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First of 5 hot-air balloon events begins

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Five hot-air balloon events that are part of Louisville's Kentucky Derby Festival are about to begin.

The events begin Thursday and run through Saturday.

The Great Balloon Glimmer, in which the hot air balloons stay on the ground and are lit by their fires, is set for Thursday night at 8:30. Earlier in the evening, there will be a competition for balloon crew members to see which team can be the first to pack a balloon.

The Great Balloon Rush Hour Race is set for Friday morning, and the popular Great Balloon Glow is set for Friday night.

The Great Balloon Race, which has been held since 1973, is set for Saturday. Twenty-seven balloons will participate.


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