We went to our first ever hot air balloon event. This was the 22nd year that the Thurston Classic has been held in Meadville. Attracting 30,000 - 35,000 spectators, the Thurston Classic consists of events and balloon races over three days. While there was more waiting around for perfect weather conditions than I anticipated, the view was spectacular once the balloons went up.
The kids and their cousins during the long wait. The race, scheduled for 6 pm, finally started after 7 pm. Although the weather was perfect, it was so warm that conditions could change quickly and officials decided to wait until it cooled down a bit.
The baskets and balloons, waiting to get the all clear.
The balloons as they inflate.