CLINTON — Balloons in June, a colorful hot-air extravaganza, will be presented a seventh straight year from Thursday through Sunday.

The showy event will begin Thursday, with a night glow on Fifth Avenue South beginning at 8 p.m.

“This is a fun, family event,” said event organizer Paul Schneider of Clinton. “There is no entry fee for balloonists who participate and no admission fee for the public. We hope to have 25 or 30 balloonists on hand and we hope the weatherman cooperates giving us a colorful weekend.”

On Friday, a flight of 25 to 30 balloons is scheduled to take off from the Clinton airport at 6 p.m. Fifteen of them are scheduled to return for a night glow at the Clinton Municipal Airport beginning at approximately 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the balloons are scheduled for a flight at 6 a.m. A pancake breakfast will be held, with serving also to begin at 6 a.m.

Another balloon flight is set to begin at 6 p.m. with several returning for a night glow at approximately 8 p.m.

Another breakfast is scheduled for 6 a.m. on Sunday. An early morning balloon flight should begin at about the same time.

Food will be served by the Clinton County Cattlemen’s Association and Clinton County Pork Producers. Kettle corn will be available as will air rides and bounce rides for the kids.

New events on the schedule this year are a Q-C Volleyball Tournament and a keg-throwing contest. The grass volleyball tournament is open to the public and will take place Saturday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the airport site.

Q-C Volleyball was formed to provide information to the area volleyball community, promote the sport at all levels, ages and genders 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 be throwing a full keg while women will throw a half-barrel. Registration is available on site prior to the event.

Balloons in June is a free event because of sponsorship by Clinton and Clinton area businesses and private donations, said Schneider.

“We have fund-raising through the year and hope we make enough to meet expenses,” he said.

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