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IMAGES: Bird's eye view of the KDF Great Balloon Rush Hour Race

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby Festival's Great Balloon Rush Hour Race brings a colorful start to Friday morning. 

Keith Kaiser and photojournalist Eric Edwards went up in a balloon to show live pictures of their spectacular view. 

The race is part of the Festival's popular Balloonfest.  While a charity balloon race was canceled on Thursday morning because of weather, the Friday morning race went on as scheduled.  

Weather permitting the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glow returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center at 9 p.m. on Friday night.  The BalloonFest wraps up on Saturday, April 30, with the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Race at 7 a.m. at Bowman Field.  A decision on weather conditions for the race will be made very early on Saturday.  A field of 25 balloons will take flight from Bowman Field in the oldest portion of the balloon events, the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Race. 

Since the first Great Balloon Race was held in 1973, the Derby Festival's balloon events have been considered among the best in the country by pilots from all around the world. BalloonFest attractions are annually among the most popular family-friendly events on the Derby Festival schedule.

CLICK HERE  for the schedule of Kentucky Derby Festival Events. 

About the Kentucky Derby Festival: 

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.
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