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    Frank Bart from Tampa, Florida, tests his pair of burners, as he and his crew assembles the hot air balloon at sunrise Saturday at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. Looking on is crew member Brian Michaud of Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Tiffany Sinclair of Lewiston, right, watches with her 15-month son, Trent, as the balloons are being set up to launch at sunrise at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Jennifer Eaton of Lewiston looks at the hot air balloon action as her daughter, Wynter Lily McCoach, 5, takes photos at the Great Falls Balloon Festival Saturday in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    The crew of Frank Bart's' Firefly balloon initially fills the balloon using a fan until it gets big enough to be lifted into the air with the heat from the burners at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. on Saturday. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Frank Bart of Tampa, Florida, uses his burners to fill his Firefly balloon with hot air as crew member, Bert Levesque, right, holds on tightly. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Frank Bart of Tampa, Florida, begins his liftoff of the first balloon to go up a little after sunrise at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston on Saturday. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Balloon riders Giselle St. Amand, left, Rita Ouellette and Kendra Bailey, all of the Lewiston-Auburn area, show their exhilaration as the crew begins the releasing of the hot air balloon piloted by Bill Colyer Saturday at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Donna Gallagher of Lewiston holds on tightly as the balloon from Damn Yankee Balloon is initially filled with air from a fan Saturday at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Karen Girardin of Lewiston and Brenda Grondin of Durham wave to the crowd as they rise up fast in the Re/Max balloon piloted by Chris Mooney Saturday at the Great Falls Balloon in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Three of the first four balloons of the morning rise over the Auburn area Saturday at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Jessica Rickett of Portland and her three children, Jack Copeland, 2, Ellie Rickett, 4, and Amber Copeland, 3, struggle with their replica hot air balloons as they leave the grounds after watching the hot air balloons launch Saturday at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    Shawnee Treadwell of Auburn, and Helen and Karl Treadwell of Lyman take photos of the hot air balloons as they are filled. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer)

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    Discover Balloons of Albuquerque, New Mexico, stay tethered to the ground so people can view them. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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    This Planet Earth Balloon, piloted and owned by Doug Grimes, is made of 436 panels from digital photographs taken of the Earth by astronauts in the Apollo 17 and Space Shuttle. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

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