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PHOTOS: Hillsboro Balloon Festival

  • Honi Glover, of Hollis, and a team of volunteers work to prepare the balloon, Amazing Grace, for lift off at Grimes Field during the Hillsboro Balloon Festival on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013. A few months ago, Honi turned 80 and said she started ballooning in 1986 because it was something different to try. A typical flight is about an hour, depending on wind and weather conditions.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Honi Glover, of Hollis, and a team of volunteers work to prepare the balloon, Amazing Grace, for lift off at Grimes Field during the Hillsboro Balloon Festival on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013. A few months ago, Honi turned 80 and said she started ballooning in 1986 because it was something different to try. A typical flight is about an hour, depending on wind and weather conditions.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Eric Bernard, of Bedford, helps prepare the balloon, Amazing Grace, for liftoff which was piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Eric Bernard, of Bedford, helps prepare the balloon, Amazing Grace, for liftoff which was piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • After lifting off from Grimes Field in Hillsboro, a pilot grazes the top of a nearby tree Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival. A typical balloon has around a 60 foot diameter and can carry 3-5 people. Early-morning and evening flights are preferred for several reasons, one being calmer winds.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    After lifting off from Grimes Field in Hillsboro, a pilot grazes the top of a nearby tree Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival. A typical balloon has around a 60 foot diameter and can carry 3-5 people. Early-morning and evening flights are preferred for several reasons, one being calmer winds.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Jim Duthie, of Hillsboro, holds a rope while volunteering to launch the balloon, Amazing Grace, piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Jim Duthie, of Hillsboro, holds a rope while volunteering to launch the balloon, Amazing Grace, piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Eric Bernard, of Bedford, hops in a truck to track Amazing Grace, the balloon piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Eric Bernard, of Bedford, hops in a truck to track Amazing Grace, the balloon piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Honi Glover, of Hollis, and a team of volunteers work to prepare the balloon, Amazing Grace, for lift off at Grimes Field during the Hillsboro Balloon Festival on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013. A few months ago, Honi turned 80 and said she started ballooning in 1986 because it was something different to try. A typical flight is about an hour, depending on wind and weather conditions.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Eric Bernard, of Bedford, helps prepare the balloon, Amazing Grace, for liftoff which was piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • After lifting off from Grimes Field in Hillsboro, a pilot grazes the top of a nearby tree Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival. A typical balloon has around a 60 foot diameter and can carry 3-5 people. Early-morning and evening flights are preferred for several reasons, one being calmer winds.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Jim Duthie, of Hillsboro, holds a rope while volunteering to launch the balloon, Amazing Grace, piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Eric Bernard, of Bedford, hops in a truck to track Amazing Grace, the balloon piloted by Honi Glover, of Hollis, on Saturday morning, July 20, 2013, during the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

P eople took to the skies yesterday for the annual Hillsboro Balloon Festival at Grimes Field. Balloon enthusiasts were treated to clear, sunny skies.

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