Frontier Power Hot Air Balloon Festival launches spirits every June

COSHOCTON -- This will be the 29th year for balloons to take flight over the rolling hills and farms of Coshocton County.

The Frontier Power Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 13, with launches and fly-ins taking place at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds located at 707 Kenilworth Ave., Coshocton. Admission and entertainment are free.

A full slate of fun and entertainment will also take place over the weekend at the fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy midway attractions, craft booths, carnival rides, fireworks, photo contest, kiddie tractor pull, 5K race, flag ceremony, nightglow, musical entertainment, food vendors and many other family-oriented activities.

On Friday night, enjoy free musical entertainment by Timothy Paul from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the fireworks to follow. Saturday night Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform at 7:30 p.m. with the popular balloon "Night Glow" to follow.

Balloon launches and fly-ins will take place (weather permitting) on Friday, June 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 12 from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and again from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 13 from 6 to 7:30 a.m.

Kelly Kendall, manager of Administration and Office Services at the Frontier Power Company, is pleased that Frontier Power is able to sponsor the Balloon Festival again this year.

"We feel the balloon festival is wonderful for our entire community and the surrounding area," she said. "We are happy to continue our sponsorship so it remains a free event. And we are fortunate that we are in a position to do so."

Kendall said Frontier Power is involved in several ways with the event.

"Frontier Propane provides the propane used for the balloons to take flight," she said. "Also, many of our employees are happy to help throughout the weekend by working in the T-shirt/information tent, being part of balloon crews and anything else they are asked to do. As soon as this year's festival is over, we'll have a wrap-up meeting then start plans for 2011!"

Carol Remington, executive director of the Coshocton Chamber of Commerce, said the balloon sponsorships have been wonderful.

"So far, we have 21 balloons coming to participate," said Remington. "And we are so pleased that Frontier Power is our major corporate sponsor again this year. They also donate the propane for the balloons. ITM Marketing is sponsoring the entertainment, so that is free to attend as well."

Remington said this is the longest continuously running hot air balloon festival in Ohio and that the balloon pilots love coming to Coshocton.

"Hot air balloons have a way of creating happiness and putting a smile on faces," added Remington. "Plus the event is wonderful for our local tourism. It brings in hundreds, if not thousands of visitors to Coshocton each year. Many families near and far enjoy taking advantage of this fun, free event."

For information about the Frontier Power Hot Air Balloon Festival, go to www.VisitCoshocton.com, or call (800) 338-4724 or (740) 622-4877.