A crowd gathers before dusk at Memorial Park for the Labor Day Lift-Off balloon glow Sept. 6. After operating for nearly 40 years as the Colorado Balloon Classic, this year’s festival was the first managed by Hot Apple Productions, in affiliation with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Company and the Colorado Springs Sports Corp.
A crowd gathers before dusk at Memorial Park for the Labor Day Lift-Off balloon glow Sept. 6. After operating for nearly 40 years as the Colorado Balloon Classic, this year’s festival was the first managed by Hot Apple Productions, in affiliation with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Company and the Colorado Springs Sports Corp.

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The three-day event also featured military parachuters, who ushered in the evening’s festivities.
The three-day event also featured military parachuters, who ushered in the evening’s festivities.
About 22,000 people attended the Labor Day Lift-Off each day during the weekend. The event featured balloons, bands and other attractions.
About 22,000 people attended the Labor Day Lift-Off each day during the weekend. The event featured balloons, bands and other attractions.