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Hot air balloons take over Lawrence County skies

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UNION TWP., Lawrence Co., Pa. -

Colorful basket-carrying balloons will dot the skies over Lawrence County during this weekend's Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest.

The hot air balloon festival is hosted by local balloon pilots and the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Balloon Quest begins Thursday night at 6:00 and continues every day through Sunday.

The festival will be held at Scotland Meadows Park at 2106 Camden Avenue in Union Township.

Spectators can view the twenty balloons daily Friday to Sunday, as well as check out various amusement rides, games, music, and food.

Thursday night will feature the "Hot Air Balloon Glow".  The Balloon Glow, according to the festival, consists of the balloons inflating and lighting themselves from within like giant light bulbs.

There will also be a fireworks display on Saturday night.

Parking and admission to the Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest is free, and all proceeds from rides and food will benefit the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The UTFD says that they are not allowed to sell hot air balloon rides, but those interested can contact a balloonist to make arrangements.  

All hot air balloon launches and rides, the fire department reminds, are weather permitting.  

More information about the festival can be found at their website.

A full schedule of events is listed below:

Thursday July 14th
6:00 - 11:00pm  Gates Open
6:30 - 9:30pm  DJ Tony Tunez
9:15pm  Hot Air Balloon Glow

Friday July 15th
5:00 - 11:00pm  Gates Open
6:30 - 7:30pm  Hot Air Balloon Launch
6:30 - 9:30pm  DJ Tony Tunez  

Saturday July 16th
6:30 - 7:30am  Hot Air Balloon Launch
7:00 - 10:00am  Union Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
1:00 - 11:00pm  Gates Open 
6:30 - 7:30pm  Hot Air Balloon Launch 
6:30 - 10:30pm  DJ Matthew Swegan
10:30pm  Fireworks

Sunday July 17th
6:30 - 7:30am  Hot Air Balloon Launch 

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