One of the best summer events in Hendricks County is right around the corner! The Hendricks County Rib-Fest and Avon Balloon Glow returns on June 24. This celebration has become a local tradition, and this year promises to be another excellent, family-friendly event.

Whose ribs will be named the most delicious?Of course, one of the biggest draws at Rib-Fest is the food! Local restaurants will compete for "Best Ribs" and "Best Sauce" awards. There will also be a wide variety of local food vendors on site, serving up delicious barbecue and other tasty treats. You'll find everything from ribs to shaved ice!

Food is not the only reason to visit the Hendricks County Rib-Fest, however. The day will be full of fun for all ages. Some of the activities include:

  • Live music 
  • Tethered balloon rides 
  • A mascot dash
  • Inflatables 
  • Kids games
  • Shopping from local vendors
  • 5K Rib Run
  • Kids Fun Run
  • Indiana Pacers Fan VanYou won't want to miss the beauty of the Avon Balloon Glow!

But you absolutely won't want to miss one of the biggest events of the evening, the Avon Balloon Glow. As the sun goes down, hot air balloons will fill the sky, creating a beautiful image, as they light up to music. Trust me when I say that this is a sight you'll want to see in person!

Following the Balloon Glow, there will be an awesome fireworks display. It's the perfect end to an amazing day of summer fun. We recommend bringing along a blanket or lawn chair so you can comfortably enjoy the show!

Here's what you need to know about the Hendricks County Rib-Fest and Avon Balloon Glow:

  • When: Saturday, June 24 from 4 p.m. until dark.
  • Where: Kingsway Christian Church, 7981 E. County Road 100 North in Avon.
  • Admission: FREE, but there is a $5 parking charge and be sure to bring cash for food, shopping and other activities! You can purchase tickets for the tethered balloon rides here.