When will the balloons launch?

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Three balloons await launch at Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston during the first launch of the 2017 Great Falls Balloon Festival. (Sun Journal file photo)

Due to weather conditions, the best times for balloon launches are 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Launches are always weather permitting, and times may vary depending on conditions. As soon as it is known whether or not the launch is not going to happen due to inclement weather, that information will be posted on the festival’s Facebook page and the Sun Journal will be alerted as well.

The Moonglow (hot air balloons tethered and lit up with propane) is scheduled for Friday night, usually between 8 and 9 p.m., after the balloons return from the evening launch.

Online coverage

The Sun Journal will be livestreaming the Great Falls Balloon Festival launches at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day — weather permitting. You can find complete coverage, photos and videos of the festival at:

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