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Weather keeps balloons grounded at festival

August 17, 2019

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Rain and overcast conditions have kept balloons grounded at the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston and Auburn.

Friday’s first launch was scrubbed by unexpected rain and the Sun Journal reports that Saturday morning’s launch was cancelled due to overcast conditions. Participants and spectators hope conditions improve for the Saturday evening launch at 6 p.m. but rain is in the forecast. A launch is also planned Sunday morning although a thunderstorm is possible.

The rest of the festival events are expected to go on as scheduled, rain or shine.

The festival is said to attract 100,000 visitors each year from all over the world.

Music, food, and belly dancing are among the events. There’s also a Medieval Encampment is also being held in Bonney Park.

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