Waterford Balloonfest

5th Annual Waterford Balloonfest

On the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School:
817 W. Main Street
Waterford, WI 53185



As of 7:00am... It's been determined that it's too windy for any more flights today. Event has ended. See you next year!

Friday, July 17: 4pm - 9pm
Saturday, July 18: Sunrise (around 5:30am) - 9pm*
Sunday, July 19: Sunrise (around 5:30am) - 10am*

Absolutely no smoking, alcohol, bikes, skateboards or animals on school grounds! Service animals are welcome.

School and designated parking lot fees are $5 - $10 per vehicle.
Fox River Middle School is reserved for handicapped licensed vehicles and motorcycle parking which are both $5/vehicle.
Street parking is limited but available within walking distance to the festival grounds.

Volunteer Form

Balloonfest Sponsorship Form | Arts & Crafts Vendor App | Antique Vendor App

Business Vendor AppVendor Map

Food Vendor Application | Food Vendor Cover Letter | Food Vendor Service Guidelines

CRCHD Temporary Permit


This year marks the fifth annual Waterford Balloonfest! More than a dozen balloonists from around the nation gather 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. There is no entrance fee for the Waterford Balloonfest so bring your family and friends to enjoy the event with you! 

We will bring back our classic evening balloon glows for Friday and Saturday evenings. These evening glows are a visitor favorite! New this year, we will be introducing our balloonist flight competitions which will highlight the Balloonists' amazing flying skills.

Craft and business vendors will show their wares and provide information on their businesses. Local food establishments will be on the grounds providing food, beverages, and delectable dessert. A kids' area will have games, activities, and entertainment to keep the little ones busy! Don't miss our other attractions like the 5K run/walk, helicopter rides, and much more!

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

Stage - Entertainment
Friday, July 17
5pm - 8pm - Back to Maryland

Saturday, July 18
Brought to you by Rock Shop Bands
11am - Sonic Dreams
12Noon - In the Know
1pm - White Knuckles
2pm - Audiophilia
3pm - Macyn Taylor
4pm - Waterford Alumni Jazz Band
5pm - Kays Dance Academy / Air Guitar Contest
6pm - Break
7pm - Northern Haunts
7:45pm - Savanah Schraeder

Schedule of Events

Balloon Information

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.  
*Tethered rides are cancelled for Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

*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 will make a determination concerning the weather.

Pancake Breakfast
6am - 11am Sturday, July 18th - Near the Pavilion between Evergreen Elementary and Fox River Middle Schools
3 pancakes, 3 sausages and drink (coffee, milk or juice) Fruit cup available at an additional fee.
3 and under FREE
4 - 12 years old $5
13 years - adult $6
Buy tickets on Saturday morning at the tent.

Arts and Crafts Vendors 
The application for becoming a Balloonfest Arts and Crafts Vendor is now available! Please fill out the application and return it to the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce office by July 3rd. Click here to view the 2015 Balloonfest Vendor Map.

"Morning Launch" 5K Run/Walk

To Register scan this code:
5K Run / Walk Registration
or click here
fter 7/13/2015 please sign-up the morning of the event at the school pavilion between Evergreen and Fox River schools near the circle drive.

Click here for the 2015 Race Results

Amateur Photo Contest Rules 2015
Charge up your batteries and get ready to take your best shot!!

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.

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

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




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.

Grounds Map

view program schedule
and larger grounds map

Balloonfest Grounds Map

Map courtesy of Mukwonago Publications
A division of Journal Media Group

Friday Night Entertainment

Back to Maryland

Back to Maryland

You will really enjoy this old school R&B / Motown band from Racine playing from 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Event Photos

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Waterford Balloon Fest