Interested in a balloon ride? Raffle tickets are on sale ($10 each) the Fort Madison
Partners’ office, Hy-Vee in Fort Madison, and MidwestOne Bank. Call 319-372-5471
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The 10th Annual Balloons over the Mississippi will be held Friday July 20and Saturday
July 21,2012 and planning of the festival is well underway. The Balloon committee
announces this years event will be bigger and better and in a new location at Rodeo
Park in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Because of the sensitive nature of ballooning, weather conditions play a vital role
in determining whether a balloon can take off or not. If the conditions are not just
right, the balloonists have to make last minute launch location changes and hurriedly
pack up and take off to a more suitable location to launch, causing confusion to
The event will take place at Scenic Drive in Rodeo Park. It lends itself nicely for
handicap parking and a secure area for children and their families to enjoy the event
without concern for traffic; along with providing shade during the hottest part of
the Midwest summers.
This year’s event will include live music on both Friday and Saturday nights, a beer
garden, the fantastic traditional “Balloon Glows” each night, food vendors, and so
much more. In addition to the fun festivities the event will feature mass balloon
launches and competitive balloon races not to mention the fabulous firework display
following Saturday’s balloon glow.