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Balloon festival is set to take flight this weekend
Hot air balloons are lit during the glow at last year's Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival at the Green County Fairgrounds. For a complete listing of this year's activities, see (Times file photo)
MONROE - Thousands of balloon and blues enthusiasts will converge on Monroe this weekend for the Monroe Balloon and Blues Festival. After strong attendance at last year's festival and a nod in a National Geographic article calling the festival one of the best spring trips of 2017, event director Nick Faessler said the event is expected to attract more than 6,000 people on Friday and Saturday. Faessler said the most popular events for families at the festival will likely be the balloon launches, where 13 hot air balloons will launch over Monroe each morning and evening, weather permitting, and the balloon glows, when all of the balloons will be inflated after dark and glow like lanterns.