Plainville Hot Air Balloon Fest kicks off this weekend - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Plainville Hot Air Balloon Fest kicks off this weekend

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PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

It's an end-of-the-summer favorite amongst families and it kicks off on Friday afternoon.

The 2017 Plainville Fire Company's Hot Air Balloon Festival runs from Aug. 25 through Aug. 27 at Norton Park on South Washington Street in Plainville.

Up to 30,000 people are expected to attend the hot air balloon festival.

Right now people are staking out spots on the grass to watch the balloon glow and fireworks later tonight.

There are three balloon launches this weekend starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

30 balloons will be up in the sky for each one.

This year organizers say there are more than 130 vendors.

The festival is organized by the Plainville Volunteer Fire Company. While it's a free event, firefighters do cash in with the food tent. They rely heavily on this annual festival to fund about $7,000 in scholarship money for students.

The cochair says this is the biggest festival yet.

"We got it. We got beautiful weather. There's things for mom, there's things for dad, I mean there's a crafts show there's a car show tomorrow. This year has been a pretty static year for growth. There will probably be 16,000-18,000 people in the park tonight. When the fireworks go off I'll be a happy guy," Jim Lenois, of the Plainville Fire Company Hot Air Balloon Festival, said.

This festival takes an entire year to organize.

The balloon glow is at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks go off a couple hours after that.

So a few days for everyone to come out and enjoy the hot air balloon festival this weekend.

Then volunteers go right back to planning again for next year.

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