Photos: Ascension in Focus for Sept. 27, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Volunteers work to inflate the giant eagle balloon at last year's Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival, held for the first time in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Camille Becnel, 4, left, grins after finishing a balloon decoration craft with her mother Laura Becnel during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Festival-goers roam beneath glowing balloons during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Hannah Tyson, 9, right, runs a balloon obstacle course as Scott Schutz, left, watches and Kami Almonte, far left, pushes her son David Almonte, 4, in another balloon at the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Festival-goers ascend on a tethered balloon ride during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Festival-goers admire glowing balloons during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Wes Millard, 3, and his sister, Eila, 2, chase each other with inflatable replicas of hot air balloons on day two of the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Saturday. The children's mother said they have been to the Balloon Festival in Baton Rouge since they were born, but this was their first time to go at night.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Robert Ambeau, pilot, readies his Coca Cola balloon for the balloon glow on day two of the Balloon Festival held for the first time at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Rick James, seated, and members of his crew, Lance Francis, front left, and Clint James, back left, inflate his balloon on day two of the Balloon Festival, held for the first time at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales in 2012.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by ADAM LAU -- Pilot Maury Petrehn and crewman Jonathan Ulaszek, from left, inflate a bald eagle balloon at sunset during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The balloons will take flight Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 for Ascension's second festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Two figures peek through the back of pilot Rick James' balloon as it fills with air at the Balloon Festival, held for the first time at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales in 2012.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by ADAM LAU -- Local pilot Leslie Jeasonne, left, inflates her balloon during the 2012 festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Volunteers help inflate a balloon during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Festival-goers roam beneath glowing balloons during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Friday. Early crowd estimates that some 20,000 visitors attended Friday's festival, organizers said.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by ADAM LAU -- Festival-goers photograph glowing balloons during the 2012 Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Spectators gather around for the Balloon Glow event -- when hot air balloons are inflated at dusk -- at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Matthew Gros, 12, center, and Isabella Hymel, 10, left, reach out for candy duringAscension Catholic Diocesan Regional School's homecoming parade in Donaldsonville on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Homecoming court member Mason Matirne, right, tosses a cup to a spectator during Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School's homecoming parade in Donaldsonville on Friday. Matirne was named king and Nancy Guillot was crowned homecoming queen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Emily John, 11, right, catches throws from the sideline with other spectators during Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School's homecoming parade in Donaldsonville on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School second-grade teacher Becky Sotile leads the Master Bulldog Readers in tossing beads to the crowd during the school's homecoming parade in Donaldsonville on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Marcelle Dugas watches as Master Bulldog Readers Charlee Griffin, center left; Ali Burt, center top; Maggie Landry, bottom; and Sean Harris, right; heave beads over the sides of their float during Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School's homecoming parade in Donaldsonville on Friday

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Homecoming court members Thomas Gros and Deja Cutno, from left, toss throws to the crowd during Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School homecoming parade in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Homecoming court member Rebecca DeManuelle tosses throws to the crowd during Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School's homecoming parade in Donaldsonville on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School's Cameron Simon, left, attempts to box in St. Amant Middle School's Garrett Rachal during a game on Sept. 20.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School'sJosh Dunn, right, plows forward with the ball into St. Amant Middle School defenders Johnny Vickers, left, and Roy Lodge, center, during a Sept. 20 match up.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School's Cameron Simon catches a pass during warm-ups before the school match-up against St. Amant Middle School on Sept. 20.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Kenya Madison reacts as she realizes she will be crowed Donaldsonville High School's 2012 homecoming queen Monday night at the coronation ceremony. The gym erupted in applause and cheers as her name was announced.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Donaldsonville High School Sweetheart Alia Woods dances the grand waltz with her escort, Andre' Oatis Monday evening at the homecoming coronation ceremony.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Donaldsonville High School's 2011 homecoming queen, Joan Marie Lewis, right, hugs Kenya Madison as she takes over the title of 2012 homecoming queen Monday evening at Donaldsonville High School's coronation ceremony.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Kenya Madison pauses in front of the crowd for photos Monday evening at Donaldsonville High School. Madison assumed the role of 2012 homecoming queen in the coronation ceremony.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Kenya Madison, bottom, poses Monday evening as her aunt, Kimberly Junior, from left, and classmates, Brittany Sheppard, Keshia Sheppard, Markita Anderson and Chasity Chatman take photos of her. Madison was crowned Donaldsonville High School's 2012 homecoming queen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Donaldsonville High School principal, Esrom Pitre, presents Kenya Madison with flowers and a scepter after she was announced 2012 homecoming queen Monday evening.

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