Hot air balloons launch for festival

Hot air balloons surround the Defiance County Airport
Hot air balloons surround the Defiance County Airport

DEFIANCE, Ohio (WANE)  The first annual Defiance Hot Air Balloon Festival launched many balloons over the county’s airport Saturday. Balloons flew around the airport from 7-8 a.m. and will fly again at 7 p.m.

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The event features a petting zoo, caricature drawings, henna tattoos and music. There is also an opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon from 6-8 p.m.

Admission is $5 per car with some activities having additional fees. Proceeds from the event go to the United Way Community Engagement Center.

There is also a glow walk in the evening, where people are invited to walk a mile lit by balloons around the airport runway. It costs $10 to enter the walk and participants receive a t-shirt, glow necklace and parking pass for the event. The fundraiser supports the new Community Engagement Center through the United Way of Defiance County. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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