Voted Wausau’s Favorite Event five years running, the Balloon & Rib Fest has something for everyone. Don’t believe us? We’ve got: Hot air balloons, 6 Rib Vendors, kites, animals, bounce houses, fantastic food, and the LARGEST fireworks show in the region.
The fun starts on Thursday, July 7 and runs through Sunday, July 10 in 2016!
Don't forget to sign up for the Balloon Chase 5K Run/Walk! More details HERE
Interested in becoming a sponsor in 2016? Click below for opportunities!
If the weather is favorable for the hot air balloons, launches/glows will happen at the following times:
Thursday: 6pm launch 8:30pm glow
Friday:6pm launch 8:30pm glow
Saturday: 6am/6pm launch 8:30pm glow
Sunday: 6am launch
Balloons inflate and light themselves from within. The sight of hot air balloons lit up like giant light bulbs is breathtaking. Pilots will coordinate ‘all burns’ where they fire up their burners illuminating their balloons all at once and also perform ‘count downs’.
Please keep in mind weather is a MAJOR factor in the balloons to launch and glow. Although it may be sunny and seemingly “perfect” out, wind is always a factor. The pilots want to show off their beautiful balloons and will attempt to launch/glow at all Opportunities
There are no hot air balloon rides at this event.
There are 6 rib vendors that come to Rib Fest, which takes place at the airport as well. The prices will vary. There is a contest for best ribs, so be sure to try more than 1 vendors’ ribs!
2015 RIB VENDORS
-My Happy Place
-The BBQ Company
There are other food vendors at the festival if you do not want ribs! Prices vary.
Please NO CARRY-INs
There are kids games, the Balloon Chase 5K, a petting zoo, live music, beer garden, fireworks and more! Click below for the complete schedule of events!
Take a look at the 2015 YouTube Video!
Photos From The Past