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PHOTOS: Pittsfield Balloon Festival lifts off

  • Despite a delay for winds, the balloons took off and made their way over the Suncook River as the sun set on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Despite a delay for winds, the balloons took off and made their way over the Suncook River as the sun set on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Stacy Gravel, of Chichester, stands in line for a helicopter ride at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. Helicopter rides were offered for $25 a person. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Stacy Gravel, of Chichester, stands in line for a helicopter ride at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. Helicopter rides were offered for $25 a person.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Layla Rose Thorne, 6, rides the chair swings during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Layla Rose Thorne, 6, rides the chair swings during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Apple View Orchard, of Pittsfield, gets their balloon ready to take off during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Apple View Orchard, of Pittsfield, gets their balloon ready to take off during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dylan Cook, 10, of Pittsfield, poses for a photo near the midway games on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dylan Cook, 10, of Pittsfield, poses for a photo near the midway games on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dylan Cook, 10, of Pittsfield, poses for a photo near the midway games on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dylan Cook, 10, of Pittsfield, poses for a photo near the midway games on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Trisha Gage, of Pittsfield, watches her son on a ride during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Trisha Gage, of Pittsfield, watches her son on a ride during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Timmy Smith, 7, laughs after dunking Roy Richardson in the dunk tank that the local cub scout pack had set up at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. Pack 84 uses the funds raised from the tank, three throws for a dollar, for badges, uniforms and other organizational material. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Timmy Smith, 7, laughs after dunking Roy Richardson in the dunk tank that the local cub scout pack had set up at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. Pack 84 uses the funds raised from the tank, three throws for a dollar, for badges, uniforms and other organizational material.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Grace Steck-Yeaton, center, laughs with her family who traveled from Auburn while eating some fried pickles during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Grace Steck-Yeaton, center, laughs with her family who traveled from Auburn while eating some fried pickles during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Jodi Marceau, of Laconia, and her daughter Kylie, 11, walk through two balloons getting ready to launch on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Jodi Marceau, of Laconia, and her daughter Kylie, 11, walk through two balloons getting ready to launch on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Cheryl Parkinson, of Warner, paddles on the Suncook River while watching the hot air balloons on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Cheryl Parkinson, of Warner, paddles on the Suncook River while watching the hot air balloons on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dylan Atkinson, 14, of Pittsfield, poses for a portrait with the framed photo of a deer he won while playing the dart game on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dylan Atkinson, 14, of Pittsfield, poses for a portrait with the framed photo of a deer he won while playing the dart game on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Despite a delay for winds, the balloons took off and made their way over the Suncook River as the sun set on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Stacy Gravel, of Chichester, stands in line for a helicopter ride at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. Helicopter rides were offered for $25 a person. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Layla Rose Thorne, 6, rides the chair swings during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Apple View Orchard, of Pittsfield, gets their balloon ready to take off during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dylan Cook, 10, of Pittsfield, poses for a photo near the midway games on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dylan Cook, 10, of Pittsfield, poses for a photo near the midway games on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Trisha Gage, of Pittsfield, watches her son on a ride during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Timmy Smith, 7, laughs after dunking Roy Richardson in the dunk tank that the local cub scout pack had set up at the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. Pack 84 uses the funds raised from the tank, three throws for a dollar, for badges, uniforms and other organizational material. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Grace Steck-Yeaton, center, laughs with her family who traveled from Auburn while eating some fried pickles during the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Jodi Marceau, of Laconia, and her daughter Kylie, 11, walk through two balloons getting ready to launch on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Cheryl Parkinson, of Warner, paddles on the Suncook River while watching the hot air balloons on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dylan Atkinson, 14, of Pittsfield, poses for a portrait with the framed photo of a deer he won while playing the dart game on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Despite a delay for winds, a pack of hot air balloons took off and made their way over the Suncook River as the sun set on the first evening of the Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield on August 2, 2013. The festival will continue through the weekend with balloons lifting off on Saturday at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm as well as Sunday at 5:30 am.

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