Twenty-eight hot air balloon pilots from northern California, Oregon and Nevada are expected to participate in this weekend’s annual 2010 Montague Balloon Fair.

Fair-goers will be able to feel the sensation of riding a balloon by taking a free tethered ride with pilot David Wakefield.

The fair, put on by the Rotary Club of Shasta Valley, includes dawn ascensions, entertainment, a farmers market, parade, RV camping, children’s activities and a chili cook-off.

More information is available at the Montague Balloon Fair page on Facebook.

The fair is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24, 25 and 26 in Montague. A scheduled of events follows:

Friday, Sept. 24

• Dawn ascension of Montague Balloon Fair balloons.

• 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. – Coffee and donuts available at launch site; provided by Shasta Valley Rotary.

• 7 to 11 a.m. – Breakfast available at launch site; provided by Elks.

• 6:30 p.m –. Cowboy Poetry and BBQ Chicken Dinner at Montague Community Hall; hosted by the Scott Valley Rotary. Cost is $22 per person; $20 in advance. Call 467-5346 for tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 25

• Dawn ascension of Montague Balloon Fair balloons.

• 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. – Coffee and donuts available at launch site; provided by Shasta Valley Rotary.

• 7 to 11 a.m. – Breakfast available at launch site; provided by the Elks.

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Farmers and Crafters Market, Chili Cook-Off, Children’s activities at Railroad Park, downtown Montague. For vendor information call 459-5051.

• 12:30 p.m. – Parade in downtown Montague; presented by Montague Community Association.

• 4:30 p.m. – BBQ Sirloin Dinner at launch site; presented by Shasta Valley Rotary Club. Tickets: $15, adults; $8, kids 5 to 12 years; under five years, free.

• Dusk – Balloonists Night Burn at launch site, weather permitting.

Sunday, Sept. 26

• Dawn ascension of Montague Balloon Fair balloons.

• 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. – Coffee and donuts available at launch site; provided by Shasta Valley Rotary.

• 7 to 11 a.m. – Breakfast available at launch site; provided by the Elks.
Public parking for the Balloon Fair is managed by the American Association of University Women and is their major fundraiser of the year. Although parking is free, donations are gratefully accepted.

Local merchants who help to make this weekend possible include Ms. Lynn’s Teas, Shepherd’s Dream, Tailgate Deli, Railroad Museum, Cortright’s Market and Deli, Montague Farmers Market Railroad Park, and Kathy’s Deli & Bakery.

Shasta Valley Rotary thanks the Montague Community Association for sponsoring the parade; Teresa Newton for all her work making it happen; the community for choosing to spend the weekend at the 2010 Montague Balloon Fair.