Mark your calendars: You won’t want to miss this!


The Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana will host its 4th Annual Kiwanis Hot Air Balloon Fest at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Bloomington, Indiana on Sept. 9-11, 2016. The 10-year-old Kiwanis club of community members will use funds generated from the Balloon Fest to support Riley Children’s Hospital, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, SCI Kiwanis Club projects, as well as other community service organizations.

We anxiously look forward to this year’s balloon launches during Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as the early evenings of Sept, 9 and 10 (weather permitting). We will host colorful, enormous hot air balloons at this event, and there is nothing more beautiful than to see these multicolored balloons ascend into the sky at dusk. Additional features of this year’s festival include a 5K Run/Walk, Car Show, KCBS Competition, Kiwanis Idol Finals, delicious food, a variety of vendors, plus MORE!

Another popular event of the Balloon Fest is the Night Glow. Following Friday and Saturday evening launches, the balloons return to the festival to conduct a Night Glow. At this event, the balloons are tethered to the ground, and they use their propane heaters to light up the multicolored balloons. It is one of the most fascinating sites imaginable. Tethered balloon rides will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings for a nominal cost.

Food vendors will be present to entice the taste buds, commercial vendors for your shopping pleasure, entertainers for your enjoyment. Other exciting events include our Kiwanis Idol singing competition, Cornhole Tournament, and our annual Health & Safety Family FUN! Fair during our Sunday Children’s Expo.