THE MORNING SKY in Lewiston was dotted with hot air balloons today as the first launch of the 2012 Great Falls Balloon Festival kicked off it’s 20th year. The festival is free and takes place in Simard-Payne Memorial Park. The balloons will continue to launch every day at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Sunday. Hunter Laplante, 4 1/2, holds a small replica balloon prior to this morning’s launch. See photo on A1.

THE MORNING SKY in Lewiston was dotted with hot air balloons today as the first launch of the 2012 Great Falls Balloon Festival kicked off it’s 20th year. The festival is free and takes place in Simard-Payne Memorial Park. The balloons will continue to launch every day at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Sunday. Hunter Laplante, 4 1/2, holds a small replica balloon prior to this morning’s launch. See photo on A1.

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