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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. A hot air balloon reflects in the lake at lamar-Dixon during the second balloon festival in Gonzales on saturday morning. The pilot veered slightly off course of the target area, barely missing the lake.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Spectators gather to watch the specialty balloons on saturday at lamar-Dixon on saturday morning.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. A pilot throws his bean bag at the target area during the second balloon festival and competition on saturday in gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. A pair of balloons hover above the target area on saturday at lamar-Dixon during the balloon competition in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Balloon festival staffers (L-R) Shirley Broussard, Eric Guillot, Krista Guillot and Brooke Guillot, age 7, prepare the target area in the early morning fog at the balloon festival and competition in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Spectators wait patiently for the approach of hot air balloons on saturday morning in Gonzales during the second balloon festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. katherine Webb rolls the Hamster ball in children's village during the second balloon festival at Lamar-Dixon in Gonzales as the rising sun lights up the ball on saturday morning.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Morgan Vincent, age 6, shows excitement as she exits the hamster ball at children's village during the second balloon festival in Gonzales on saturday, as her sister, Marlee Vincent, age 5, rolls in the other ball.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Hot air balloons rise above the trees as they approach the target area at lamar-Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Food vendors line the outskirts of the field at lamar-Dixon in Gonzales during the balloon festival on saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival staffers, from left, Shirley Broussard, Eric Guillot, Krista Guillot and Brooke Guillot, age 7, prepare the target area in the early morning fog at the balloon festival and competition in Gonzales on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Jude Scott, age 9, prepares his camera for the approaching balloons on saturday at lamar-Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. A pilot throws his bean bag at the target area during the second balloon festival and competition on saturday in gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Balloon festival and competition. Janene Dogan, from new Orleans, points her camera vertical to take photos of balloons at Lamar-Dixon in Gonzales during the second balloon festival.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Balloons lift off from locations near La.44 and float toward the target area at Lamar Dixon Expo Center on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Crowds watch balloons land at Lamar Dixon Expo Center on the last day of competition in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- "Ham-Let," flown by pilot Douglas Gantt, from DeLand, FL, comes in for a landing at Lamar Dixon Expo Center on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Crowds watch balloons land at Lamar Dixon Expo Center on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Brandon Craft, from Baton Rouge, hoists his daughter Adlee, 7, on his shoulders as they watch balloons come over the tree line into the target area at Lamar Dixon Expo Center on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Pilot Mark Fritze, from Tallahassee, FL, in his balloon Fredom Flyer, tosses his marker down on the target on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Dean Durr, from Waynesboro, MS, inflates his balloon, Dean's Dream, on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales. Crews had to find a launch location on their own and navigate to the target area at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Durr is launching from the intersection of Wildwood and New Orleans Drive off La. 22 in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- John Good and the crew of balloon Wisdom Racer, launch at the intersection of Wildwod and New Orleans Drive as other balloons lift off on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales. Crews had to find a suitable launch site on their own and navigate to the target area at Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Balloon crews launch hot air balloons in the street at the intersection of Wildwood and New Orleans Drive in Gonzales on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival. The balloons had to find a launch site on their own and navigate to the target at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- As Kinnie Gibson, from McKinney, TX, launches his balloon, Airbender, left, another balloon crew looks for a place to launch on New Orleans Drive on the last day of competition Sunday in the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Hot air balloons land and deflate after competing in the second competitive flight of the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Champsionship. Competitors had to drop a mark on a X-shaped target in the second competition.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- A tethered hot air balloon hovers over festival goers scoping out viewing spots for the evening activities at the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Hot air balloons fly in to drop a mark on a X-shaped target during the second competitive flight of the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Jeff Bennett, from Tulsa, Okla., helps collapse Kinnie Gibson's hot air balloon Air Bender on Thursday morning after a media flight from Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Industrial plants line the curves and bends of the Mississippi River near Gonzales in this early morning view from Kinnie Gibson's hot air balloon, "Air Bender," Thursday in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kinnie Gibson uses the burner to gain altitude while flying his hot air balloon Air Bender Thursday morning in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Industrial plants line the snake-like Mississippi River in this sunrise view from Kinnie Gibson's hot air balloon, "Air Bender," Thursday morning in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Industrial plants line the Mississippi River in this view from Kinnie Gibson's hot air balloon Air Bender Thursday morning in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Hot air balloons lift off at sunrise from Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales in this view from Kinnie Gibson's hot air balloon Air Bender Thursday in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales. The Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival will run September 26 - September 29, 2013 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kinnie Gibson, left and Jeff Bennett, right, collapse Gibson's hot air balloon Air Bender Thursday morning after a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kinnie Gibson uses the burner to gain altitude while flying his hot air balloon Air Bender Thursday morning in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Kinnie Gibson uses the burner to gain altitude while flying his hot air balloon Air Bender Thursday morning in a media flight from Lamar Dixon in Gonzales. The Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival will run September 26 - September 29, 2013 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

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