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June 2019

Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival

Hot Air. Hot Blues. Cool Brews! 

Launches are planned for 6 pm on both days plus Saturday morning at 6 am, with flights patterns following the prevailing gentle winds over the Green County countryside. When the propane runs low, pilots keep an eye out for open fields to land; providing a spectacle for the onlookers and photographers that follow the flights from the ground. Always a favorite, evening "balloon glows" are planned for 8:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday.

But the weekend just keeps getting better with a great lineup of live bands.

5:30 p.m.

Balloon Pilot/Crew Briefing

6:00 p.m.

Balloon Launch

6:30 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m.

Live Blues Music –  Dave Potter Trio featuring Madison Slim on harmonica

7:00 p.m.

Special Balloon Demonstrations on the Infield

8:30 p.m.

Balloon Glow on the In-Field of the Fairgrounds Track

8:30 p.m.  to 10:00 p.m.

Live Blues Music – Altered Five
‘Song of the Year’ & ‘Blues Artist of the Year’

Tentative Schedule for Saturday June 15th, 2019

6:00 a.m.

Sunrise Balloon Launch

6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Arts and Crafts Fair

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Classic Car Show

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Live Blues Music – Birddog Blues Band

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Live Blues Music – Ivy Ford Band

5:30 p.m.

Balloon Pilot/Crew Briefing

6:00 p.m.

Balloon Launch

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Live Blues Music – Dave Fields

7:00 p.m.

Special Balloon Demonstrations on In-Field

8:30 p.m.

Balloon Glow on the In-Field of the Fairgrounds

8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Live Blues Music – Brandon Santini



After the sun goes down the pilots will fire up their tethered balloons to provide a scenic backdrop for more music. Fest organizers are maximizing the entertainment value by locating the stage nearby the balloon glow so attendees can enjoy both at once. Spend the evening; food and beer will be available.

Also on Saturday is the Cruise In Car Show and fun and games for the kids.

The 2019 Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival is presented by Arc of Green County, an organization providing funding for area handicapped and disabled individuals. 

Admission to the Green County Fairgrounds (2600 - 10th St.) is free, with parking onsite for a nominal fee. Free street parking is also available.