In looking over the crowd, Dennis Bray said, “it’s great to see the community coming together in hosting things like this because it just brings everybody together.”
And that is what Middletown needs, said Jeff Poe, a Hamilton native and Liberty Twp. resident.
“Middletown is a depressed community so it’s great to see something that can give anything back,” he said. “Anything that helps to get everybody out in a safe place is good for Middletown. Middletown always gets a bad rap, so it’s a good thing for them to have something positive to hang their hat on.”
Watch time-lapse video of these balloons inflating and taking flight
The festival started Friday and concluded Saturday evening with the scheduled balloon glow and fireworks show.
And though there is no festival activity Sunday, there will be tethered balloon rides, weather permitting, and a remote balloon launch for competitors in the Ohio Challenge.
The festival is one of the largest in the area, with more than 300 volunteers catering to tens of thousands of guests. Last year, organizers say an estimated 55,000 attended the festival.