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Above, attendees of Saturday morning’s ascension at the Balloons and Bluegrass Festival at Roberts Park watch as the hot air balloons inflate. A final ascension is set for 6 a.m. today. At left, Scenic Roots, comprised of sisters Amber, left, and Erin Rogers of Concordia, Kans., perform at the bluegrass concert. Grace Miller - Daily Press

Top, attendees of Saturday morning’s ascension at the Balloons and Bluegrass Festival at Roberts Park watch as the hot air balloons inflate. A final ascension is set for 6 a.m. today. At left, Scenic Roots, comprised of sisters Amber, above, and Erin Rogers of Concordia, Kans., perform at the bluegrass concert. Grace Miller – Daily Press

By GRACE MILLER

Daily Press Staff Writer

The Balloons and Bluegrass Festival accommodated 23 hot air balloons and four bluegrass bands perfectly Saturday, with some pilots doing balloon dances prior to launching at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex to set the mood for a great show.

A hot air balloon being blown up to float into the sky has a fun but lengthy 20-minute to an hour-long process to complete before the hour-and-a-half joy ride before the 20 gallons of propane runs out. The first riders were eager to lift off Saturday with pilot Jim Moore. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.