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Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

Highlights from the balloon festival Labor Day Weekend at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs. Photos by The Gazette photo staff

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The balloons drew thousands to the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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The Balloon Glow drew thousands on the first day of the Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

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A balloon eclipses the rising sun as it takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon eclipses the rising sun as it takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons begin to fill the field at Memorial Park as the second wave prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons begin to fill the field at Memorial Park as the second wave prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shadows of spectators are casted on a balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Shadows of spectators are casted on a balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A balloon touches the surface of Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon touches the surface of Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A balloon descends during a touch-and-go on Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, on the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon descends during a touch-and-go on Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, on the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A balloon touches the surface of Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon touches the surface of Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Prospect lake creates an abstact painting on it surface of a balloon attempting a touch-and-go Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Prospect lake creates an abstact painting on it surface of a balloon attempting a touch-and-go Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons begin to fill the field at Memorial Park as the second wave prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons begin to fill the field at Memorial Park as the second wave prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Contestants compete in the donut eating contest Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Contestants compete in the donut eating contest Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A balloon prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Incognito pilot Barbara Huhn prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Incognito pilot Barbara Huhn prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Incognito pilot Barbara Huhn prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Incognito pilot Barbara Huhn prepares to lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Bruce Amos helps fill the Incognito balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bruce Amos helps fill the Incognito balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Incognito balloon lifts off during the first wave Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Incognito balloon lifts off during the first wave Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A balloon crew adjusts their balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon crew adjusts their balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators watch as balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spectators watch as balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shadows of spectators are casted on a balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Shadows of spectators are casted on a balloon Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Spectators watch as balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spectators watch as balloons float over Prospect Lake Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A crab-shaped balloon lifts off during the second wave Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, on the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A crab-shaped balloon lifts off during the second wave Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, on the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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David Kaley of Colorado Springs photographs the balloons as the second wave takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
David Kaley of Colorado Springs photographs the balloons as the second wave takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A crab-shaped balloon lifts off during the second wave Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, on the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A crab-shaped balloon lifts off during the second wave Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, on the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of  the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Balloons lift off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the first day of the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. The balloon festival runs through Monday morning. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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