Poteau Balloon Fest

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Poteau Balloon Fest

OCTOBER 20th & 21st, 2017

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Named #3 in the Top 40 Things to do in Oklahoma in 2014 by OKIESCENTRIC magazine.

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 to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.  However, they are not guaranteed during these times.  The atmospheric pressure and wind speeds plays a huge factor in balloon activities.  WE CANNOT GUARANTEE BALLOON ACTIVITIES and we CANNOT give specific times for balloon activities. This event is non-refundable. 

We would like to thank you for your interest in the 2016 Poteau Balloon Fest!

The dates for the 2017 Poteau Balloon Fest are Friday, October 20, 2017 and Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Friday, October 20, 2017 the gates will open at 12:00 pm to the public and will close at 11:00 pm. Saturday, October 21, 2017 the gates will open at 9:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.

The Poteau Balloon Fest will again be held at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds, 5015 S. Broadway, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953 (See map below.)

    Ticket Information

    Ticket Information

    Admission Prices

    Festival Admission:
    Admission is required for ages 4 & over.  Gate admission is $5 per person.  
    Advance Armbands: If armbands are purchased in advance at the Poteau Chamber they are $3 per person (debit or credit cards there is a minimum of 4 armbands) .  

    Armbands are good for Friday & Saturday. 

    The following shows and attractions are NOT included with gate admission and require a separate fee: Helicopter Rides, Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides, Tethered Balloon Rides, Carnival Rides, Pony Rides, any other ride attractions or the Saturday Night LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Event. 

    Tickets for all ride attractions cannot be purchased in advance and are purchased from individual vendors or attraction operators.  We do not set or control pricing on ride attractions. Pricing for previous years is as follows: helicopter rides-$40 per person; Mean Machine Monster Truck Rides-$10 per person; Carnival Rides - The Carnival has offered a $25 armband on Thursday night (no gate admission required), a $25 armband on Friday night from 7pm - 11pm. Individual tickets for rides have been sold for $1 each and each ride takes 3-5 tickets.  Pony Rides are $5 per rider. Tethered balloon rides are $10 per person with a age, height and weight restriction. For individuals inquiring about Tethered rides, participants MUST be tall enough to see over the basket (approximately 4 feet).

    Armbands sales begin August 1, 2017.  To purchase armbands in advance, please call 918-647-9178. They will be sold for $3 each (debit and credit cards require a minimum purchase of $12 or 4 armbands).  Advance price will be good through Friday, October 20, 12pm only. 

    Featured Events

      Event Information

      Event Information

      Each year the Poteau Balloon Fest offers various events that give festival goers plenty to see and do. Most of these events are included with gate admission and some include an extra cost.  We do however try to keep costs as low as we can.  NEW events this year at the 2017 Poteau Balloon Fest  will include on Friday and Saturday, Cockrill's Critters, a full petting zoo FREE to the public allowing 15 people to go through the petting zoo at a time. The petting zoo features Rudy Roo Roo the Kangaroo and a selfie loving camel. Also performing both Friday and Saturday are the Lawbreakers and Peacemakers, let them take you into the past with legendary, historical and humorous re-enactments as they portray the era with a mixture of comedy and melodrama as well as educate spectators.  Firearm safety is an important part of their portrayal and is demonstrated through out the weekend. Also join us in the mud pit area Friday Night for the 3rd Annual Twin Cities Redi Mix BurnOut Competition, Rumble on the River ATV/UTV Mud Race and the Pumpkin Mud Run. Saturday join us for the Annual Rumble on the River Mud Bog, the Little Miss & Mr. Balloon Fest Pageant, and Pet Contests.  Also Magician Jonathan Meyer will be performing throughout the day and Saturday evening there is the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding Event.  With much more in between from Libby Starks and Bandit, Carnival Rides, K9 Dog Demonstrations, and EMS's "Take 10 for CPR."

      For a timeline of events click here.

        Visiting Us

        Visiting Us

        Please visit our member directory to find a list of restaurants, hotel and motels, rv parks or campgrounds that are Chamber members!

        LeFlore County Fair Grounds



          Free parking is available at Carl Albert State College and the Industrial Park parking lot.  FREE shuttle buses are also available to transport to and from the Balloon Festival. Pick Up & Drop Off for all shuttle buses is at the Main Gate. 

          Parking on the Main Grounds is $5 per vehicle includes buses, handicap and motorcycle.  If you leave and return, you will have to pay again to park on the main grounds. 

            Vendor Information

            Vendor Information

            The Poteau Balloon Fest is quickly becoming one of the most sought out events  for vendors in the State of Oklahoma. Vendor space at our festival is limited!  All vendors are accepted on a first paid basis.  You must send in full payment and deposits with your completed application.  No special treatment is given to any vendor, local or non-local, first time or returning.  All payments must be made payable to Poteau Balloon Fest.

            You may download the applicable vendor forms below:

            Vendor forms for the 2016 Festival are below:



            RIDE & ATTRACTION


              Volunteer Information

              Volunteer Information

              Here at the Poteau Chamber, we know from experience with any event, especially one of this size, it takes a number of people to help pull it off and make it a successful event.  All of our volunteers receive a Poteau Balloon Fest volunteer shirt and free gate admission.  Volunteers can sign up online or by calling the Poteau Chamber at 918-647-9178.

              Our volunteers are the heart of our community and are greatly appreciated for the time that they put in.  We ask that you remember that those working this event are volunteers. Please treat them with respect.  Each year we also ask for nominations for a "Balloon Fest Volunteer of the Year".  If one of our volunteers went above and beyond, please find out their name and let us know how they helped you by emailing us or contacting us at the Chamber Information tent located near the front gate. 

              SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!

              To view the Volunteer Handbook click here
              To view the volunteer training click here

                Sponsor Information

                Sponsor Information

                The Poteau Balloon Fest brings over 20,000 people to our area each year.   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 continued support and investment.  If you are interested in sponsoring the 2016 Poteau Balloon Fest you may obtain a form below or by contacting us at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

                Sponsorship is open to any business or vendor.  Forms will be posted in April 2016, please continue to check back!

                Thank you to the sponsors for the 2015 Balloon Fest!

                Presenting Event Sponsors

                Choctaw Casino & Hotel, Jamatt RV Sales & Service, Riverside Autoplex


                Balloon Sponsors

                Clean Line Energy, Edward Jones, Spider Webb Farm Implements, First National Bank, Central National Bank, Adams Abstract, Northside Liquor, JOB & The Purple Plume, Remax Champion Land Brokers, Allstate Termite & Pest Control, Arvest Bank, Well Completions, Times Record, Dobson Technologies


                Balloon Glow Sponsors

                AES, OG&E, Dunn Country, EOMC


                Cirque Adventure

                Eastern Oklahoma Fabrication, Poteau Tag Agency, Verizon Wireless, Watson Motors, Senator Mark Allen, Western Sizzlin, Kay Sullivan Real Estate, Terry Amend, American Termite & Pest Control, Speech Therapy Center, Holiday Inn Express


                Rumble on the River

                Eastern Oklahoma Fabrication, Poteau Tag Agency, Verizon Wireless, C. Ryburn Construction, LLC, Rexel Electric, LaHuerta's / Maria's / Mia Bella's, Kiamichi Technology Center, Shady Point Body Shop, Custom Concepts, J-N-B Tire & Auto, Brian E. Roberts, CPA, PC, Tote A Poke, John Hamilton State Farm, American Termite & Pest Control


                LJ Jenkins Bull Riding

                Eastern Oklahoma Fabrication, Poteau Tag Agency, Verizon Wireless, Smith Chevrolet Cadillac, Coca – Cola, Dunn Country, C. Ryburn Construction, LLC, Felix Thompson, Shockley Auto Sales, Bud's Country Junction, Best Western Traders Inn, Belle Point, State Farm Insurance - James Smith, The Community State Bank, Asset & Investment Advisors, Kiamichi Technology Center, AOG, LeFlore County Vet Clinic,

                Windstream, Heavener Animal Clinic, Reed Williams Insurance, Rock Producers, Inc., Health & Wellness Center, Poteau Valley Veterinarian Hospital


                Hospitality Sponsor



                Derek Cook FMX

                Eastern Oklahoma Fabrication, Poteau Tag Agency, Verizon Wireless, Watson Motors, Beall Barclay & Co PLC, Smart Mart, Allstate Termite & Pest Control, The Community State Bank, McConnell's Flooring,

                Raceday Park, American Termite & Pest Control


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