Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place over two days in mid-July, in Smith Park, Middletown. The city is 39 miles (63 km) north of Cincinnati. Apart from hot air ballooning and traditional night balloon glow, the full-packed program features a car show, tethered balloon rides, biplane rides, foods, drinks, and crafts vendors galore, and fireworks. The festival hours are 4 pm to 10:30 pm. The ticket cost is $5 per person for 13 and over, while 12 and under is free of charge . Yet it covers only walk-in admission. Festival rides are available for an additional cost.
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