 PM:  Activities include; food vendors, musical entertainment, and children's area. Check back periodically for schedule updates.
10:00 - 10:30 PM: FIREWORKS
10:30 - 11:30 PM: Enterainment continues! Check back periodically for schedule updates. 
At both venues, there are also awide variety of food and beverage vendors, as well as family activities such as a playground of inflatables and balloon education area.

 

Is parking available? Yes. Parking is only $5.00 after 3:00 p.m. in the Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College lots. Disabled parking is available to those who present their disability parking permit.

When will the balloons glow? The illuminating NIGHT GLOW is scheduled for Friday night at 9:30 PM but is also weather dependent.  Watch as the balloons “dance” to music – it's quite a sight to see!

When are the fireworks? The Jackson-Belden Food Fest hosts the spectacular FIREWORKS show on Saturday night at 10:00 PM., once again, a bit weather dependent. For more information, visit www.jbcc.org.

What kind of entertainment can I expect to see?  All kinds! The Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest offers a variety of entertainment. From giant hot air balloons, to fireworks, food, music and children’s areas – this is quite an event to see!

Can I bring Fido? Sorry -- no. You will definitely enjoy this event, but it is not a place for pets. We do not have doggy port-a-johns or water stations, so please leave Fido at home. Many animals are frightened around crowds or loud noises such as fireworks. Service dogs are welcome.

Will the balloons take off or land near my home? We wish we could say yes, because watching these big beauties is fascinating, but their location is 100% based on the winds! Pilots are briefed on wind speed and direction before each flight, which dictates where they will take off and land. Keep your eyes to the skies!

What should I bring? Please bring blankets and/or chairs for seating. Don’t forget your cameras! Food and drinks are available for purchase, as well as souvenirs.

Can I go on a balloon ride? Sorry, no. Due to liability and insurance, spectators are not permitted to take balloon rides at the event.

How close can I get to the balloons? Spectators will have a great view of the balloons from just about anywhere but are not permitted on the launch field which is reserved only for pilots, crew, and credentialed media.

Where can I eat and stay during the Enshrinement Festival events? Please check out www.visitcantonstark.com for more information.

QUESTIONS OR NEED FURTHER INFO -- CONTACT ANDREA HARTMAN:  330.458.2054 or andreah@cantonchamber.org