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Annual Bloomington balloon fest to happen this weekend


A hot-air balloon finishes inflation Sept. 9, 2017, at the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival. The festival sources balloons of all shapes, sizes and color from all over the world for its festival. Emily Eckelbarger and IDS file photo

The seventh annual Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest will occur this weekend at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. It will cost $20 for a carload ticket and $30 for a weekend pass, according to the festival’s website

Besides the balloons, there will be helicopter rides, skydivers and a wine and beer garden. Visitors can also pay $15 to take tethered-balloon rides. 

Festival goers can partake in several community-engagement activities during the weekend, including a 5K run and walk, a singing competition and a cornhole tournament. 

Additionally, there will be a food drive where people can donate non-perishable items to enter a raffle with prizes including a balloon ride. One donated item counts as one raffle entry and people can enter several times. The drive’s goal is to reach 1,000 donated goods. 

Attendants can also have their pictures taken with the 2019 Miss Kiwanis Balloon Fest, A’Niyah Birdsong, as well as characters from "The Wizard of Oz.”

Camping is an option at the fairgrounds during the weekend, with one space including electric for one night costing an additional $50 with the weekend pass.

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