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21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
Date: 8/17/2013 Album ID: 1692506
Photos by John Patriquin
20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Joe Caputo and Lori Braverman from Pittston, Me. spread out the envelope of their balloon as they are among the 20 balloons that took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Pilot Joe Caputo fires up the burner as he was among 20 balloons to take off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Some of the 20 balloons that took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival. Including the large crab in the center.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. All smiles aboard the Firefly as 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Pilot Joel Jones from Seale, AL. showed up early to set up his balloon called Windspirit as he was among 20 balloons to take off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013.  Joe Caputo from Pittston, Me. readies his balloon as 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Pilots Rick Jones, Joe Caputo, Derald Young and Joel Jones watch trial balloons for wind direction prior to launching their balloons from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Crewmembers inflate one of 20 balloons that took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. 6yr. old Ava Wright from Auburn gets a inside view with crewmember Linda Rackley prior to flight as 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Pilot Joe Caputo does a last minute check inside the envelope as he and 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. Pilot Jason Boucher regulates the burner as he and 20 balloons took off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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John Patriquin/StaffPhotographer: Friday August 16, 2013. A large penguin was among the first of the 20 balloons to take off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.
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