With all the added work that comes with running a restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ken Blais, center, and his staff at Rolly’s Diner at 87 Mill St. in Auburn planned not to decorate for the balloon festival after hearing the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival was canceled. As the summer moved forward, however, Blais and his staff felt the need to do something to brighten local spirits. Thus, after the restaurant closed Thursday, they broke out some vintage balloon decorations and went to work. Among the helpers, employee Brandon Wease, in red shirt. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

With all the added work that comes with running a restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ken Blais, center, and his staff at Rolly’s Diner at 87 Mill St. in Auburn planned not to decorate for the balloon festival after hearing the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival was canceled. As the summer moved forward, however, Blais and his staff felt the need to do something to brighten local spirits. Thus, after the restaurant closed Thursday, they broke out some vintage balloon decorations and went to work. Among the helpers, employees Jonathan Walthers, right, and Brandon Wease, rear. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

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