2023 is the 47th year the Great Pershing Balloon Derby has held Balloon Federation of America sanctioning. This is the Longest Running Continuously Sanctioned Balloon Event in the Nation.
We are located in Brookfield which is in North Central Missouri.
We have between 35 - 40 sponsored balloons during our event. The sponsors are local families, businesses, and organizations. All balloons are sponsored.
Rides are not available to the general public during our event.
We have concessions available at our Launch Site during the evening flights.
There is a balloonist's parade in Downtown Brookfield on Saturday that is one of a kind.
Our Launch Site is located 5 miles west of Brookfield, 2 miles north of blacktop FF. There, a gracious farmer's hay field is turned into our Launch Site for the weekend.
We have 3 scheduled sanctioned flights that will launch from, fly over, or land at our Launch Site.
We have 2 scheduled night glows at our Launch Site during the weekend.