Waterford Balloonfest

5th Annual Waterford Balloonfest

FRIDAY, JULY 17 - SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015
On the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School:
817 W. Main Street
Waterford, WI 53185


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.

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!

Schedule of Events

Balloon Information

Balloon rides during the event are available for certain sponsorship levels. Others interested in balloon rides at the event will need to contact our balloonist, Ken Walter with Winddancer Balloon Promotions, at (262) 522-6675 or aballoonride@gmail.com.

*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.

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


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

ELIGIBILITY:
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.

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

PHOTOGRAPHIC CATEGORIES:
Over 18 years of age and 10 to 17 years of age.

REQUIREMENTS:
~ 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

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

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

PRIZES:
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.

PLEASE OBSERVE THESE GUIDELINES:
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 WINNERS
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

www.discoverwisconsin.com

Discover Wisconsin

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


Village of Waterford

waterfordwi.org

Village of Waterford

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


Edstrom

www.edstrom.com

Edstrom

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


Runzheimer International

www.runzheimerfoundation.org

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

view photo gallery

Waterford Balloon Fest