Balloon festival taking to the skies

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CSI Media staff | July 11, 2014

Waterford's Hot Air Balloon Festival is set to launch July 18-20, on the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School, 817 W. Main St., Waterford.

Experience a magical weekend of color in the skies, kids' activities, delicious food, craft  and vendor fair and much more.

Admission to the festival grounds is free. However, parking fees are $5 per car at Evergreen, Fox River Middle School, Woodfield Elementary, and Waterford Union High School. Part of the proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. Handicapped parking is located In the main lot of Evergreen Elementary School. No parking on the grass at any location. Violators will be ticketed and towed. There is also ample parking on public streets surrounding the festival.

Get your picture taken in a balloon basket and receive your photo for $5. Pictures will be taken by KK Photography and printed while you wait. All proceeds will be donated to the local food pantry at Community United Methodist Church.

The event opens at 4 p.m. Friday, July 18 with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by a balloon launch.

On Saturday, enjoy a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., kite flying from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a NFL Punt, Pass &?Kick competition at 1 p.m. Balloon launch will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.

An amateur photo contest is held in conjunction with this event. Take a picture of a hot air balloon(s) at the festival in flight, or at the glow, etc. Or take a photo of festival activities — anything other than the balloons.

Pictures should be mounted, must have a caption, the age of photographer and category of the entry, plus the name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Cash awards will be given for each age/category and one grand champion prize.

Entry form s may be picked up in advance at the Waterford Chamber of Commerce. Photos will be judged on the basis of technical quality, composition and story-telling ability.

Entries may be mailed or dropped off at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce office or in our drop box at 102 E Main St, Waterford, WI, 53185. Photos must include a signed entry form and payment. (Checks can made payable to WACC). Entry forms may also be picked up at the Chamber office, or the Balloon Festival Chamber Booth. Entries will be disqualified without a signed entry form or payment. Entry deadline is Noon on the second Friday after the festival at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce. Winners will be notified within 30 days.

The WACC reserves the right to use said photos in any way in order to promote the Balloon Festival and/or Waterford, WI.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Chamber office at: (262) 534.5911 or

Beautiful Waterford, Wisconsin is conveniently located approximately 30 minutes Southwest of Milwaukee, 2 hours North of Chicago and 30 minutes West of Racine.

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