Updated 7:25 pm: Some crews are firing their burners for show. The Elvis Tribute balloon might inflate for moon glow if the wind dies.
Updated 7:02 p.m.: There is no launches tonight, and it doesn’t look like there will be any inflation. We’re calling it a night. Hopefully we will have a launch livestream at 6 a.m. Saturday. See you tomorrow.
Updated 6:18 p.m.: Balloon crews are at the park. It is up to each individual balloon pilot whether they will launch. We are livestreaming in case someone goes up. Stay tuned.
Updated 6:06 p.m.: Balloon crews are showing up but that doesn’t mean they will do launch. Stay tuned.
Updated 5:55 p.m.: No balloon crews have shown up at the festival grounds.
Updated 5:47 p.m.: It’s raining. Not good. Not at all.
Updated 5:35 p.m.: There’s a pretty good wind at Simard-Payne Memorial Park – which isn’t good for hot air balloons. We will keep you posted.
We’re waiting for the balloons to launch Friday evening at the Great Falls Balloon Festival at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.
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Stay tuned for updates and live video.