Stories about Balloon Festival


St. Dom's Class of 1963 held reunion


Balloon festival has a banner year

LEWISTON — The Great Falls Balloon Festival ended Sunday with nine balloons floating off into the sunset after what was described as a "record year" by one official. "It was amazing," festival Marketing Director Christina Noonan said. The weather cooperated, she said. "We have...


Video: Sunday morning another success at Great Falls Balloon Festival

More than a dozen hot air balloons launched from Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston on Sunday morning — the final day of the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival. Weather permitting, another launch is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday.


Great Falls Balloon Festival: Day 2, just as picture perfect

LEWISTON — There was a young boy with a tall, red Mohawk. A grown man rocking fierce animal face-paint. A dog in a backpack. And balloons, 20 of them, each rising into the postcard-perfect sky to cheers during the evening launch. "We really came to see these two," said Wayne Seger of...


'Someday' is finally here for contest winner and her father

LEWISTON — Every morning, I wake up to the sound of my alarm at five o’clock, and I press snooze as many times as I can before I absolutely have to get up for work. This morning is different though: This morning I was wide awake, impatiently waiting for my alarm to go off like a littl...


Up, up and away! Another successful morning launch Satuday

Saturday morning proved to be another successful launch of the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.


Tens of thousands turn out for food, fun, friends at festival

LEWISTON — Tens of thousands of people turned out for the Great Falls Balloon Festival Friday evening, but not just for the balloons. "The excitement, the food," said Rita Dick of Auburn, as the smell of fried dough and sausages wafted over to the shady spot she shared with her in-la...


Watching the balloons from a lofty perch

Sun Journal Circulation Director Mike Theriault took the skies Friday morning and took some photos of the balloons launching from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Park for the 21st Great Falls Balloon Festival. 3


'Best weather in 21 years' greets Great Falls Balloon Festival

Hot air balloons and a paraglider soar over Lewiston and Auburn as the 21st Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival gets underway with Friday morning's flawless launch.


Video: Great morning for balloon festival

People watched and photographed the balloons launch Friday morning from Simard/Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston during the first day of the Great Falls Balloon Festival. The next launch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. Weather forecasts say it should be a beautiful weekend for the festival.