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Taking flight with the 2015 Festival of Balloons in Tigard

It's baaaaccckkk!(Image is Clickable Link) TIMES ILLUSTRATION: KATE SCHELL - Tigard Festival of Balloons

Thousands are expected to make their way to Cook Park over the next three days for Tigard’s yearly tradition: The Tigard Festival of Balloons.

The festival returns to Cook Park starting this Friday and continuing through Sunday, and it will have a little something for everyone.

The three-day festival has music, rides, booths, and — of course — nearly two dozen brightly colored balloons.

Click the photo to check out a special magazine all about this year’s festival.

We’ve got you covered from where to park, to new events (including photo classes and contests) to what time to set your alarm clock (spoiler alert: It’s early).

Balloons fly at dawn, when the temperature and winds are the most ideal, so set your alarm to be there even earlier.

The balloons’ flights are dependent on weather, but forecasts call for clear skies and little chance of rain over the next few days.

Keep an eye on the Festival of Balloons' Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest on flight conditions before heading to the park. The Times will also be posting the latest from the festival on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Don't want to get up with the chickens? Head to the festival throughout the day for music and events, or come back for the evening night glow when the balloons will return to the field to light up the night.

The event is hosted by Nicoli's Bar and Grill in Tualatin. Owner Dave Nicoli has sponsored the event since 2004.

Regular admission to the festival costs $7 and is good for all three days.

Cook Park is located at 17005 S.W. 92nd Ave. near Tigard High School.

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