The Race Results History


1st Place         Derick Browning         25' 2"

2nd Place       Tom Steinbock            183' 8"

3rd Place        No Winner

4th Place        No Winner 

No Pilots in Scoring Range.

Place   Name  From  Distance from Target
FIRST    Charlie Hurst   Sellersburg Indiana  1' 2"
SECOND  John Hitron Louisville  49' 3"
THIRD  Jerry Copas Louisville 119' 4"
FOURTH  No Winner
FIFTH  No Winner
Place Name From Distance from Target
FIRST Chris Spalding Louisville 127' 3"
SECOND  No Winner In Scoring Distance
THIRD  No Winner
FOURTH  No Winner
FIFTH   No Winner

Place Name From Distance from Target
FIRST Chris Spaulding Louisville 4' 4"
SECOND Jady Wade Louisville 48' 5"
THIRD Tom Brutscher Louisville 52' 4"
FOURTH Patrick Dailey Louisville 56' 10"
FIFTH Peyton Hoge Louisville 141’ 14”

No Winners-All pilots were over the 200 yards from the target.  Prize money split equally among all pilots.

2009 Winners of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Ray Donner    26 feet 8 inches 
2nd place        Nick Donner   13 feet  10 inches 
3rd-5th place No winners in scoring range (over 200yards)

2008 Winners of the race… None!  All pilots were out the target range. 
The wind blew them wide left after hare balloon landed.

2007 Winners of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Chris Spalding    26 feet 5 inches 
2nd place        Matt Torgerson   45 feet 1 inches 
3rd place         Wayne VanAllen 53 feet 4 inches 
4th place         John Freeman    59 feet 8 inches
5th place           Tim McClain       95 feet 

2006 Winners of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Chris Spalding   10 feet 4 inches 
2nd place        John Herbst        10 feet 9 inches 
3rd place         Don Smith           14 feet 6 inches 
4th place         John Daugherty  30 feet 5 inches
5th place         Tom Steinbock   44 feet  8 inches

2004 Winners of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Jerry Copas        4 feet 3 inches  (2nd place in 2000 & 2001)     
2nd place        Nick Donner        8 feet 9 inches 
3rd place         Roy Stinson      11 feet 7 inches 
4th place         Bill Smith           16 feet 7 inches
5th place         Ray Donner       19 feet                  (3rd place in 2002 & 5th in 2000)
2002 Winners of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Tim Basey          4 feet 8 inches
2nd place        Jerry Copas      17 feet 2 inches  (2nd place in 2001)
3rd place         Ray Donner       22 feet 3 inches  (5th place in 2000)
4th place         Mike G. Wade  40 feet 2 inches
5th place         Doug Hughes   46 feet 1 inche

2001 Winners of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Bob Corey        1 foot 1 inch  (the closest ever)
2nd place        Jerry Copas      1 foot 9 inches
3rd place         Randy Oats       4 feet 3 inches
4th place         Mike S Wade      13 feet 8 inches
5th place         Doug Peterson  20 feet 5 inches

2000 Winner of the race and their distance are…
1st place          Bob Corey        1 foot 11 inches
2nd place        Mike Ehrler       4 feet 2 inches
3rd place         Dan Hoehler     13 feet 7 inches
4th place        Stuart Crawford 18 feet 5 inches
5th place        Ray Donner          57 feet 8 inches

Balloon Race Schedule
5:00 pm - Airport Gates Open!  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 Friday is the same for Sunday if needed. 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 

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 3, 2016 (Rain/Wind Date: June 5th)

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

When:   Gates Open at 5p.m. Liftoff after 7 p.m.

Admission:  Free!  Parking:  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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