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Pittsfield hot air balloon showPilots were able to take off for the morning flights on Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5, at the 36th annual Hot Air Balloon Rally in Pittsfield. The event continues Sunday, Aug. 6.

Balloons took to the sky Friday, Aug. 4, as the Suncook Valley Rotary’s Hot Air Balloon Rally got underway in Pittsfield. The festival saw some rain but that didn’t keep high-flying fans away. The event continues Sunday, Aug. 6. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)
Woma, piloted by Rick Jones, gains altitude in an early-morning flight on Friday. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)
Woma, piloted by Rick Jones, gains altitude in the early morning Friday, Aug. 4, before the 36th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)
Pilot-in-training Stephanie Douglass adds some heat to the situation as Dave Markowitz looks on while controlling Wild Ride. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)
Stephanie Douglass is all smiles as she pilots Wild Ride on Friday morning before the 36th annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)
Gabriella Douglass, 2, and her brother Bryce, 4, of Goffstown watch a weather balloon early Friday morning before the 36th annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield. (Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)