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2017 Dates

July 7-9, 2017

Aaron Gebhart

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Thank you for keeping all of our beach-goers safe by respecting the alcohol-free zone at the Red Rock Beaches.

Balloon Fest date image 20172016 Schedule of Events and Activities:

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016

6:30 pm Opening launch*. Iowa State Savings Bank Cup Race. Food and drink on beach.

6:00-10:00 pm  – Live Band “King of the Tramps”

9:00 pm  Night Glow at North Overlook Beach


6:30 am Morning balloon launch*

7:00 am Pancake Breakfast!

8:00 am 5K and 10K FUNdraiser Run ($20 Registration) – North Overlook Beach

9:00 – 11:00 am  “Let’s Go Paddling” – offered by Army Corps of Engineers

1:00 pm  Snake Lunchtime – offered by Army Corps of Engineers

2:00 pm  Pond Exploration – offered by Army Corps of Engineers

6:00-10:00 pm  – Rock Bottom Band at North Overlook Beach, sponsored by Wells Fargo Banks

6:30 pm Evening Balloon Launch*

9:00 pm  Night Glow at North Overlook Beach

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016

6:30 am Morning Balloon Launch*

*Please note: All event activities are subject to change due to weather and wind conditions.

Viewing Areas

Best viewing area for balloon launches is at North Overlook Beach on all three days of the event, July 8-10, 2016. Other activities on North Overlook Beach on Saturday, July 10, include a 5K and 10 K FUNdraiser Run and “Let’s go Paddling”.

Come out and enjoy this great family event – one of the highlights of the summer in the Red Rock area!

Check out the area map by clicking on this link

 Watch for FUNdraiser Run/Walk details to follow soon!

Balloon Rides!

This year pilot Tim Cloyd is offering balloon rides for sale at $200/ person. Contact Tim at or call 515-205-4855 for more information.