The Race Results History


2017
1st Place   Jady Wade                   9'' 6.5" (2nd Place 2011)
2nd Place  Don Conner                33' 2"

3rd Place   Michael Stinson         43'
4th Place   Billy Green                  131' (2nd Place 2016)
5th Place   Bill Smith                     134' (4th Place 2004)


2016

1st Place   Dan Hoehler               7'1" (3rd Place 2000)

2nd Place  Billy Green                   9'

3rd Place   Stephen Bennett        11' 9"

4th Place   Scott McClinton          19' 5"

5th Place   Derek Browning         80' 9"  (1st Place 2015)


2015   

1st Place   Derick Browning       25' 2"

2nd Place  Tom Steinbock          183' 8"

3rd-5th  No Pilots in Scoring Range (under 200 ft.)


2014
No Pilots in Scoring Range (under 200 ft.)


2013
1st Place   Charlie Hurst             1' 2"
2nd Place  John Hitron                49' 3"

3rd Place   Jerry Copas               119' 4"

4th-5th  No Pilots in Scoring Range (under 200 ft.)
 
2012
1st Place   Chris Spalding           127' 3" (1st Place 2006-2007-2011)
2nd-5th No Pilots in Scoring Range (under 200 ft.)


2011
1st Place   Chris Spaulding        4' 4"  (1st Place 2006 & 2007)
2nd Place Jady Wade                  48' 5"
3rd Place  Tom Brutscher            52' 4"

4th Place   Patrick Dailey             56' 10"
5th Place   Peyton Hoge              141' 14"

2010
No Winners-All pilots were over the 200 ft from the target. 

Prize money split equally among all pilots.

2009
1st Place   Ray Donner                26' 8"
2nd place  Nick Donner               13' 10"
3rd-5th place No winners in scoring range (over 200 ft.)


2008

Winners of the race… None!  All pilots were out the target range. 
The wind blew them wide left after hare balloon landed.


2007
1st place   Chris Spalding          26' 5" 
2nd place  Matt Torgerson          45' 1"
3rd place   Wayne VanAllen        53' 4" 
4th place   John Freeman          59' 8"
5th place   Tim McClain               95' 

2006

1st place   Chris Spalding         10' 4" 
2nd place  John Herbst              10' 9" 
3rd place   Don Smith                 14' 6" 
4th place   John Daugherty        30' 5"
5th place   Tom Steinbock          44' 8"

2004
1st place   Jerry Copas              4' 3" (2nd place in 2000 & 2001)     
2nd place  Nick Donner             8' 9" 
3rd place   Roy Stinson             11' 7" 
4th place   Bill Smith                  16' 7"
5th place   Ray Donner              19' (3rd place in 2002 & 5th in 2000)


2003

Double Rain-Out. No Race.
 
2002
1st place   Tim Basey                 4' 8"
2nd place  Jerry Copas             17' 2" (2nd place in 2001)
3rd place   Ray Donner              22' 3" (5th place in 2000)
4th place   Mike G. Wade           40' 2"
5th place   Doug Hughes          46' 1"

2001
1st place    Bob Corey               1' 1"  (the closest ever)
2nd place  Jerry Copas             1' 9"
3rd place   Randy Oats              4' 3"
4th place    Mike S Wade           13' 8"
5th place    Doug Peterson       20' 5"

2000

1st place    Bob Corey               1' 11"
2nd place  Mike Ehrler               4' 2"
3rd place   Dan Hoehler            13' 7"
4th place    Stuart Crawford      18' 5"
5th place    Ray Donner             57' 8"

Balloon Race Schedule
4:00 pm - Airport Gates Open! 


5:00 pm - Food Venders, Brass Band Music, Inflatables for the kids to play on,  Tethered hot air balloon rides.  Free Admission and Parking.

6:30 pm - Pilots meeting at the VIP Hangar.

7:00 pm - Balloons lift off 10 minutes after the lead balloon leaves (weather permitting)

8:30 pm - The final balloon lands at the target area (approx time)

*Schedule for Sunday is the same as Friday if postponed. Listen to Hometown Radio Network for Updates!

For one evening in June, the skies above Central Kentucky are transformed to a colorful canvas, as hot air balloons lift off from the Junction City Airport. Nothing rivals the majestic beauty as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the sky.


The Great American Balloon Race has become a family event, one that parents and children look forward to each year! There's something for everyone to enjoy...brightly colored balloons filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, lively music, inflatable games and much more!


Listen to Race Coverage Live on Z-105 WRNZ 105.1 FM or listen live on the internet at www.hometownlive.net 

Starting at 6:00 pm, tune-in for complete coverage of the race from the ground, from several balloons and Charlie Perry broadcasting live in an airplane. Find out where the balloons will land.

Date:      FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018 (Rain/Wind Date: June 3rd)

Where:  Danville-Boyle County Airport in Junction City, Kentucky

When:   Gates Open at 4 p.m. Liftoff after 7 p.m.

Admission:  Free!  Parking:  Free!  Inflatable Games:  Free!

Food and Drinks Available!  Bring hat, sunscreen, chairs and blankets.   Come early and have a picnic at the Airport!!!


The Great American Balloon Race

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