Our Mission

Balloons Over Rockbridge is a 501(c)3 non-profit community group created to bring the balloons back to Rockbridge County for the enjoyment of the whole community and also to help raise funds and awareness for local charities and non-profit organizations through our annual July Hot Air Balloon Festival.  The event is a major fundraiser for two or three selected local charities each year.


Our Balloons Over Rockbridge Festival is held at the Oak Hill Cross Country Course at the Virginia Horse Center across the road from the main coliseum. 


Funds from our

2019 Balloons Over Rockbridge festival

went to

Project Horizon's Lisa's House and For the Children Child Advocacy Center, True Mission:Virginia/Street Ransom and

Team RWB

Project Horizon

Since 1982, Project Horizon has served victims of dating, domestic, and sexual violence. What began as the vision of a small group of women around a kitchen table has grown into a comprehensive, accredited program serving the people of the Rockbridge community. From working directly with survivors and the victims to providing education and violence prevention programs, Project Horizon is a recognized leader in efforts locally and statewide to address the pervasive problem of domestic and sexual violence.




Street Ransom

TrueMission: Virginia is committed to provide longterm residential aftercare to minors rescued from trafficking here in the east coast region of the US.


Street Ransom was founded as a ministry of Straight Street Roanoke Valley in 2014. Our mission is to empower the lives of those affected by sexual exploitation through awareness and aftercare.





Team Red White and Blue

Our chapters deliver local, consistent, and inclusive opportunities for veterans to connect through physical and social activity. They host regular fitness activities, social gatherings and community service events, and facilitate building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community. 



The 2018 festival beneficiary was Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center located at the Virginia Horse Center. Check out their great program for individuals of all ages with all types of challenges! 


The 2017 Balloons Over Rockbridge Festival was held July 3-5, 2017 and funds raised benefited the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Rockbridge.

If you enjoyed our festival please consider making a donation to help the fun continue while supporting our local charities.

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