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Festival Info

The Tarheel Balloon Festival is presented by the Barn at Lloyd's Dairy and the Meridian Community Foundation on an 800 acre farm at the merge of Interstates 40 and 85.  The venue is located directly between Raleigh and Greensboro.  The festival will help to raise funds for our new 37 acre park we're building near Gravelly Hill Middle School.  The festival will feature hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, morning and evening glow events, antique aircraft displays, paraglide airshow and all types of arts/ craft and food vendors.  Ticket sales will open one month prior to the event.  Our event will follow all current local Covid-19 guidelines to keep our vendors and visitors safe. (EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE)


Festival Schedule

(subject to change, balloon flights throughout the day are weather dependent)

November 5th (Friday)

Vendor Village opens at 2:00pm

Military Aircraft Display open all day 2:00pm - dark 

Afternoon Flights - 4:30pm

November 6th (Saturday) 

Morning Flights - 8:00am (Cancellled due to weather)

Vendor Village opens at 8:00am

Morning Paraglide Air Show - 9:00am (Cancelled due to weather)

Military Aircraft Display open all day 8:00am- dark

Afternoon Flights - 4:30pm (Cancelled due to weather)

Glow Event - 6:30pm - 7:00pm (Cancelled due to weather)

November 7th (Sunday)

Morning Flights - 7:00 am (Cancelled due to weather)

Vendor Village opens at 7:00 am

Military Aircraft Display and event 7:00am - Noon

Note: Your daily tickets can be used any time that day. Once you have entered you can't reenter on the same ticket.  For safety reasons balloon flights are subject to weather conditions.

Opening Hours

Friday 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday 7:00 am - 8:00pm

 Sunday 6am-Noon

See more complete schedule on this site for more details

(Sunday Morning Flights and Paraglide Show cancelled  due to weather safety concerns. Vendor Village and Helicopter Display still open toll Noon)

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The Fair’s Map

227 North Lloyds Dairy Road

Efland, NC 27243

Get to know your way around the festival

Directional Map


Parking options are VIP parking onsite and off-site shuttle services for general ticket holders.

Vendor Village

We will have a good variety of onsite food trucks, arts & craft and general merchandise vendors for your enjoyment.  

Ticket Options

We have two options for admission tickets: 


*  We offer VIP admission tickets which includes onsite parking for $25 (which includes everyone in a standard 4-6 person vehicle).   Admission for larger vehicles need to contact us direct at


*  The other option for admission tickets is for general admission at $10 per person and this parking will be offsite and shuttled in throughout the days last bus leaves at 8:45. 


*  Due to weather conditions balloon flights will be sold closer to the event. 


*  Due to weather conditions tethered balloon rides will only be sold onsite. 

* No tickets are refundable after 10:00am on October 23rd, 2021.  

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