Dozens of hot air balloons launched from the field at Memorial Park early Saturday morning, kicking off the first day of Colorado Springs' 45th Labor Day Lift Off event, which runs through Monday.

Wind kept many of the balloons from inflating on Saturday night's Ballon Glow, but with sunny skies in the forecast, the weather wasn't expected to put a damper on the the rest of the weekend's festivities.

This year's Labor Day Lift Off event features nearly 80 different balloons, including seven specially-shaped balloons (look out for a sloth, the ever-popular crab and various cartoon characters). 

If you'll be snapping photos this weekend, be sure to enter them into the Labor Day Lift Off photo contest.  Upload your photos here for a chance to win free pizza dinners once a month for a year from Louie's Pizza. 

You can see the full schedule for the rest of the weekend's event below:

Morning schedule: Park opens at 5:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday; beer/mimosa garden opens, 6:45 a.m.; balloons lift off, 7 a.m.; U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue skydivers, 9 a.m. Sunday; Team USA welcome home, 6:30 a.m. Monday; live music, 8:30 a.m. 

Afternoon schedule: Park opens at 3:30 p.m. Sunday; Battle of the Bands, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; beer/mimosa garden opens, 4 p.m.; aerial acrobats show, 4:30-8:30 p.m.; remote control balloon display, 6 p.m.; live music, 6 p.m.; Balloon Glow, 7 p.m.; live music, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

For Labor Day Lift Off emergency alerts you can text "LDLO21" to 888-777.



Check out photos from Friday's Media Preview Day: 


Get more info on parking, balloon rides and street closures here: 


And read more about the event and its Balloon Meister here: 

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