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Travel tip: Hot air balloons to gather in Meadville for annual event

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, June 4, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
The annual Thurston Classic hot air balloon event returns to Meadville from June 14 through 17.
The annual Thurston Classic hot air balloon event returns to Meadville from June 14 through 17.

The 19th-century hot air ballooning hobby of a Meadville family is now commemorated every June with the Thurston Classic hot air balloon event.

This year's festival is set for June 14-17 at the Allegheny College Robertson Athletic Complex in Meadville.

Opening night features the Joyce Stevens Memorial Night Glow, named for a former festival organizer, during which the tethered balloons are inflated to glow against the evening sky.

The following days feature a “Hare & Hound” test of balloon piloting skills and balloon races. More than two dozen balloons are expected.

Admission is free. Food, beverages and souvenirs are available; unfortunately, no balloon rides are offered.

Details: 814-336-4000 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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