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(Elizabeth Lewis - Daily Press)

(Elizabeth Lewis – Daily Press)

Vivian Vazquez smiles as she waits to see a hot air balloon take off this morning on the playground at Central Elementary School. Each of Artesia’s elementary schools hosted a balloon crew this morning as a preview of this weekend’s Balloons & Tunes festival. Hot air balloons are expected to launch at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday from Eagle Draw. Musical performances are slated from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday at Baish Veterans’ Park, and the Artesia High School band will join balloonists for a Fire Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the draw near Eighth Street and Mahone Drive.