National Balloon Classic

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National Balloon Classic
GenreHot air balloon festival
DatesFirst week of August
Location(s)Memorial Balloon Field
15335 Jewell Street
Indianola, Iowa 50125

The National Balloon Classic is an annual hot air balloon festival held at the Memorial Balloon Field in Indianola, Iowa. The classic is a nine-day event with nearly 100 hot air balloons.


In 1970, the fifth United States National Hot Air Balloon Championship held the primaries in Indianola and due to the success of the competition it hosted the championships for the following 18 years. In 1989, when the competition moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana the National Balloon Classic was started and has continued every year since.



The Classic is held at Memorial Balloon Field.

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