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A Few Highlights From Past Hudson Valley Balloon Festivals

Balloons are inflated for a sunrise mass launch the 2013 HV Balloon Festival. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Balloons navigate the Walkway and the Mid-Hudson Bridge during the 2013 festival on the Hudson. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Hot air balloons prepare to lift off during the 2014 festival. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A mass launch at the 2013 festival on the Hudson. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Balloons are inflated prior to a mass launch at the 2013 festival. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Balloons take off during a mass launch at the 2014 festival. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A balloon stays above water at the 2013 festival. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

POUGHQUAG, N.Y. - In honor of the 2016 Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival taking place at Barton Orchards this weekend, here's a look at some highlights from recent festivals, from launches at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse.

This year's festival got off to a slow start Friday due to bad weather, but organizers were hoping for better weather Saturday, and Sunday looks like the best possible day for launches.

Mass launches are planned for 6 a.m. and p.m. both days. Activities are planned at Barton Orchards for both days as well.

For more info on the balloon festival, check out www.dcrcoc.org

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