About Balloon Fest – A Hot Air Affair

The second annual Champaign County Balloon Fest - A Hot Air Affair will be held Oct. 4-5, 2019 at the historic Grimes Field Airport in Urbana. Included will be children's games and activities, music, food trucks, and assorted vendors. The Champaign Aviation Museum will be open, the Grimes Flying Lab and a B-25 will be displayed. The Grimes Flying Lab - built in 1952 by Grimes Mfg., was used by engineers to test and evaluate aircraft exterior lighting systems during flight. This is a must see! In addition to the food trucks, the Airport Cafe will be open serving a full menu and the famous "Airport Pie"! The balloons will launch at 6:00 pm followed by a pizza or wings eating contest. Closing the evening will be the balloon glow at approximately 7:30 pm - an awesome display of light and color! All balloon activities are subject to wind conditions at the time of launch and glow.

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