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Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 27-31

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A countdown clock ticks away the seconds, minutes, hours and days to something either terrible or wondrous. At spiritofboise.com, it is definitely the latter as excitement builds for the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.

At the end of August, the early morning skies above Boise are dotted with a kaleidoscope of colors and the hiss of burners as hot-air balloons take flight from Ann Morrison Park. The public is invited each morning of the Classic to watch the balloons be inflated and launched into the air. Wednesday is Kids' Day, which means kids get to take a ride--a short tethered one, but still--in one of about 15 balloons. About 50 balloons take off Friday morning and again at dusk for the Nite Glow parade, and, Sunday, all 50 balloons launch in the morning for a spectacular display.

All launches are weather permitting, and Spirit organizers have provided a page of spectator tips at spiritofboise.com to help make the event fun and successful for everyone involved.