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Mon June 11, 2012
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Balloons fly high over central New York

The annual Jamesville Balloonfest held this weekend was packed to the brim with family-friendly entertainment, while organizers kept a watchful eye on the weather.

When you first walk into the festival you're greeted by a gigantic field ripe for picnics, outdoor games, and dancing. Appropriately, at the other end of this sea of green is a stage where bands come out at night.

Vendors line the stone walkway offering everything from beer to fried dough. The second section of the festival is where the enormous balloons are.

"They're huge and beautiful. They have different types here, it's not just a normal balloon - they have some
that are a barn, some that are animals... it's a sight that's different," said one woman who's worked at the
festival for twenty years.

"This is so suited for all ages. I love it because, ya know, it's got everything for kids," said one mother at
the festival.

And indeed the place is packed with kiddy rides, adult rides, rock bands, beer vendors...something for
everyone.

The balloons were affected by some weather issues this weekend -  balloons are only launched if winds are under 10 miles per hour and no threatening weather conditions are present. But the rides, games, and bands kept people occupied regardless.

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