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A story in photos: 2016 Tigard Festival of Balloons

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - A woman takes a video of Koh Murai's hot air balloon during the Saturday morning balloon launch at the Tigard Festival of Balloons.The Times' reporters and photographers were at Cook Park on Saturday morning for the start of the annual Tigard Festival of Balloons at Cook Park.

The three-day festival features 17 large hot air balloons, which launch each morning at dawn. The festival began on Friday, although morning rains kept the balloons from flying.

The festival also includes music, carnival rides, and plenty more. Check out The Times' special magazine for more on the festival.

Here's a few photos from this morning's launch. We'll be updating The Times' website with more photos and stories from reporters and photographers over the weekend. Stay tuned!

Admission is $7 for adults. Children 6 and under are free.