Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival

817 W. Main Street, Waterford, WI 53185

Welcome to the annual Waterford Balloon Festival - set to launch July 18 - 20, 2014. Attend this family - friendly event to experience a magical weekend of color in the skies, kids' activities, delicious food, craft / vendor fair and much, much more! Click here for Balloon Educational Information from Balloon Meister Ken Walter!

We are now accepting applications for business vendors and crafters! Completed applications can either be mailed, emailed, or dropped off in person to the chamber office. 2014 applications are available for your convenience here:
Business Vendor Application
Crafter Application
Food Guidelines & Application

Sponsorship Information

Various levels of sponsorship are available! This is a fantastic way to help support this event, and gain exposure to thousands of visitors! If you would like more information on becomming a sponsor, please contact the chamber office!

Lodging Information


Admission to the Festival grounds is Free. Parking fees are $5 per car at Evergreen, Fox River Middle School, Woodfield Elementary, and Waterford Union High School. Part of the proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations.


Parking fees are $5.00 per car. Paid parking lots are available off Hwy 20/83 at the Main Entrance of Evergreen School Grounds, Waterford Union High School lots and the Bielinski lot 1ocated off Hwy 20 next to the Cotton Exchange. Handicap parking is located In the main lot of Evergreen Elementary School. No parking on the grass at any location. Violators will be ticketed and towed. There is also ample parking on public streets surrounding the festival.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Platinum Sponsors get a ride for 2 people. Gold Sponsors get a ride for 1 person.
There are no tethered rides this year.

Say Cheese to Charity

Get your picture taken in a balloon basket and receive your photo for $5. Pictures will be taken by KK Photography and printed while you wait. All proceeds will be donated to our local food pantry at Community United Methodist Church.

Schedule of Activities


New For 2014 -

  • Professional, Amateur, & Fun kite flying
  • 5K "Morning Launch" run
  • Bingo

Watch the signs at the event for more exciting things to do!!

Amateur Photo Contest - Charge up your batteries and get ready to take your best shot!!
An amateur photographer is an individual that does not derive income from photography.
     Age Groups: 10-18, and over 18 years of age

  • A. Balloons - any picture of a hot air balloon(s) at the Festival in flight, or at the glow, and etc.
  • B. Activities -  anything other than the balloons at the Festival of himan interest; i.e. games, punt,pass,kick, crowds of people, bands, and etc.

Be Creative!
Balloon Fest Photo Contest Info

Pictures should be mounted on a heavy 4 x 6 cardboard with either rubber cement or double sided tape. Each picture must have a caption attached below the photo depicting a story related to the 2014 Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival. The back of the photo must have the Age Group (1 or 2), Category (A or B), name, address, e-mail, telephone number, and age. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place cash winners for each age/category and one grand champion prize!

Photos will be judged on the basis of technical quality, composition and story-telling ability.

Entries may be mailed or dropped off at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce office or in our drop box at 102 E Main St, Waterford, WI, 53185. Photos must include a signed entry form and payment. (Checks can made payable to WACC). Entry forms may also be picked up at the Chamber office, or the Balloon Festival Chamber Booth. Entries will be disqualified without a signed entry form or payment. Entry deadline is Noon on the second Friday after the festival at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. Winners will be notified within 30 days.

The WACC reserves the right to use said photos in any way in order to promote the Balloon Festival and/or Waterford, WI.

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.

Please Support these Event Sponsors

Discover Wisconsin


Discover Wisconsin

Discover Wisconsin has been a great marketing partner for the Waterford Balloon Fest.

Village of Waterford


Village of Waterford

It is the mission of the Village Board of Trustees to deliver open and accessible governance to the Village of Waterford

Runzheimer International


Runzheimer Foundation

The Runzheimer Foundation is the philanthropy division of Runzheimer International. They support numerous community events and non-profits.

Edstrom Industries


Edstrom Industries

Edstrom designs and manufactures product solutions that improve efficiencies in various markets throughout the world including pharmaceutical, agricultural and more.

HyPro Incorporated


HyPro Incorporated

HyPro Incorporated is a native Waterford company providing precision machined components for the heavy equipment and agricultural industries.

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Waterford Balloon Fest