Oklahoma City Balloon Festival canceled after land lease is terminated

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on July 28, 2017 shows hot air-balloons at the Chambley-Bussieres airbase, near Hageville, eastern France, before the world record attempt of the biggest line with 456 balloons on July 28, 2017 as part of the biennal event "Mondial Air Ballons", an international air-balloon meeting. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN (Photo credit should read JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY – An event that was going to send dozens of hot air balloons into the skies over the Oklahoma City area has been canceled.

The Oklahoma City Balloon Festival was scheduled to take place from Aug. 24 through Aug. 27 at Chisholm Creek in Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday afternoon, Chisholm Creek announced that it has terminated the land lease for the festival.

“We regret to announce that we have terminated the land lease agreement with the event organizer OKC Balloon Festival, LLC for failure to meet the necessary requirements. Chisholm Creek has high standards to uphold in service to our patrons and tenants, and we did not have confidence in the organizer’s ability to successfully execute an event of this capacity. We are disappointed that the event organizer, who is not affiliated with Chisholm Creek, was not able to keep their commitments for the OKC Balloon Festival,” a statement from Chisholm Creek read.

A short time later, the Oklahoma City Balloon Festival sent NewsChannel 4 the following response:

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are sad to announce the cancellation of the OKC Balloon Festival for 2017. Full refunds will be provided automatically and we apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately, this is the second event at Chisholm Creek that we have had to cancel as a business within a five week period, but ultimately we all have to be able to put on an event that meets the expectations of the public and if we are unable to do that then we owe it to everyone to cancel.

If anyone has any specific questions regarding refunds, please email info@okcbf.com. Refunds should take between 2 to 5 business days.”