CLINTON — The eighth year of the hot-air extravaganza Balloons in June began Thursday night with a night glow.

The festivities will run through Sunday at the Clinton Municipal Airport, 2000 S. 60th St. Admission to Balloons in June is free.

The mass balloon ascension is planned for tonight and Saturday night at 6 p.m. A flight of 22 balloons will take off from the airport, with several returning for the night glow, where “balloons light up the night sky,” at 8 p.m.

Tethered balloon rides will be available tonight and Saturday from 6 p.m. until dusk for $10 per person.

Events will begin on Saturday and Sunday at 5:45 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The breakfast, presented by the Clinton Aero Club, will be served until 11 a.m.

Mass balloon ascensions begin during breakfast at 6 a.m.

Pilots of antique airplanes have been invited to this year’s event. They are scheduled to fly into the airport at 6 a.m. Saturday and their planes will be on display throughout the day.

For the second year in a row, Balloons in June will host a volleyball tournament and a keg-throwing contest on Saturday.

The grass volleyball tournament is coordinated by Q-C Volleyball. Check-in for the tournament is at 8 a.m, and play begins at 9 a.m.

Q-C Volleyball was formed to provide information to the area volleyball community, promote the sport at all levels and to people of ages and gender throughout the Quad-Cities and surrounding area, with an emphasis on supporting local youth volleyball programs.

The keg-throwing contest will begin at noon Saturday. Entry fees are $2 per person and participants must be 18 or older. Men will throw a full keg while women will throw a half barrel. Registration is available on site prior to the event. The event also includes a craft fair and concessions throughout the weekend. A moon walk will be available for children.

Balloons in June is organized by local hot-air balloon enthusiast Paul Schneider.

“We’re always excited about having all the balloons here,” Schneider said. “You get to meet a lot of new people; we’ve got a couple new balloons coming that haven’t been here before.”

Schneider said the weather could clear quickly so all events will take place as scheduled.