BUCKET LIST WORTHY: GREAT GALENA BALLOON RACE

March 8, 2017

I bought tickets to the Great Galena Balloon Race- Wine Flights two years ago. Sadly, my friend Abby and I drove all the way up to the event (4 hours one way) to find out it was cancelled due to the weather. Instead of getting our money back I had them reserve our spots for the following year. We had a blast! I am so glad we decided to try again! It was definitely an experience I won't forget.

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OVERVIEW OF THE GREAT GALENA BALLOON RACE

 

 

The Great Galena Balloon Race is a three day event held at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, IL. This event is more than just hot air balloon races. It's a weekend full of entertainment! They have a craft beer and ale sampling event on Friday as well as a wine tasting event on Saturday. The weekend also consists of a hot air balloon Night Glow, tethered rides, a classic car show, live music, food vendors, and other activities for the kiddos. It's only $5 to get in. The $5 admission donation is to help raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Camp Hertko Hollow. Parking is free and a shuttle will take you to the event. Check out their website to get specific times for this years events. The Great Galena Balloon Race is always the third full weekend in June. This years event will be June 16-18th. So go ahead, mark your calendar now! 

 

June 16-18 2017

 

Friday

 

Hot air balloon races

Night Glow

Live Music

Inflatables for kids

Food and Beverages

Tethered Balloon Rides

Ale Fest- 

*Tickets are $25.00 and includes over 100 craft beer and ales to sample and also receive commemorative glass.

 

Saturday

 

Crack of Dawn Race

Galena on the Fly Race

Night Glow

Live Music

Inflatables for kids

Food and Beverages

Tethered Balloon Rides

Wine Flights-

*Tickets are $25.00 and includes over 100 wines to sample and also receive commemorative glass.

 

Sunday

 

Crack of Dawn Balloon Race

 

 

*Tickets for events are not available yet.

 

 

TIPS FOR GALENA BALLOON RACE & WINE FLIGHT

 

Check the weather!

 

Make sure you are 100% positive that the event is still going to happen before you make the trip- Ha!

 

 

Order tickets wayyy ahead of time!

 

This is a very popular festival. Make sure you reserve your tickets early so you don't miss out.

 

Make a weekend out of it!

 

It is about 4 hours to Galena from my house. If you can, stay for the night or even the weekend! There is so much to see and do in Galena. We actually tackled the Balloon Race and Wine Flight, seeing downtown Galena, and visited Chestnut Mountain to ride the Alpine slide all in one day. We plan on staying over night next time we go. 

 

Get in line for the tethered balloon ride right away!

 

We got in line as soon as we noticed a line was started. I'm glad we got in line when we did. They ended at a certain time and we just made the cut for the rides. A tethered ride is $5.00.

 

Bring chairs or a blanket!

 

I brought a small blanket and I am so glad I did! We found a small grass area in front of the Wine tent, which was just big enough for my blanket. We were able to sit down, watch the band, see the hot air balloons inflate and take off.  The blanket came in handy again when we waited in line for the tethered ride. 

 

To reserve your tickets for this years Great Galena Balloon Race- Wine Flights or Ale Fest, visit the link below.

 

Great Galena Balloon Race

 

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

444 Eagle Ridge Drive

Galena, IL 601036

Phone: 815-777-5000

 

Have you been to the Great Galena Balloon Race? I would love to hear about your experience. Please fill free to comment below! 

-Kelsey

 

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