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Balloon bash

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 9:13 a.m. CDT
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Meme Baynes, of Grayslake helps to hold the “Sedona Sunset” balloon as it inflates during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake. Baynes helped the balloon team with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Emma. 10. The balloon was owned by Glenn O’Connell, of Gilbert, Ill.
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Daniel J. Johnson, of Hainesville, “Bud Fowler,” sings, “Mother May I Slug the Umpire,” next to Dave Oberg, executive director of Grayslake Heritage Center and umpire in between innings against the McHenry Independents during the Civil War era baseball game at Central Park in Grayslake. The baseball game took place before the Color Aloft Balloon Festival.
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A crowd gathers around “Sedona Sunset,” as Glenn O’ Connell, of Gilbert, the pilot, releases propane gas to keep the air warm in the balloon for it to stand upright during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake.
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Josh Kenitzer, of Waukesha, Wis., helps to keep the “Last Lap” balloon inflated with propane fuel while on the ground during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake. The balloon was piloted by Ron Nollen, of Hartland, Wis.
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Arielle Fay, 16, of Mundelein, a student pilot, helps to inflate the Stellar balloon during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake. Jim Neill, of Riverwoods, piloted the balloon.
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The “Last Lap” and “Kay’s WindDancer II” balloons light up Central Park during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Grayslake.
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John Trione, of Lake Geneva, Wis., inspects his "Deere John" balloon before taking off during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park in Grayslake. Trione owns the Lake Geneva Balloon Co.
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“Kay’s WindDancer II" lights up the night sky close to other balloons during the second annual Color Aloft Balloon Festival in Central Park on Saturday in Grayslake. The balloon is owned by Ken Walter of Waukesha, Wis.

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