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Call 918-647-9178 to order the gate armbands for $3 in advance! They will be $5 at the Gate!
Click here to purchase armbands online.
Please note that all balloon events are wind and weather permitting!!! Any and all balloon flights are most likely to occur between the hours of 7am - 10am and 4pm -7pm. However, they are not guaranteed during these times. The atmospheric pressure plays a huge factor in balloon activities! WE CANNOT GUARANTEE BALLOON ACTIVITES and we CANNOT give specific times on Balloon activities!
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We would like to thank you for your interest in the 2014 Poteau Balloon Fest.
DATE, TIME & VENUE
The dates for the 2014 Poteau Balloon Fest are October 17th & 18th. Friday, the 17th, the gates will open at 12:00pm to the public and will close at 11:00 pm. Saturday morning, the 18th, they will open at 9:00 am and close at 11:00pm.
The Poteau Balloon Fest will be held on the LeFlore County Fair Grounds on Highway 271 South.
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- Advance Armbands are $3 each (Online $5)
- Advance armbands will be sold until October 17th at 3:00pm. Chamber offices will close at 3:00pm on October 17th.
- Advance armbands will be available for purchase at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce in person or by calling 918-647-9178.
- At the gates, armband admission prices will be $5 per person (4 and under free.)
- Children 4 and under are free.
- Balloon Fest Gate Admission is good for both Friday & Saturday
All of the following shows and attractions are included with gate admission. If available, you may click on the attraction name for more information about that attraction.
Once an event schedule is available, it will be posted.
The following rides and attractions will require additional costs and are NOT included with gate admission: (Please note, we do not set these prices)
- Helicopter Rides - Has been $35 per person at previous festivals
- Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides - $10 per person
- Tethered Balloon Rides - $10 per person - *Weight, Height & Age Restrictions May apply. Also are wind and weather permitting (please note balloon information above). Schedule will be released at a later date
- Carnival Rides - The Carnival will be offering a $20 armband on Friday night, October 17 from 7pm - 11pm. We do NOT SET the pricing for carnival rides and have no control over what they charge. At this time we do not have any information on the costs of the tickets. Previous years, they were $3 per ticket and rides took 1 - 2 tickets.
- Rockwall Exotics Petting Zoo & Camel Rides: Petting Zoo $5 per person; Camel Rides $7 per person
- Saturday Night PBR Bull Riding Event - Join us for a fantastic end to the 2014 Balloon Fest. This is the "LJ Jenkins Ride for the ATV Tour" bull riding competition. It is the finale of a 5 series event with 30 bull riders competing, the top 10 coming back for a short round. After the bull riding stick around for a concert with Western Justice. This will be a new event at the Balloon Fest in 2014 and will be on Saturday Night Only! Gates will open for this event around 6:30! Please note if you come before 6:30pm, you will also be required to purchase a Balloon Fest armband.
BULLS, BALLOONS & BBQ
Join us this year for Bulls, Balloons & BBQ featuring LJ Jenkins and his "Ride for the ATV Tour." This is the finale of a 5 series event with 30 bull riders performing and the top 10 coming back for a final round. After the bull riding is a concert with Western Justice. Admission tickets are $10 each, all ages. Anyone attending the bull riding event and coming prior to 6:30pm on Saturday will also be required to purchase a gate admission armband.
As with any large event, it takes a number of people to help make it successful. If you are interested in volunteering at the 2014 Poteau Balloon Fest, please contact the Chamber at 918-647-9178. To volunteer for this event click HERE!
Free parking will be available at the CASC parking lot and the Industrial Park parking lot. FREE shuttle buses will be available to and from the Fair Grounds to the CASC parking lots and the Industrial Park parking lots.
All parking on the Main grounds will be PAID parking at $5 per car. Please note, that if you leave and then return, you will have to pay again to re-enter the grounds.
The 5K Walk/Run at the Poteau Balloon Fest will return in 2014. Registration is $20 BEFORE October 5th and $25.00 AFTER October 5th. YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO BE GUARANTEED A SHIRT. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Registration fee includes (1) Balloon Fest Armband and (1) 5K T-Shirt. Click here to download the entry form! Click here to register online.
ALL EVENTS ARE WEATHER PERMITTING AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
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To hold such a large event successfully, takes the work and involvement of many within our community. We would like to thank our many sponsors for their support and sponsorship.