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.