The Ohio Challenge 2018

UPDATE: Balloon glow, flights canceled Friday night at Ohio Challenge in Middletown

Friday night’s balloon glow and balloon flights have been canceled due to weather conditions, according to Ohio Challenge balloon pilot Sean Askren.

Saturday’s events are expected to take place as scheduled.

MORE: The latest weekend weather forecast

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.:

Balloon pilot Sean Askren said “everything is a go” for tonight’s Ohio Challenge, but he warned that could change because of inclement weather. 

He said hot air balloon pilots are scheduled to compete tonight at Smith Park, then perform a balloon glow sometime after 8:30 p.m. 

He said pilots will meet at 6:45 p.m. to review the weather forecast and make a final decision.

MORE: 7 things that will WOW you this weekend at the Ohio Challenge Balloon Festival

UPDATE @ 1:45 p.m.:

Balloon pilots for the Ohio Challenge are meeting at 2 p.m. today to discuss the weather and the impact it could have on tonight’s flights and balloon glow, according to pilot Sean Askren. 

He said an announcement will be made around 4 p.m. today on the status of tonight’s balloon flights.


The festival portion of the Ohio Challenge is still scheduled, despite the forecast for severe weather tonight and Saturday, said Kathy Stites, event manager.

MORE: Strong to severe storms expected today

Balloonists will meet this afternoon to determine if they will participate tonight, she said. Because of weather, Stites said, balloons are “always iffy.”

The challenge is scheduled from 4 to 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Smith Park.

As many as 60,000 visitors are expected in Middletown over the weekend for the event, according to Stites.

We will continue to bring you updates about the status of the event.

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