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Despite less than idea conditions for a launch, the 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival did the next best thing — balloonists displayed their possessions at Erie High School. (Andrew Pinckney/Staff Writer)
Despite less than idea conditions for a launch, the 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival did the next best thing — balloonists displayed their possessions at Erie High School. (Andrew Pinckney/Staff Writer)
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Hundreds of residents and balloon enthusiasts braved the cold weather early Sunday at a downsized 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival.

A balloonist fills an envelope with hot air at the 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival on Sunday morning. (Andrew Pinckney/ Staff Writer)
A balloonist fills an envelope with hot air at the 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival onSunday morning. (Andrew Pinckney/ Staff Writer)

The event, hosted each year by the Erie Chamber of Commerce, brought a few hot air balloons out to County Road 5 and ready to soar in to clear skies. However, because of conditions in a field traditionally used for the event, balloon owners and participants modified their plans and setup at Erie High School for a quick ground burn.

It was a welcomed sight for attendees a bit disappointed from the scrubbed launch.

Spectator mingle at the 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival at Erie High School on Sunday. (Andrew Pinckney/Staff Writer)
Spectators mingle at the 25th annual Erie Balloon Festival at Erie High School on Sunday. (Andrew Pinckney/Staff Writer)

 

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