2021 Thurston Classic

June 18-19

The 32nd Anniversary of the Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event will resume in 2022

Schedule

Friday, June 18, 2021 and Saturday, June 19, 2021

2021 Ted Watts Tribute Flights

Watch out your windows Friday and Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend 2021 to catch a glimpse of hot air balloons as seven fellow pilots and friends of Ted Watts honor his memory with (2) fly-overs in Meadville Friday, June 18 at 7 pm and Saturday, June 19 at 7 am (weather permitting). Ted lost his life to COVID-19 complications this past October.

General Information

The Thurston Classic is open to the public - FREE of charge. THERE ARE NO RIDES OFFERED AT THE THURSTON CLASSIC!

Flights take place from Allegheny College Robertson Athletic Complex (204 Park Avenue, Meadville). Allegheny College properties are non-smoking facilities. All events are subject to weather which could cause cancellations or delays. Parking is limited. No seating is provided so bring lawn chairs or blankets. PLEASE COME EARLY!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

JOYCE STEVENS’ MEMORIAL NIGHT GLOW • Approximately 9:00 pm

Lawn seating and shuttle service available; limited handicapped area for parking/viewing will be provided. Balloons are inflated, tethered and appear as giant illuminated light bulbs against the evening sky. Food and drinks available. Official souvenirs on sale. Donations accepted. Shuttle service available at the complex. Come see “Rocket the Flying Squirrel”.

Friday, June 19, 2020

TIMBERCREEK TAP & TABLE’S “HARE & HOUND” • Approximately 6:30 pm

The competition begins as the Hare Balloon takes off, chased by the Hound Balloons to see who finds the Hare and scores closest to the target the Hare lays out at landing. Food and drinks available. Official souvenirs on sale. Donations accepted. Shuttle service available at the complex.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

SANCTIONED RACE #1 • Approximately 7:00 am

Balloons will be flying into the complex from outlying areas and pilots will attempt to score by tossing a bean bag from their balloon at a target laid on the ground. A truly spectacular sight!

SANCTIONED RACE #2 • Approximately 6:30 pm

Balloons will be inflated and lifting off from the complex. Food and drinks available. Official souvenirs on sale. Donations accepted. Shuttle service available at the complex.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

SANCTIONED RACE #3 • Approximately 7:00 am

Pilots will again be flying into the complex attempting to score on a target with a bean bag tossed from their balloons. A truly spectacular sight!