Sunny skies and good conditions for launch this morning greeted the second day of the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston and Auburn.

The three-day festival features about 30 balloons, launching twice each day and taking to the skies over the Androscoggin River. The balloons launched at 6 a.m. today from Simard Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston and Festival Plaza in Auburn. A second launching is planned for 6 p.m.

The lineup of activities today includes an 11 a.m. parade beginning at Spring Street in front of the Auburn Public Library.

A Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday on the Lewiston side of the river. It will feature a diaper derby, balloon model demonstration, Mad Science demos, a roaming magician, face painters, a petting zoo and many more activities for children.

The festival was started in 1992 and has attracted crowds of about 100,000 people in recent years.

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