National Balloon Classic


Channel 13 invites you to this central Iowa tradition!

2014 National Balloon Classic
Friday, July 25 through Saturday, August 2
in Indianola

Enjoy spectacular sights, sounds, and tastes at the National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field. Live music, unique food vendors, and Kids Land activities are just the start. The stars of the show are the nearly 100 hot air balloons from across the country that come to Indianola to compete for points, prizes, and Championship titles.

Nothing compares to the excitement of Mass Ascension as dozens of balloons including Special Shapes, secure their place on the launch field and ready themselves to take flight. After dark, these colossal beauties re-inflate and light up the night during the much-anticipated Nite Glow Extravaganza.

Morning balloon flights are scheduled for 6:30am and evening flights at 6:30pm. Balloon flights are extremely weather sensitive so stay tuned to Channel 13 News and Newsradio 1040 WHO for daily balloon flight updates.

General Information: 

Balloon Field, 15335 Jewell Street (East of Indianola)


Morning Competition Flights FREE
Evening Flights/Entertainment Adults: $5
Kids 12 and under: FREE

Dawn Patrol:
NEW FOR 2014! It’s a Dawn of a New Day and the first ever for the National Balloon Classic! July 27, July 30, and August 2 (weather permitting) rise and shine extra early and be at the balloon field before Dawn Patrol launches at 5:15am. Several balloons will launch in the dark. When they fly, these graceful beauties look like giant colorful lanterns floating through the air. This has never been seen in the Midwest and we’re very excited about bringing it to the National Balloon Classic this year. After Dawn Patrol, stick around for our regularly scheduled morning competition flight. TWO incredible shows. Come see why we say that mornings at the balloon field are our best kept secret.  Admission to the field is FREE for the Dawn Patrol!


Wacky Classic Parade Food Vendors
Nite Glow Extravaganza Kids Land with Inflatables, Carnival Games & more
Fantastic Firework Display Balloon Challenge 5K Cross Country Race
Live Music
For more information, visit the National Balloon Classic website.

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 25:
6:00 p.m.  LIVE on the Classic Stage! Tony Bohnenkamp Band
6:30 p.m.  Balloon Flight – Tip the Outhouse sponsored by Jim’s Johns

Saturday, July 26:
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Indianola Chamber of Commerce Open Air Market (Indianola City Square)

11:00 a.m.  Wacky Classic Parade (Indianola City Square)

1:00 p.m. Balloon Queen Crowning (Indianola City Square)

5:30 p.m.  Opening Ceremonies

6:00 p.m.  LIVE on the Classic Stage! The Nadas

6:30 p.m.  OPEN THE SKIES Mass Ascension Balloon Flight

Sunday, July 27
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Induction
National Balloon Museum

6:00 p.m. LIVE on the Classic Stage! Final Mix

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dusk   Nite Glow Extravaganza

Monday, July 28
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

6:00 p.m. LIVE on the Classic Stage! Gimikk

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Tuesday, July 29
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

6:00 p.m.  LIVE on the Classic Stage! Monday Mourners

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Wednesday, July 30
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

6:00 p.m. LIVE on the Classic Stage! Past Vertical

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dusk   Fire in the Sky – Midwest’s Largest Nite Glow

Thursday, July 31
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

6:00 p.m.  LIVE on the Classic Stage! The Rumley Brothers

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Friday, August 1
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

6:00 p.m. LIVE on the Classic Stage! James Biehn Band

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Saturday, August 2
6:30 a.m. Balloon Flight/Competition

8:30 a.m. Balloon Challenge 5k Race

6:00 p.m. LIVE on the Classic Stage!
Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band

6:30 p.m. Balloon Flight

Dark  Fantastic Fireworks

DO’s & DON’T’s

  • Do not bring pets to the Classic. We will not allow them into the spectator area
  • Do not bring food or beverages as we have food/beverage vendors selling those items at the Classic
  • Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets to use for viewing the event