The Ohio Challenge balloon event will have flyovers, a giant screen for spectators to see more

Production technology and cameras attached to skydivers’ helmets will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Team Fastrax, the Middletown-based professional skydiving team, from the moment they prepare to board planes until when they landed, Pearce said.

In addition to the video map, four to six planes will conduct flyovers at 5 p.m. Saturday at Middletown Regional Airport. Pearce said their stunts will be “just short of aerobatics”.

The Butler County Warbirds will display two vintage aircraft and guests will be able to purchase transportation tickets, he said. Tethered hot air balloon rides will be available for $20.

There will be carnival rides and craft vendors on both days and a car show on Saturday.

Pearce said the Ohio Challenge will feature 20 balloons, four special shapes. The Fastrax team will perform on both nights. Balloonists will perform balloon bursts on both nights, followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.

There will be no shortage of food and drink, according to Pearce.

He said there will be 24 food vendors, a mix of local and regional favorites. Some of these vendors include Brent’s Smokin’ Butts, Combs Barbecue, The Jug, Traveling Cheesecake, Domino’s, and Chick-fil-A.

“One of the best varieties we’ve ever had,” is how Pearce described the food line.

Soft drinks, water and Miller Coors and Budweiser products will be available, he said.

At last year’s Ohio Challenge, the scheduled Friday was watered down, and then 14,500 people, a one-day record crowd, attended on Saturday.


WHAT: Ohio Challenge

WHERE: Smith Park, Middletown

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday

COST: Walk-in $5, children under 12 are free. Airport parking is $15 per vehicle and includes admission for everyone in the vehicle and free shuttles to Smith Park entrance.