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Warmer weather welcomes Hot Air Affair

Colorful balloons stand ready to launch Saturday morning for the Hot Air Affair. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia1 / 8
A new balloon this year to fit the Hot Air Affair theme, Peg Leg Pete the Pirate Parrot hovers above the launch ground Saturday morning. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia2 / 8
Crowds packed into the launch field at EP Rock Elementary Saturday morning for the early hot air balloon takeoffs. The ascensions are weather-dependent, but winds were low enough for flight Saturday morning. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia3 / 8
A passenger cheers a successful takeoff Saturday morning at the Hudson Hot Air Affair. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia4 / 8
With help from some hot air, a balloon takes off from EP Rock Elementary. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia5 / 8
A crew prepares a hot air balloon for launch. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia6 / 8
A hot air balloon flies high above the launch field at EP Rock Elementary. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia7 / 8
Crews inflate their balloons in preparation of the Saturday launch. Rebecca Mariscal / Rivertown Multimedia8 / 8

Below freezing temps ended just in time for the 30th annual Hot Air Affair in Hudson this weekend.

Low winds allowed a mass ascension from EP Rock Elementary, with nearly all the balloons taking off Saturday morning.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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