Poteau Balloon Fest

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Poteau Balloon Fest

October 18th & 19th, 2019

 

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Balloon Fest Presenting Sponsors

           

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 speed 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. 

WELCOME
We would like to thank you for your interest in the 2019 Poteau Balloon Fest!

DATE, TIMES & VENUE
The dates for the 2019 Poteau Balloon Fest are Friday, October 18, 2019 and Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Friday, October 18, 2019 the gates will open at 12:00 pm to the public and will close at 11:00 pm. Saturday, October 19, 2019 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.  We are offering a special Pre-Purchase Family Package for $20 which includes 5 armbands. When using Debit or Credit Card there will be a 5% fee per transaction.

The following shows and attractions are NOT included with gate admission armband 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 - Thursday night only, there is no parking or gate admission fee and the carnival offers a $20 armband. On Friday from 7p - 11p & Saturday from 6p - 10p the carnival is offering a $25 armband, but on-site parking and gate admission armbands are required. Pony Rides are $5 per rider. Tethered balloon rides are $10 per person with age, height and weight restriction. For individuals inquiring about Tethered rides, participants MUST be tall enough to see over the basket (approximately 4 feet). 

Armband sales begin August 1, 2019 for $5 each. We are offering a special Pre-Purchase Family Package for $20, this includes 5 armbands for gate admission and must be purchased before  Friday, October 18th at 5pm. To purchase armbands in advance, please call 918-647-9178. 


If using Debit or Credit Card there will be a 5% fee per transaction.

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.  New events this year at the 2019 Poteau Balloon Fest will include on Friday and Saturday enjoy Great American Kits throughout the day and Juggle Whatever in the evening. Saturday Big Fox Run ATV/ UTV Racing, Pumpkin Mud Run and Belly Flop,  Lttle Miss & Mrs. Balloon Fest Pageant and Pet Contest. Saturday Night only Midgets with Attitude Midget Wrestling!

For a timeline of events click here.

Other Forms

Other Forms

Little Mr. & Mrs. Balloon Fest Pageant Form

Pet Contest Form

Pumpkin Mud Run Form

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

Parking

Parking

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 2019 Festival are below:

FOOD VENDOR (LIMITED)

NON-FOOD VENDOR (INCLUDES POLITICAL, BUSINESS, ARTS & CRAFTS)

RIDE & ATTRACTION

NON-PROFIT & CHAMBER MEMBERS

Volunteer Info

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 2018 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 Fest Sponsorship Form

Presenting Sponsorship Form

Thank you to the sponsors for the 2018 Balloon Fest!

Presenting Event Sponsors

Choctaw Casino & Resort & JaMatt RV/Camping World

 

Balloon Sponsors

Adams Abstract, Arvest Bank, Barber and Barber, P.C. Attorneys at Law, Central National Bank, Dobson Technologies, Edward Jones Investments, First National Bank, Job Construction, The Purple Plume, Life Share of Oklahoma, Mahindra of Oklahoma, Oklahoma AgCredit, P&K Equipment, Regal Car Sales and Credit, Riverside Autoplex of Poteau, Russll Cellular Corporate, Troy Dyer for State Representative, Well Completions, LLC, AARC Towing, Times Record


Balloon Area Sponsors
Felix Thompson Company, OG&E, Reed Williams Insurance Company, Roberta's Cafe, State Farm - James T. Smith, Poteau Daily News


Propane Sponsor

Centergas


Exclusive Media Sponsors

5News

 

Balloon Glow Sponsors

AES, Bravado Wireless and Kinetic

 

Great American Kites Sponsors

Lavon Williams Asset & Investment Advisers, Brenda Cockburn for County Assessor, Casey's General Store, Century 12 Homestead Realty - Amy Hall, Don's E-Z Pay, EOMC, Eddie Martin for State Senate, Health & Wellness Center, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Poteau, Kay Sullivan Real Estate, KTC, Poteau Tag, Poteau Valley Veterinary Hospital, Premier Outdoor Equipment, Scarbrough's Enterprises, LLC, Shockley's Auto Sales, Southeastern Ice, Terry L. Amend, Attorney, Watson Motors

 

Big Fox Run ATV/ UTV Sponsors

Advantage Home Health & Hospice, Anytime Fitness, Car-Mart, Tote-A-Poke, Belle Point Beverage, AOG, Jensen's Express Lube, Shady Point Body Shop, T-Wrecks Towing, New Ride, KTC, Poteau Tag, LeFlore County Veterinary Clinic

 

Hospitality Sponsors

LCDC and Coca-Cola

 

Midgets with Attitude Sponsors

Geno's Pizza, Smart-Mart, SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western, Northside Liquor, State Farm - John Hamilton, Senator Mark Allen, Watson Motors, United Country Real Estate, The Community State Bank, McConnell's Flooring


Juggle Whatever Sponsors
Brian E. Roberts, CPA, PC, Bud's Country Junction, Hammond Family Dental, La Huearta's Mexican Restaurant, Maria's Mexican Restaurant, Ricky Belt Trucking, Ted N. Kondos, DDS, Rock Producers

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