Poteau Balloon Fest

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Poteau Balloon Fest

OCTOBER 16 & 17, 2015

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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 2015 Poteau Balloon Fest!

The dates for the 2015 Poteau Balloon Fest are Friday, October 16, 2015 and Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Friday, October 16, 2015 the gates will open at 12:00 pm to the public and will close at 11:00 pm. Saturday, October 17, 2015 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.  
    Advance Armbands: If armbands are purchased in advance at the Poteau Chamber they are $3 per person (debit or credit cards there is a minimum of 3 armbands) .  If purchased online, they are $4 advance with a minimum of 3 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, any other ride attractions  or the Saturday Night LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Finals. 

    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-$35 per person; Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides-$10 per person; Carnival Rides - The Carnival has offered a $15 armband on Thursday night (no gate admission required), a $20 armband on Friday night from 7pm - 11pm. Individual tickets for rides have been sold for $3 each and each ride takes 1 - 2 tickets.  Tickets are also sold 10 for $25.  Tethered balloon rides- $10 per person with a age, height and weight restriction. 

    Purchase armbands online

      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. 


      To view the Volunteer Handbook click here
      To view the volunteer training 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 and the Industrial Park 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.  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.

            You may download the applicable vendor forms below:

            Commercial Business Political NonFood

            Food, Drink & Concession

            Non Profit & Chamber Members

            Ride & Attractions

              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 2015 Poteau Balloon Fest you may obtain a form below or by contacting us at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

              Balloon Sponsor 

              Event Sponsor

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