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The 2018 Tigard Festival of Balloons kicks off Friday morning with a sky full of chromatic joy.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Daphne Lucia, 3, 'crews' for balloonist Cheryl Isaac as they team inflates the balloon Friday morning. The 2018 Festival of Balloons in Tigard is airborne. The three-day event began today with tethered rides around 7 a.m. The carnival opens at 10 a.m., with the kids' action zone at noon. The six-on-six soccer tourney kicks off at 1 p.m., with craft vendors and exhibitor booths staffed from 3 to 11 p.m. Live music begins at 5 p.m. So, too, the Rogue Ales Beer Garden. At dusk, weather permitting, is the annual Night Glow, in which the tethered balloons are inflated for the viewing pleasure of the crowd. For ticket information and more of the Saturday and Sunday festivities, go to tigardballon.org. See full coverage in the June 28 Times. Photos by Jaime Valdez.TIMES PHOTOS: JAIME VALDEZ - Field teams tip over the gondolas and fill the baskets horizontally, until the hot air is sufficient to make the whole balloon go vertical. TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Getting the empty balloon spread out and ready for inflation. TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - ...and they're away!

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