If you go

What: 17th annual Erie Balloon Festival

When: 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Colorado National Golf Course

More information: eriechamber.org

The skies above Erie were filled with colorful hot air balloons early this morning as this weekend's 17th annual Erie Balloon Festival kicked off.

The festival is part of the annual Erie Town Fair, which continues Saturday and Sunday in downtown Erie.

In addition to a 6 a.m. balloon launch from the Colorado National Golf course each morning, the festival will feature more than 200 craft and food vendors, performances on stage by local groups and traditional carnival games at the Coal Creek Park, plus a car show hosted by the Garage Rats Car Club.