Big Country Balloon Fest Abilene

Big Country Balloon Fest Abilene We are a non-profit organization that brings out the best in kids!!
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In 1994 the Abilene Unlimited Optimist Club started the Big Country Balloon Fest as our annual fundraiser. We use these funds to help children in the Big Country in several different ways. Every year it gets bigger and better. It is held at Redbud Park the last weekend in September each year. The first year there was a grand total of 9 balloons. Our Balloonmeister was a local pilot, Johnny Lewis, who volunteered many hours to help get us started. Mr. Lewis is a commercial pilot who has taken his knowledge of ballooning to the highest levels. He built his first hot-air balloon as a child and has since been featured on television shows and movies in the USA and internationally. He is well respected in the ballooning community for his knowledge of the sport. From the third year to present, Glen Moyer has been the Balloonmeister for the event. Mr. Moyer helped organize the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta many years ago. When approached about helping with our event, he gladly volunteered, as he is an avid supporter for children’s programs as well. His is the editor of the Balloon Federation of America publications, including the Ballooning Magazine and the Skylines FBA publication for hot-air balloon pilots. He reduces his fee considerably to help us with our fund-raiser and we are very fortunate to have such a prestigious figure at the helm of our event. Many pilots attend our fest on their way to the Albuquerque Fiesta the following weekend. We have had several special shape balloons in the past including “Let’s Quack”, “Blue Azul”, “Energizer Hot Hair Balloon” (the world’s largest hot air balloon), “Humpty Dumpty”. “Noah’s Art” and more. In 2006 we incorporated a kite show with the Austin End of the Line Kite Team. This has been an exciting addition to our festival. The event has evolved over the years to much more than just the hot-air balloon show. There is a children’s area where games are set up, local entertainment and bands brought in, air castles, a silent auction, arts and crafts, and lots and lots of food! There is a balloon “glow” Friday and Saturday night. If you’ve never seen one, you won’t want to miss it. The night is lit up with all the colors of the hot-air balloons! There is no admission fee (although donations are appreciated) so families can come out for a fun-filled night of entertainment. The event attracts over 25,000 people according to the Abilene Police Department. This event has been featured on not only local news media, but also CNN, The Weather Channel, Austin and Dallas area newspapers, Texas Travel Magazines, the Electric Co-op Magazine, AAA and in Southern Living Magazine.

03/13/2020

Over the last 6 years we have had some unfortunate weather that made our event unprofitable 3 of those years. As Optimist we pushed thru to YEAR 25! We have absolutely loved hosting this family fun event for our wonderful Big Country. All of us are volunteers and the profit has always gone for support of our youth in the Big Country in numerous ways including scholarships. We have been extremely grateful for our sponsors and the support of those of you have come out to the event. It takes about $25,000 to put on this event before we ever start the event. Money that can not be replaced if something happens were the event can not take place. This is the best explanation we can give to try to help you understand our decision. We pray and believe the virus will not be an issue by September, however, planning and money has to be promised way before that time. We do not have the funds to lose if the event needed to be cancelled closer to September. Thank you for understanding.

Due to the uncertainty of this and the amount of time and money that it takes to host the BCBF we are regretfully making the decision to cancel the Balloonfest for 2020.

03/09/2020
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11/03/2019

I have a few Balloonfest shirts from this year available $10

Our 2019 Car Show
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Our 2019 Car Show

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We are set up for the Car Show! Vendors are starting to open up. Inflatable are going up, come on out and have some fun!
09/28/2019

We are set up for the Car Show! Vendors are starting to open up. Inflatable are going up, come on out and have some fun!

One of our Balloons doing a cold inflate!
09/28/2019

One of our Balloons doing a cold inflate!

This is what the inside of the balloon looks like. Come out and see us today!
09/28/2019

This is what the inside of the balloon looks like. Come out and see us today!

09/28/2019
09/28/2019

Come on out! We have a couple trying to set up. We will see what this weather does! But we have lots of other activities going on today! Car Show Registration starts at 10 am!

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Out here this morning!

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Big Country Balloon Fest Abilene

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09/27/2019

It's to windy and hot to fly this evening. But we have live entertainment going, all our food and craft vendors are open, Bouncy Castles are up and going, May Farm is here, the rock wall, knocker balls, and many other activities - come on out and have some good family fun!

09/27/2019

Well, it's to windy this morning to fly. 🙁
We have the media out this morning talking with a pilot or two. Vendors are getting set up. Looking forward to everyone coming out this afternoon to have some good family fun!

09/27/2019

The Balloon Fest starts in the morning with the Media flight after sunrise - weather permitting. Bouncy castles, games, vendors, train rides etc will start in the afternoon, afternoon flight, and glow - Friday September 27th.
Then it will all start again about sunrise Saturday. The Car Show Registration will start about 10 a.m. Saturday. Then the event will continue Saturday evening. We look to finish the event Sun morning.

Bouncy castles, vendors, balloons and entertainment start Friday afternoon and will continue on Saturday. The Car Show w...
09/26/2019

Bouncy castles, vendors, balloons and entertainment start Friday afternoon and will continue on Saturday. The Car Show will start at 10 am Saturday. We hope to see everyone come out and have some fun!

Old sears parking lot free bus ride to festival!!!!
09/25/2019

Old sears parking lot free bus ride to festival!!!!

It's getting closer! This weekend is our 25th Annual Big Country Balloon Fest! We are looking forward to seeing everyone...
09/25/2019

It's getting closer! This weekend is our 25th Annual Big Country Balloon Fest! We are looking forward to seeing everyone there! Redbud Park Abilene, TX
September 27-29, 2019
Lots of free family fun!
Bouncey castles, food and craft vendors, petting zoo, Car Show, and so much more! Of course Hot Air Balloons as well!

Schedule
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Schedule

09/23/2019

Recent rumors have started our balloonfest is sponsored by Optimist Club Unlimited of Abilene we benefit big country youth in many ways! We are a very small but mighty club yes we need volunteers even members but we will do our best to continue balloonfest for our big country!

09/20/2019

If you planning on being part of farmers market please contact me MIchelle 260-5954

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Redbud Park, 3125 S 32nd
Abilene, TX
79605

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Anyone know if the event is still going on tonight? I checked out the park and there are two tents up, but that’s it?
When is the next glow and what time?
Does anyone know if the balloons are flying this morning
What time do the balloons fly
How can I find a schedule of the events?
Do you have the dates of the Big Country Balloon Fest in Abilene for 2018? Thank you.
Are the balloons flying all throughout the day? When are the bands playing? What does it cost for train rides & pony rides? TIA 😊
How much is it for a ride
Come see us! We have live music!
Do we have to reserve a spot to be able to ride??
I really wish i could be there this year………