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June 13, 2013

Soggy field kills Thurston Classic's Night Glow; remaining events still on

MEADVILLE — The popular Night Glow event at the 25th annual Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event was canceled on Thursday because Allegheny College’s Robertson Field on Meadville’s upper Park Avenue extension was too wet following a bevy of rain that hit the area Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Organizers are hopeful the rest of the weekend’s events take place as planned, including the special launch of a gas balloon today or Saturday.

The following is the remaining 2013 Thurston Classic schedule:

Today

- Live broadcasts on FROGGY, WUZZ and MAJIC radio — 5 to 7 p.m.

- Sponsor’s flight — 6 p.m.

Food and drinks are available on site. Official souvenirs on sale. Balloons will be inflated and lift off from the complex.

Saturday

- Sanctioned race No. 1 — 7 a.m.

Official souvenirs on sale. Balloons will fly into the complex from outlying areas and pilots will attempt to hit a specific target on the ground with baggies tossed from their balloons.

- Live broadcasts on FROGGY, WUZZ and MAJIC radio — 5 to 7 p.m.

- Sanctioned race No. 2 — 6:30 p.m.

Food and drinks are available on site. Official souvenirs on sale. Balloons will lift off from the complex.

Sunday

- Sanctioned race No. 1 — 7 a.m.

Balloons will fly into the complex from outlying areas and pilots will attempt to hit a specific target on the ground with baggies tossed from their balloons.

Note: All balloon launches are subject to weather conditions. Unsuitable weather can cause cancellation or delays. All times are approximate.

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