Over 40 thousand hot air balloon enthusiasts arrived in Statesville to celebrate the joy of hot air ballooning during the 3-day weekend of October 16-18, 2015. National Balloon Rally Charities thanks everyone who contributed their time and support to the success of our 42nd annual Carolina BalloonFest - an event that can only be hosted with the participation of hundreds of volunteers, dozens of sponsors, over 50 hot air balloon pilots, media partners, entertainers and vendors.
Thank you to all Pilots & Crews of 2015 -- Spectacular!
Flying Events Committee -- Outstanding!
We appreciate our guests who arrived from near and far to watch you soar into the Carolina blue skies of Statesville!
Over a dozen Designated Volunteer Groups accepted $100,000.
Designated nonprofit organizations provide hundreds of volunteers at Carolina BalloonFest. These community organizations include
~ American Cancer Society - Relay for Life of Statesville
~ Statesville Chamber of Commerce
~ Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
~ Statesville Kiwanis
~ Iredell SCAN
~ Boy Scout Troop 174, Boy Scout Troop 607, Boy Scout Troop 609
~ Wilkes County Boy Scout Troop 335
~ Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence
~ North Iredell High School Cheerleaders
~ Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County
~ Civil Air Patrol Iredell Squadron
~ Children's Homes of Iredell County
~ DECA - Mooresville Schools
~ West Iredell High School Band
~ West Iredell Choral Group
~ Balloon Federation of America Youth Scholarship Program
~ Carolinas Balloon Association Youth Scholarship Program
Honor Gifts OF $13,000 from 2015 Board Members were accepted by
~ Children's Hope Alliance
~ Hope's Wing
~ Fifth Street Ministries
~ My Sisters House
~ Rolling Thunder Chapter 2
~ Tribute to the Troops, NC
~ Power Cross
~ Iredell Christian Ministries
~ Power Cross
~ South Iredell Band Boosters
~ Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont
~ March of Dimes
~ Iredell SCAN
~ South Iredell IB School
Rain or Shine... Carolina BalloonFest is open October 19-21, 2018!
Hot Air Balloon Flights are scheduled twice daily; early morning & late afternoon. All ballooning activities including static display, tethered rides and balloon flights are weather-dependent. The decision to inflate hot air balloons is made just prior to the scheduled ballooning activity. Due to limited entrance points into our festival, on Saturday, guests are encouraged to PARK by 1 PM to attend late afternoon launches. Saturday is our most popular festival day and the admissions booths will close when we reach maximum capacity. Tickets are non-refundable.
National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc. is an incorporated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all contributions are tax deductible. A portion of proceeds raised through Carolina BalloonFest and Carolina Roots MusicFest is distributed to local nonprofit organizations. PO Box 267 ~ Statesville NC 28687