Waterford Balloonfest

A Thank You From The Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce

5th Annual Waterford Balloonfest

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 5th Annual Balloonfest a success! We could not have made it happen without the support of sponsors, vendors, volunteers, attendees and committee members! Over $4,000 was raised for local non-profit charities. We appreciate the understanding we received when we had to cancel the remainder of the event later on Saturday due to weather. Everyone's safety is always first and foremost.

Thank you to all our volunteers!

Your countless hours of hard work truly made this year's Balloonfest another great event! We hope you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to working with you next year! We could not have done this without your help!

A Special THANK YOU to the Balloonfest Committee:

Don Castine, Baymont Inn & Suites - Co-Chair

Chuck Torosian, Bruno's Restaurant / River City Lanes Co-Chair

(In alphabetical order)
Lynn Bauman, Tichigan Lake Fireworks

Nick Borth, Community State Bank

Katy Engels, Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce

Steve Engels

Teri Eulgen, Community State Bank

Lt Dan Klatt, Racine County Sheriff's Office

Kathy Kohl, KK Photography

Connie Lelivelt, Next Step Life Coach

Jona Lestan

Jim Little, Minuteman Press Burlington

Suanne Riley, RE/MAX

Kathy Robers, Studio KR

Mike Scheffler

Susie Schuyler, Waterford Recreation Department

Cindi Schweitzer, Integrity Funeral Services

Jenifer Sustachek, Runzheimer International

Ken Walter, WindDancer Balloon Promotions

This year marked the fifth annual Waterford Balloonfest! More than a dozen balloonists from around the nation gathered for this genuinely unique event which is consistently growing in stature. The Waterford Balloonfest is one of about 100 festivals that balloon enthusiasts coast-to-coast know about, talk about, and vow to revisit each year.

Amateur Photo Contest Rules 2015

Download the 2015 Photo Contest Entry Form

Anyone except those individuals involved in the administration of the contest may enter. All photos must be taken at the 2015 Waterford Balloonfest on 7/17/15 thru 7/19/15.

$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 framed 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 Chamber office, 102 East Main Street, Waterford, WI 53185 by 8/1/15.
~ Can be color, sepia and black & white

Contest judging will be done and winners will be called by 8/13/15.

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

Over 18:
First Prize - $140.00 family portrait gift certificate by KK Photography. Cash prize & photo will be used for following year marketing. Will be posted on Waterford Chamber website and Facebook page.
Second prize - Cash prizes & photo listed on Waterford Chamber of Commerce website.
Under 18:
First prize - $169.00 (max) Free night stay from Baymont Inn, includes pool area for family gathering. Cash prize & photo will be used for following year marketing. Will be posted on Waterford Chamber website and Facebook page.
Second prize - Cash prizes & photo listed on Waterford Chamber of Commerce website.

All photos submitted will be on display at the Chamber office. Each entry must be identified on the back with the following information: name, address, phone number, email address. A digital file is required on a cd or emailed to chambermarketing@tds.net by 8/1/15 at 4:00 pm.

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. Other than 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 Chamber of Commerce to use them in marketing of the follow year event. Photographic prints & CD's of digital file submitted to the contest, however, becomes the permanent property of the Waterford Chamber of Commerce and will not be returned.

2014 Photo Contest Winner Over 18 2014 Photo Contest Winner Under 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:

Discover Wisconsin


Discover Wisconsin

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

Village of Waterford


Village of Waterford

The Village of Waterford has been a strong supporter of Balloonfest. We appreciate their continued collaboration with the Chamber.

Thank you Diamond Sponsors:




Edstrom is a great supporter of the community and has worked with the Chamber on numerous events.

Runzheimer International


Runzheimer International

Since 2000, the Runzheimer Foundation has supported over 400 organizations and events that fall within their core areas. They have a long standing tradition of giving back to the community.

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

Baymont Inn & Suites

Bielinski Homes Inc.

Bruno's Restaurant

Browns Lake Golf Course

Champion Windows

Crescendo Graphics

Dawes Trucking

Great Clips - Waterford


Johns Disposal

Kaye Brothers Amusements

Lavelle Industries

Michele Jones

Minuteman Press - Burlington

Next Step Life Coach

North Shore Bank

Otter Sales & Service


Ray Alderman & Sons


Real Racine

Richter's Marketplace

River City Auto Body

River City Lanes

Rock Shop Bands

Skyline Landscape Design


Studio KR

Subway Waterford


The Equitable Bank

Town Of Waterford Police Department

Waterford Automotive

Waterford DPW

Waterford Fire & Rescue

Waterford Graded School District

Waterford Oil

Waterford Union High School

Witte Supply Company

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