[August 27, 2013]
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Saturday night was the perfect
evening for the final glow of the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival.
The late afternoon was breezy, but toward 6 p.m. the breeze died
down and the launch went off without a hitch.
Once the balloons had taken to
the air, masses of people waited expectantly for their return and
the last glow of the year.
While they waited, some chose
to grab a snack, sandwich or a cold drink. Others enjoyed
visiting with friends and family, and some took advantage of the
balloon-free runway to stretch their legs.
When the balloonists returned
and began unloading their baskets, many spectators once again
returned to the grass runway to get close-up views of what was going
As the balloons formed a
single line and went through their paces at the call of the
announcer, the crowds cheered and offered encouragement when the
announcer sought their assistance.
Pictures by Nila Smith