Even grounded, balloons make a striking sight

August 29, 2013 

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The 22nd Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was grounded by weather on Thursday morning, but pilots inflated their balloons anyway at Ann Morrison Park, as a colorful sight for early-morning risers.

KATHERINE JONES — kjones@idahostatesman.com Buy Photo

— The 22nd Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was grounded by weather on Thursday morning, but pilots inflated their balloons anyway at Ann Morrison Park, as a colorful sight for early-morning risers.

"I'd rather be safe than sorry," said Rorique Toye, student pilot for Sweet Escape, the yellow balloon on the right. "Today was one of those days."

Balloons will fly again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, plus the traditional Nite Glow on Friday evening. Here's the schedule for the event:

BALLOON SCHEDULE

- Hot air balloons take off beginning at about 7 a.m. Aug. 28-Sept. 1 from Ann Morrison Park. The pilots — who come from all across the country — will compete at different tasks each day.

- Aug. 30 is the popular Nite Glow and Concert. The event starts at 6 p.m. The balloons will light up at dusk to music from Boise’s Big Wow Band.

- Sept. 1 is the grand finale “Great Launch” and “Last Dance” at about 7 a.m.

All events are free.

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