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BFA National Convention 2021


April 8-10, 2021

Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

Topeka Kansas


   The Balloon Federation of America is thrilled to announce the 2021 National Convention. It will be held in Topeka, Kansas on April 8-10, 2021. The Convention will be at the Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center located at 1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612.

   On March 26, 1961 the BFA was founded and will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary. The BFA National Conventions are held once every three or four years, for balloonists, by balloonists and includes World Class Speakers, a Trade Show with Industry leaders, Receptions and a Banquet. The Convention is your opportunity to exchange ideas, gain valuable knowledge with fellow ballooning enthusiasts and explore visions for the future of the sport of hot-air ballooning. In this regard, education and enrichment programs play an important part. Renew acquaintances and make new ones.baskets

   The Convention Committee has developed a varied educational program, which is sure to be of interest to balloon enthusiasts of all types. Sessions are scheduled multiple times to include: Weather, Training, Pre-Flight Planning, Landing Safety, Pilot Decision Making, Tips to Compete, Technology Practices, Manufacturers and many more topics. 

   There will be a trade show during the convention where you can see the latest equipment and technologies for hot-air balloons. The Convention is sure to be exciting, fun, and educational. Please help spread the word to the ballooning community by sharing this invitation with your friends and everyone interested in ballooning.




            Early Registration                    July 1st- Oct. 31st, 2020           $279.00

            *Family Registration*                                                               $210.00

            **Safety Seminar**                                                                  $149.00


            Regular Registration               Nov. 1, 2020-Jan. 31st, 2021    $299.00

            *Family Registration*                                                               $230.00

            **Safety Seminar**                                                                  $169.00


            Late Registration                     Feb. 1-April 8, 2021                $319.00      

            * Family Registration*                                                             $250.00

            **Safety Seminar**                                                                 $189.00                                                   


          Additional Saturday evening Banquet tickets                             $55.00


Early, Regular and Late Registration is considered “Full Registration” and participants will receive a Welcome Packet, Safety Seminar Credit for attending the appropriate number of speaking sessions, Trade Show Admission, Two Evening Receptions on Thursday April 8 and Friday April 9, Two Complimentary Continental Breakfasts on Friday April 9 and Saturday April 10 and the Banquet Saturday Evening April 10,  


*Family Registration* is available for any family member only after a “Full Registration” is purchased. Family Registration participants receive the “Full Registration” benefits.


**Safety Seminar** will receive Safety Seminar Credit for attending the appropriate sessions, Two Complimentary Continental Breakfasts. However this registration will NOT receive the Two Receptions and the Banquet.  





The Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center is the Official Hotel of the 2021 BFA National Convention and is the site of the Convention. The Capital Plaza is located at 1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612.

Currently no hotel reservations are being made. We will announce when the hotel can accept reservations.

Special Convention room rates are available. To reserve your room you can call toll free at 800-579-7937 or locally at 785-431-7200 and use the group code BFAN. You may also reserve your room by using the link:





  • Airport: The Capital Plaza Hotel is only one hour from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). 
  • Parking at the Capital Plaza: Abundant free ground level parking is available. 
  • Driving: Topeka, Kansas is located on Interstate 70 a short drive west of Kansas City. The Capital Plaza Hotel is one mile south of downtown Topeka.


See you in April of 2021,

Tim Cloyd

Chairman, BFA 2021 Convention