The Kind of Hot Air We Like

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In a scene reminiscent of Boise's River Festival—which hasn't seen a sunrise since 2003—the early morning skies over Ann Morrison Park were filled with hot air balloons today. Promoters are calling the four-day event, "The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic."

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More than 20 hot air balloon launched right about 7:45 a.m., giving commuters quite a pleasant reason to rubberneck, in a tip of the hat to the 100 year anniversary of flight in Idaho. Didn't wake up to see them? Not to worry. Below are a few snaps or better yet, crawl out of bed on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when they'll have a repeat performance. Not an early-bird? A "night-glow" launch and concert is set for Saturday night.