Left to right: Balloon pilots Sean Askren in balloon DILLIGAF, Chris Jessee in the Squallee, and Benjamin Drennan in Shovel Man inflate their balloons for a media preview to kick off The Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival Thursday, July 18 at Smith Park in Middletown.
The festival is open 4pm to 10:30pm Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th. Walk-in admission is $5 per adult, 13 and up. 12 and under are free. Parking is $15 w/ free shuttle and admission for all in the car. Parking Shuttle from the Airport Entrance. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF