If you are a balloonist, please click here. You will find information that you will need on the linked page. Otherwise, please continue to check back for new and updated information.

Balloonist Volunteer Information

If you would like to volunteer and help out with the balloons, please supply the following information to please fill out the following form and submit it to valocityfactor@gmail.com

Balloon Volunteer Form

Balloon crewing information: http://cazooee.com/crewing/

Balloonist Information – This is a link to the schedule for all balloonist and their flight crews so they know where and when they need to be in certain locations.

Tethered Balloon Rides

Ever want to experience what riding in a hot air balloon feels like but are a little too nervous about it? Well then a tethered balloon ride is something you should check out while at the festival! Tethered balloon rides means that the balloons are always tied off at multiple points on the field. They will raise up between 50-100 feet in the air, stay there for a short time so you can get some pictures of the festival and see what the other balloons look like from the air and then come back down.

To provide an enjoyable experience and to avoid a long wait, a reservation system will be used to reserve a place in line. After 1:00 pm each day on the balloon field, a numbered and colored coupon can be obtained for each person who wishes to reserve a ride for that evening (there is no cost for this coupon). After 4 pm, a notice will be posted as to the time that the rider should be in line. The line begins in the appropriate color coded passage to pay for the tethered ride.

Festival volunteers will be there to assist riders in getting in the proper order based upon color and number. If a rider is not present when their number and color is called, the next rider will be given the ride and their place is lost.

The cost of the ride for all riders it $20.00. The choice of who rides is at the sole discretion of the pilot.   There is a waiver that has to be signed by all riders. If a rider is less than 18 years of age the parent or guardian of such child must sign the waiver of the minor. Any child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult on the ride.

Tethered Balloon Field Layout

Balloon Flight Schedule

  • Friday, July 1st, 2015
    • 5:30 am – Balloon Launches – Media Flight (open to the public)
    • 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Tethered Balloon Rides ($20 per rider)
    • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Tethered Balloon Rides ($20 per rider)
    • 6:30 pm – Balloon Inflation and Launches
    • 8:15 pm – Balloon Glow
  • Saturday, July 2nd, 2015
    • 5:30 am – Balloon Launches
    • 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Tethered Balloon Rides ($20 per rider)
    • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Tethered Balloon Rides ($20 per rider)
    • 6:30 pm – Balloon Inflation and Launches
    • 8:15 pm – Balloon Glow
  • Sunday, July 3rd, 2015
    • 5:30 am – Balloon Launches
    • 6:00 am – 9:00 am – Tethered Balloon Rides ($20 per rider)
    • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Tethered Balloon Rides ($20 per rider)
    • 6:30 pm – Balloon Inflation and Launches
    • 8:15 pm – Balloon Glow

All flight times are approximate and weather dependent. The recommendation is to arrive to see the balloons 30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled times.

● The morning flights do not require the $8 festival admission; however, the evening flights and glows will require admission.

● All flights will originate at the Lisle Park District Community Park (see map and directions for details).

● The balloons are not inflated all day. Only prior to the launch.

Balloons that will be at the Festival

cake snobird
 elfon neil
 springgreen remax
tate  stanley
glen dean
rhodes

Serena’s Song

Serena’s Song 
Each day, “Serena’s Song,” the nation’s first wheelchair accessible balloon, will be giving tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities. To reserve a flight, contact SEASPAR at www.seaspar.org.

Flights are on Friday, July 1st – Sunday, July 3rd from 6:00-7:30 a.m. and from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Serena’s Song Flyer
2015 Serena Registration Form