Support JDRF

Welcome to the 13th Annual Great Galena Balloon Race. Whether you come for the Balloons, the Ale Fest, the Collector's Car Show, the live music, or just for the great entertainment that the whole family can take part in... we want you to remember our mission is to raise funds and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes.

AleFest logo

Get your tickets to Alefest
Friday June 20th

Wine Flights logo

Get your tickets to Wine Flights
Saturday June 21st

 


Official Host Sponsor

 

 

Have a Picnic !

Have your family, friends or corporate picnic at the Great Galena Balloon Race! 
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Balloon Race Picnics available - includes your own tent, picnic fare, private grill, passes for kids events, JDRF bracelets and a staff person (serves 15)

Plus enjoy all of the entertainment at the Great Galena Balloon Race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

Welcome to the Great Galena Balloon Race to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This spectacular 3 day event features over 20 hot air balloons, two races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, activities for the whole family, and a Friday night Alefest.

All events take place on the North Course Practice Range at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, our host sponsor.

Directions: Just follow Hwy 20 to Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa. Follow Eagle Ridge Drive to Thunder Bay Road. Go left on Thunder Bay road to the parking area. Our shuttles will take you to the event site.

 

Ale Fest

AleFest will feature over 100 the finest craft beer styles. Ticket cost is $25.00. Each admission is good for samples of craft beer, a tasting glass and guide, and live entertainment.
Tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa or email us at info@greatgalenaballoonrace.com.

Family Beer and Liquor

AleFest will take place in the big tent on Friday night from 6:30-9:00 pm. Special thanks to our AleFest Sponsor - Family Beer and Liquor.
Must be 21 years of age to attend.
Please sample responsibly.

Wine Flights

Wine Flights will feature nearly 100 wines. Ticket cost is $25. Proceeds from your ticket support JDRF and Camp Hertko and you receive a tasting glass and guide along with lots of fun tasting all of the different wines! Plus you will enjoy seeing dozens of hot air balloons and hearing the great music.
Tickets are available at Family Beer & Liquor, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa or email us at info@greatgalenaballoonrace.com.

Wine Flights will take place in the big tent on Saturday night from 5:30-8:30 pm. Special thanks to our Wine Flights sponsor - Family Beer & Liquor.
Must be 21 years of age to attend.
Please sample responsibly.

Balloon Race

Friday

6 p.m. Balloon Launch
Galena On The Fly kicks off the event- balloon rides available: call: (800) 690-1287

6 p.m.-10 p.m. Event Activities

  • Food & Beverage Concessions (no carry-ins please!)
  • Tethered balloon rides
  • Kids Stuff: face painting, inflatable bounce houses and obstacle course, balloons AND MORE!
  • Music: TBD

Volunteers needed, Email us at info@greatgalenaballoonrace.com

6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Ale Fest

Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch
Launch and track your own balloon!

8:45 p.m. Night Glow Extravaganza
Watch all the balloons light up the night sky

Saturday

6 a.m. 'Crack of Dawn' Balloon Race
Your first chance to see all of the balloons launch at this years event.
Rides available!

5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Wine Flights

5 p.m. -10 p.m. Event Activities

  • Collectors Car Show: check out over 40 collector cars!
    - Antique Town Rods of Galena
    - High Point Cruisers of Scales Mound
    - Mainstreet Cruisers of DBQ
    - Southwest Wisconsin Auto Club
  • Tethered balloon rides
  • Kids Stuff: face painting, bounce houses, balloons AND MORE!
  • Food & Beverage Concessions
  • Music: TBD

Volunteers needed, Email us at info@greatgalenaballoonrace.com

6:00 p.m. The Great Galena Balloon Race!
Rides available!

Camp Hertko Helium Balloon Launch
Support JDRF! Purchase & Track your own balloon for the launch!
Buy 1 or Buy 100 and track them all! Check out our web site and see if your balloon is found and where it went.

8:45 p.m. Night Glow Extravaganza
Watch all the balloons light up the night sky


Sunday

6 a.m.'Crack of Dawn' Balloon Race
Last chance to see all the Balloons launch until next year
Rides Available!

Parking and Directions:

Take Hwy 20 East to Eagle Ridge Resort. Follow Eagle Ridge Drive to Thunder Bay Road. Go left on Thunder Bay Road to the parking area. Our shuttles will take you to the launch site.

Visitors with disabilities can proceed to the event site where we have special parking available.