To the delight of thousands, Friday night took a turn for the better. With early drizzle and strong winds it didn't look like the balloons would be able to work their colored magic on the skies. But by 7 p.m. things calmed down enough for balloons to launch and others to tether in place.

Picture by Mike Fak  (Click on picture for larger image.)

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