Poteau Balloon Fest

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Poteau Balloon Fest

October 19th & 20th, 2018

Poteau Balloon Fest

Named #3 in the Top 40 Things to do in Oklahoma in 2014 by OKIESCENTRIC magazine.

Please note that all balloon events are wind and weather permitting!  Any and all balloon flights are most likely to occur between the hours of 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.  However, they are not guaranteed during these times.  The atmospheric pressure and wind speeds plays a huge factor in balloon activities.  WE CANNOT GUARANTEE BALLOON ACTIVITIES and we CANNOT give specific times for balloon activities. This event is non-refundable. 

We would like to thank you for your interest in the 2018 Poteau Balloon Fest!

The dates for the 2018 Poteau Balloon Fest are Friday, October 19, 2018 and Saturday, October 20, 2018.  Friday, October 19, 2018 the gates will open at 11:00 am to the public and will close at 11:00 pm. Saturday, October 20, 2017 the gates will open at 9:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.

The Poteau Balloon Fest will again be held at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds, 5015 S. Broadway, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953 (See map below.)

    Ticket Information

    Ticket Information

    Admission Prices

    Festival Admission:
    Admission is required for ages 4 & over.  Gate admission is $5 per person plus a $0.25 service charge when using a card (debit or credit cards there is a minimum of 3 armbands). We are offering a special Pre-Purchase Family Package for $20 plus $1.00 service charge when using a card, this includes 6 armbands.

    Armbands are good for Friday & Saturday. 

    The following shows and attractions are NOT included with gate admission and require a separate fee: Helicopter Rides, Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides, Tethered Balloon Rides, Carnival Rides, Pony Rides, any other ride attractions.

    Tickets for all ride attractions cannot be purchased in advance and are purchased from individual vendors or attraction operators.  We do not set or control pricing on ride attractions. Pricing for previous years is as follows: helicopter rides-$40 per person; Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides-$10 per person; Carnival Rides - The Carnival has offered Family Night on Thursday, October 19th  with $15 armband (FREE gate admission & FREE parking), a $25 armband on Friday night from 7pm - 11pm. Individual tickets for rides have been sold for $1 each and each ride takes 3-5 tickets.  Pony Rides are $5 per rider. Tethered balloon rides are $10 per person with a age, height and weight restriction. For individuals inquiring about Tethered rides, participants MUST be tall enough to see over the basket (approximately 4 feet).

    Armbands sales begin August 1, 2017.  To purchase armbands in advance, please call 918-647-9178. They will be sold for $5 each plus a $0.25 service charge when using a card (debit and credit cards require a minimum purchase of $15 plus a $0.75 service charge when using a card for 3 armbands). We are offering a special Pre-Purchase Family Package for $20 plus a $1.00 service charge when using a card, this includes 6 armbands.

    Featured Events

      Event Information

      Event Information

      Each year the Poteau Balloon Fest offers various events that give festival goers plenty to see and do. Most of these events are included with gate admission and some include an extra cost.  We do however try to keep costs as low as we can.  Larger event this year at the 2017 Poteau Balloon Fest  will include on Friday and Saturday, Cockrill's Critters, a full petting zoo FREE to the public allowing 15 people to go through the petting zoo at a time. The petting zoo features Rudy Roo Roo the Kangaroo and a selfie loving camel and monkeys.  Also join us in the mud pit area Friday Night for the 4th Annual Twin Cities Redi Mix BurnOut Competition, Big Fox Mud Run ATV/UTV Mud Race and the Pumpkin Mud Run and Belly Flop Contest. Saturday join us for the Annual Big Fox Mud Run, the Little Miss & Mr. Balloon Fest Pageant, and Pet Contests. With much more in between from, Carnival Rides, K9 Dog Demonstrations, and EMS's "Take 10 for CPR."

      For a timeline of events click here.

        Visiting Us

        Visiting Us

        Please visit our member directory to find a list of restaurants, hotel and motels, rv parks or campgrounds that are Chamber members!

        LeFlore County Fair Grounds



          Free parking is available at Carl Albert State College parking lot.  FREE shuttle buses are also available to transport to and from the Balloon Festival. Pick Up & Drop Off for all shuttle buses is at the Main Gate. 

          Parking on the Main Grounds is $5 per vehicle includes buses, handicap and motorcycle.  If you leave and return, you will have to pay again to park on the main grounds. 

            Vendor Information

            Vendor Information

            The Poteau Balloon Fest is quickly becoming one of the most sought out events  for vendors in the State of Oklahoma. Vendor space at our festival is limited!  All vendors are accepted on a first paid basis.  You must send in full payment and deposits with your completed application.  No special treatment is given to any vendor, local or non-local, first time or returning.  All payments must be made payable to Poteau Balloon Fest.

            Vendor forms for the 2017 Festival are below:



            RIDE & ATTRACTION


              Volunteer Information

              Volunteer Information

              Here at the Poteau Chamber, we know from experience with any event, especially one of this size, it takes a number of people to help pull it off and make it a successful event.  All of our volunteers receive a Poteau Balloon Fest volunteer shirt and free gate admission.  Volunteers can sign up online or by calling the Poteau Chamber at 918-647-9178.

              Our volunteers are the heart of our community and are greatly appreciated for the time that they put in.  We ask that you remember that those working this event are volunteers. Please treat them with respect.  Each year we also ask for nominations for a "Balloon Fest Volunteer of the Year".  If one of our volunteers went above and beyond, please find out their name and let us know how they helped you by emailing us or contacting us at the Chamber Information tent located near the front gate. 

              SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!

              To view the Volunteer Handbook click here
              To view the volunteer training click here

                Sponsor Information

                Sponsor Information

                The Poteau Balloon Fest brings over 20,000 people to our area each year.   To hold such a large event successfully takes the work and involvement of many within our community.  We would like to thank our many sponsors for their continued support and investment.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2017 Poteau Balloon Fest you may obtain a form below or by contacting us at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

                Sponsorship is open to any business or vendor.  

                Balloon Sponsorship Form

                Presenting Sponsorship Form

                Thank you to the sponsors for the 2016 Balloon Fest!

                Presenting Event Sponsors

                Choctaw Casino & Hotel, Jamatt RV Sales & Service, Riverside Autoplex and Dunn Country


                Balloon Sponsors

                Spider Webb  Farm Implements, Central National Bank, JOB & The Purple Plume, Allstate Termite & Pest Control, Arvest Bank, Times Record, Dobson Technologies, First National Bank, Adams Abstract Co., Edward Jones, Remax Champion Landbrokers, Regal Car Sales


                Balloon Glow Sponsors

                AES and OG&E

                Platinum Sponsor

                Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center

                Cockrill's Critters Exotic Petting Zoo

                Poteau Tag Agency, Beall Barclay & Co. PLC, Watson Motors, Kay Sullivan Real Estate, Senator Mark Allen, Windstream, Terry Amend Law Firm, Poteau Valley Veterinary Hospital, Scarborough Excavation, and Advantage Home Health & Hospice


                Rumble on the River

                C. Ryburn Construction, Shady Point Body Shop, Terrific Trips by Melissa, Lahuertas/ Marias, Rexel Electric, Kiamichi Technology Center, AOG, JNB Tire & Auto, Brian E Roberts CPA, PC, Tote-A-Poke, American Termite and Pest


                LJ Jenkins Bull Riding

                Warren Cat, Belle Point Beverage, Orr Autopark, Felix Thompson Co., The Community State Bank, Bud's Country Junction, Car Mart, State Farm - James T. Smith Agency, Asset and Investment Advisors, LeFlore County Vet Clinic, Kiamichi Technology Center, Rick West for State Representative Dist. 3, Health and Wellness Center, Reed Williams Insurance Agency, and Rock Productions


                Hospitality Sponsor



                Derek Cook FMX

                Watson Motors, Smart Mart, Best Western, Crane Hyundai, The Community State Bank, Rickey Belt Trucking, American Termite and Pest, and McConnell's Flooring

                America's Best Flying Frisbee Dogs

                United Country Mixon Realty, Wolf Ridge Country Club, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, State Farm - John Hamilton Agency, Heavener Animal Clinic, American Termite & Pest, and Shanahan Finance



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