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Balloon Festival takes off in Ukraine

08-13-2010 08:49 BJT

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The fourth Ukrainian Air Balloon Festival has taken place in the country's southern Crimea Region. Participants from Ukraine, Russia, and Lithuania swarmed the area to participate in the annual showcase.

They came to either fly balloons, or enjoy exciting views, at the site near the Black Sea. Organizers say the festival isn't a competition, but more like a club for individuals interested in balloon flying. The gathering is named "Montgolfieria," in honor of two French brothers who were the first to fly hot air balloon in the 18th Century.

Hot-air balloons are inflated during the 32nd Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court Estate in Bristol. More than half a million people are expected to attend the four-day festival involving some 150 balloons from around the world. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
Hot-air balloons are inflated during the 32nd Bristol International Balloon 
Fiesta at the Ashton Court Estate in Bristol. More than half a million people 
are expected to attend the four-day festival involving some 150 balloons from 
around the world. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

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