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Labor Day Lift Off wraps up 43rd year

Posted at 12:36 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 20:51:04-04

Crowds from all ages gathered to watch a kaleidoscope of colors take flight at Memorial Park for the 43rd Annual Labor Day Lift Off.

"It's just kind of a tradition," said Dan Carlson, who came with his son.

"I love all of it and I love all the colors!" exclaimed Mary Windebank.

"I like all the balloon's design," Dan's son, Evann Carlson, pointed out.

"[It's] just a chance to see a giant balloon in the air, and fire!" added Dan.

For some, it's an established tradition.

"I've been out here since I was a kid," said Kyle Windebank.
"So [it's my wife's] first time being out, thought it'd be fun to [come out] whole family, too."

Robin and Deborah Guinan own the "Marv'n the Martian" hot air balloon.

The couple has been coming out here for nearly 20 years, along with their all-women crew.

"We love flying, we love pleasing the crowds," Deborah said.

But before the flying, "The hook-up of the system. Everything being exact is vital," Deborah emphasized.

Then, the moment everyone's been waiting for.

"It's really fun when you take off and everybody's cheering for you."