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Balloon Classic

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic Presented by Aultman attracts balloonists from throughout the United States. It has become one of the most popular of all Festival events with more than 130,000 spectators viewing the balloon activities over the weekend.

There are a total of five scheduled flights each year, and an exciting Night Glow on Friday evening. Added excitement will be generated by the fabulous fireworks display on Saturday. There is musical entertainment both Friday and Saturday nights along with two children's areas.

NEW THIS YEAR! Experience the sky like never before with the Drone Show sponsored by The Timken Company, with support from Visit Canton! Witness a mesmerizing display as a fleet of drones lights up the night, creating dazzling aerial choreography. Don't miss this cutting-edge addition. Each night features a unique, custom show (see schedule below).

Whether you're in the mood for a funnel cake or a slice of pizza there is a vendor to meet your appetite! The Balloon Classic presented by Aultman is truly an event for all families and friends to attend!

Admission is FREE. Parking is $10.


Tethered Rides sponsored by Daimler Truck 
Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27
6:30 - 9 p.m.

Get ready for an adventure this year at the Balloon Classic with a tethered hot-air balloon ride! It's a one-of-a-kind experience for guests of all ages. Whether you're a seasoned balloon enthusiast or this is your first hot air balloon experience, this ride will leave you floating.

Each tethered ride is conducted by skilled and experienced pilots, ensuring the safety and enjoyment for everyone on board. The balloons remain securely anchored to the ground.


  • $25 per person
  • Available for purchase at the event, up on the track, near the children's inflatables.


  • Will you start right on time? We hope so! The wind speeds have to be ideal so we sometimes get a delayed start.
  • How many people will go up each time? 4 to 7 people will go up depending on the weight of those riding.
  • Who can go up in the balloon? Anyone and everyone, both balloons will have baskets with doors.
  • How old do you have to be? No age limit as long the child is not scared or crying.
  • How long is the ride? Approx 5 minutes – its longer than it sounds!
  • How high do we go? We will go 30 to 70 feet based on the winds speeds – Once you are in the balloon and up in the air it will feel way higher than it looks from the ground
  • Do you offer private rides? To keep the lines moving; private rides will not be available.
  • Tethered rides are located up on the track, near the children's inflatables.

2024 Balloon Classic Coloring Contest

Enter your coloring contest for a chance to WIN a Balloon Classic presented by Aultman prize pack!

Completed coloring contests can be returned via mail/drop-off to Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 222 Market Ave N, Canton, OH 44702 by August 4, 2024. Prize packs will be awarded to one winner per age group.

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