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The Fifth Annual Freedom Aloft Balloon Rally landed in Prineville last weekend

JAMIE WOOD/CENTRAL OREGONIAN
 - The Fifth Annual Freedom Aloft Balloon Rally landed in Prineville last week, bringing nine hot air balloons, and some spectacular rides for a several local residents.

The Fifth Annual Freedom Aloft Balloon Rally brought nine hot air balloons to Prineville last Friday through Sunday. The pilots belong to the Balloon Federation of America and gave free tethered rides to community members. They also gave rides to sponsors and first responders.

JAMIE WOOD/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jeff Beebe's balloon, Making Friends, graces the Prineville skies.

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CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Greg Miller, of Icxing Promotions LLC, put on the event. He stands in his balloon, I'll Fly Away, during a Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Prineville Perk Friday morning.

JAMIE WOOD/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Pilot Alan Sanderson's balloon, High Hopes, gets filled at Stryker Park Saturday morning.

JAMIE WOOD/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The pilots had planned to put on a Night Glow Friday evening, but high winds made it difficult for the balloons. Only one, Redemption, was able to illuminate. Instead, pilots entertained spectators by shooting their burners into the night sky.

JAMIE WOOD/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - A crew helps Robert Rapper fill his balloon, Redemption, for an early Saturday morning flight.

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