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Balloon Classic: Saturday's launch

Highlights from the launch Saturday morning during the 38th annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.

Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Freedom Flyer sails across Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Freedom Flyer sails across Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons float across Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons float across Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators surround the balloons as they prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators surround the balloons as they prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons sail over Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons sail over Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Aubrey Dreher of Denver takes a picture of the balloons launching Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. Dreher's friend Erin Morey, on the left, surprised Dreher on her birthday with a trip to the festival. The two drove to Colorado Spring at 4 a.m.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Aubrey Dreher of Denver takes a picture of the balloons launching Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. Dreher's friend Erin Morey, on the left, surprised Dreher on her birthday with a trip to the festival. The two drove to Colorado Spring at 4 a.m. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons touch-and-go on Prospect lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons touch-and-go on Prospect lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Flags connected to a balloon frame spectators as they watch the balloons prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Flags connected to a balloon frame spectators as they watch the balloons prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A crew fills an envelope with cool air while preparing to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A crew fills an envelope with cool air while preparing to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Rainbow balloon, owned by Mark and Gail Johnson of Phoenix, sails past 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Rainbow balloon, owned by Mark and Gail Johnson of Phoenix, sails past 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The rising sun casts shadows on an envelope as a crew prepares to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The rising sun casts shadows on an envelope as a crew prepares to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators watch as the balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Freedom Flyer sails across Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Freedom Flyer sails across Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons float across Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons float across Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators surround the balloons as they prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Spectators surround the balloons as they prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons sail over Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons sail over Memorial Park Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Aubrey Dreher of Denver takes a picture of the balloons launching Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. Dreher's friend Erin Morey, on the left, surprised Dreher on her birthday with a trip to the festival. The two drove to Colorado Spring at 4 a.m.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Aubrey Dreher of Denver takes a picture of the balloons launching Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. Dreher's friend Erin Morey, on the left, surprised Dreher on her birthday with a trip to the festival. The two drove to Colorado Spring at 4 a.m. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons touch-and-go on Prospect lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons touch-and-go on Prospect lake Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Flags connected to a balloon frame spectators as they watch the balloons prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Flags connected to a balloon frame spectators as they watch the balloons prepare to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A crew fills an envelope with cool air while preparing to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A crew fills an envelope with cool air while preparing to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Balloons launch into the clear skies Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Rainbow balloon, owned by Mark and Gail Johnson of Phoenix, sails past 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Rainbow balloon, owned by Mark and Gail Johnson of Phoenix, sails past 14,115-foot Pikes Peak Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The rising sun casts shadows on an envelope as a crew prepares to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The rising sun casts shadows on an envelope as a crew prepares to launch Saturday, Aug. 30. 2014, on the first morning of the 38th Annual Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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