Inaugural Duluth hot air balloon festival kicks off

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Le Festival des Montgolfieres a Duluth or Duluth Balloon festival has descended on Duluth, where nearly a dozen brilliantly decorated balloons will soar high above Bayfront Festival Park.

The festival is entirely weather dependent and on Friday winds were too strong for the balloons to launch.

It's the first time in 120 years that balloons will fly over of Duluth.

In total, 11 hot air balloons will take to the skies over the course of the three day festival.

Balloon launches are planned, weather dependent, both before sunrise and sunset over the weekend.

Organizers say free tethered rides will be given to festival goers on a first come, first serve basis.

"Well we have 50 golden tickets that were randomly drawn to winners, now they'll get the first opportunity to go during one of those windows and those windows are looking positive. It's very possible that we could get through those first 50 balloon riders then it will become a first come, first serve basis," said Ryan Kern, festival director.

In addition to the balloon rides, there will be live music on stage all day Saturday and a Craft Brew Village in the corner of the park.

On Saturday, Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth will be providing free kites to children to be able to fly in Bayfront Festival Park.

The festival is free and open to the public and runs through Sunday.

Click here for more information on this weekends Duluth Balloon Festival.

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