Indiana has a long and rich ballooning tradition. As a matter of fact one of the first events ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a balloon event. On June 5, 1909, the Indianapolis Aero club held a gas balloon race at the track. Over the years, there have been several other balloon events held there, as well, The Montgolfier Society of Indiana carries on the tradition of ballooning in Indiana. The club is named after the Montgolfier brothers, Jacques Etienne and Joseph Michel, who in 1783, demonstrated the first hot air balloon on Paris France. Several currently active balloonists in the state got their start in the 1970’s and 80’s , When ballooning experienced a tremendous growth in popularity. If you’d like to learn more about the history of ballooning in Indiana, join us for our next meeting, or contact us.