Waterford Balloonfest

6th Annual Waterford Balloonfest

July 15-17, 2016

This year marks the sixth annual Waterford Balloonfest which is one of about 100 festivals that balloon enthusiasts coast-to-coast know about, talk about, and vow to revisit each year.  More than a dozen balloonists from around the nation gather for this genuinely unique event.  There is no entrance fee for the Balloonfest so bring your family and friends to enjoy the event of the year!

We will bring back our classic evening balloon glows for Friday and Saturday evenings.  These evening balloon glows are a visitor favorite!  Weather permitting, the balloonists will highlight their amazing flying skills at a flight competition Saturday morning.

New in 2016, The Kids from Wisconsin will perform a musical review on Friday, July 15th from 6-8PM.  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and stay for the evening balloon glow after the performance.

Arts and Crafts artisans will show their wares Friday evening and most of the day and into the evening on Saturday.  Local and natioinal businesses will be set up to provide information about their companies in our Business Vendor area on Saturday. Local and regional food establishments will be on the grounds selling delectable foods & beverages.  A kids' area will have games, activities and entertainment to keep the little ones busy!  Don't miss the helicopter rides as well as the inflatable amusement area!

Check back for more updates and specific information on this lighter-than-air event!

Preferred Event Parking Lots $10/vehicle*
Standard/Handicapped/Motorcycle Event Parking Lots $5/vehicle*

*Portion of all parking lot fees will be given back to help the local nonprofit organizations serving as lot attendants. Street parking is available but on a limited basis around the festival grounds.

Friday, July 15th - 4pm - 9pm
Saturday, July 16th - Sunrise (around 5:30am) - 9pm
Sunday, July 17th - Sunrise (around 5:30am) - 10am

Absolutely no smoking, alcohol, bikes, skateboards, or animals are allowed on school / event grounds!  Certified service animals are welcome.  Thank you for complying and making this event fun for everyone!

All balloon, helicopter and inflatable amusements are weather permitting.

Do you have a few hours to volunteer at this event?  We need over 100 volunteers to help make this event a success.  Please review the job descriptions for each position then fill out the volunteer form and return it to the chamber office by Tuesday, June 21, 2016.  There will be a Volunteer Meeting on Tuesday, June 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Evergreen Elementary School Cafeteria, 817 W. Main Street, Waterford.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Volunteer Form

Hot air balloon rides during the event are available for certain sponsorship levels.  Others interested in balloon flights at the event will need to contact our balloonist, Ken Walter with WindDancer Balloon Promotions, aballoonride@gmail.com prior to the event.  

Tethered balloon rides will be available at the event and tickets may be purchased at the event.  Tethered rides are offered by Sky Cab Balloon Promotions.  Thank you to the sponsor of the tethered rides - Waterford Medical Clinic!

* All balloon events are weather dependent. * Ballooning is a fair weather sport.  Assuming visibility is good, the key consideration is the wind speed.  Generally, a launch is not feasible when the wind exceeds 8 miles per hour.  The preferred flying times are just after sunrise and just before sunset, when the winds are lighter and more stable.  The pilots make a determination concerning the weather.

Help support Southeastern Wisconsin’s most magical event through sponsorship! Your business will benefit from exposure to 25,000+ visitors! Our goal is not only to grow our region as a destination location for spectacular events, but to grow together with your business!

We need and encourage sponsorship to help fund the festival year
after year. Show your appreciation to customers and reward employees
by sharing the following benefits of your sponsorship.

Community organizations, individuals, and families are also encouraged to become a sponsor!
2016 Sponsorship Information:
Sponsorship Form
Specialty Sponsorhip Form

Friday, July 15th, 4-8pm
Saturday, July 16th, 10am - 8pm

Arts & Crafts Vendor Application
Our show is a juried show.  JURY PROCESS:  All items must be handmade by the vendor to be located in the arts and crafts area.  No commercial products, buy-sell items, or home party products are allowed.  If found selling these products you will be asked to remove them and/or leave the craft show. No refund will be issued if your booth is closed for this reason.

Each application must be accompanied by the following:

1.) Three photos showing the progression of your product from start to finish (ie. beginning, midway completed, and final product). 

2.) One close-up photo of your product (this may also be one of the “in-progress” photos).

3.) Two finished product photos, close-up.

Saturday, July 16th, 10am - 5pm
Business Vendor Application

Cover Letter
Food Vendor Application
Required documents for food vendors

     CRCHD Letter
     CRCHD Application
     CRCHD Brochure


Download the 2016 Photo Contest Entry Form and the Model Release Form.  Both forms must accompany the registration fees with along with the photos.

Anyone except those individuals involved in the administration of the contest may enter. All photos must be taken at the 2016 Waterford Balloonfest on 7/15/16 thru 7/17/16.

$3.00 per photo entered, limited to 10 entries per person.

Over 18 years of age and 10 to 17 years of age.

~ Entries must be unmounted & no frame is required.
~ 4x6 print with caption on bottom to tell the story. Can be typed into the bottom of photo or typed on paper and taped on bottom of print.
~ Drop off 4x6 print at Waterford Area Chamber office, 102 East Main Street, Waterford, WI 53185 by 8/1/16.
~ Can be color, sepia and black & white

Contest judging will be done and winners will be announce on 8/24/16.
NEW! People's Choice Award will be voted on by the public between August 2-23, 2016 at the Waterford Public Library,  101 North River Street, Waterford.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria; balloons ~ story telling ~ people ~ activities of the event

Over 18:
First Place Prize - $140 family portrait gift certificate by KK Photography, cash prize & photo will be used for future marketing as well as posted on Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's website and Facebook page.
Second Place Prize - Cash prize & photo listed on Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's website.
Third Place Prize - Cash prize & photo listed on Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's website.

17 and Under:
First Place Prize - Special photo session of winner's choice (fun photos with friends or Birthday Party Package) at KK Photography in Waterford, cash prize & photo will be used for future marketing as well as posted on Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's website and Facebook page.
Second Place Prize - Cash prizes & photo listed on Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's website.
Third Place Prize - Cash prize & photo listed on Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce's website.

All photos submitted will be on display at the Waterford Public Library from August 2 - 31, 2016. Each entry must be identified on the back with the following information: name, address, phone number, e-mail address. A digital file is required on a CD which can be submitted at time of payment and photo.

Photoshop or similar software may be used to crop an image or to adjust color or contrast. It may NOT be used to add or delete significant elements from the image.  A caption can be added to the bottom of the photo to tell the story.

Photographer retains the copyrights to photographs submitted to the contest, but grants permission to the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce to use them in future marketing. Photographic prints & CD's of digital file submitted to the contest, however, becomes the permanent property of the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce and will not be returned.

2015 Photo Contest Winner Under 18 2015 Photo Contest Winner Over 18

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Chamber office at:
(262) 534.5911 or chamber@waterford-wi.org.

Beautiful Waterford, Wisconsin is conveniently located approximately 30 minutes southwest of Milwaukee, 2 hours north of Chicago and 30 minutes west of Racine.

Thank you Signature Sponsors:


Runzheimer Foundation

Discover Wisconsin

Discover Wisconsin

Village of Waterford

Village of Waterford



Thank you Diamond Sponsors:


Thank you Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Community Sponsors and In Kind Donors:

Real Racine
Waterford Medical Clinic - Tethered Rides

Community State Bank
HyPro Incorporated
Witte Supply Company

North Shore Bank
Weather Tight Corporation

Educators Credit Union
Greil & Associates
Landmark Title of Racine, Inc.
Lauer Financial Services
River City Marina
Studio KR

Main Street Boutique

Thank you In Kind Donors:
John's Disposal

Grounds Map

Balloonfest Grounds Map Map courtesy of Mukwonago Publications

Event Photos

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Waterford Balloon Fest