The weather in Telluride has not exactly favored this weekend's festivals. Telluride Jazz Celebration has had rain, lightning, wind. Those elements have caused program changes for the Telluride Balloon Festival as well. But people seemed to be enjoying the Jazz over the weekend, and some of them were also in the crowd watching the balloon folks lighting their burners on Colorado Avenue Saturday evening.
The weather this morning (Sunday, June 7) looked more promising and there were a lot of early risers in the Park to watch the inflation and the launch of the full field of hot air balloons. TIO's Eileen Burns was on hand to fly with Balloonmeister, Peter Procopio. But Mother Nature fooled us again. The breeze freshened early, so instead of a flight of balloons, we were treated to a static (or not quite) display of about 14 colorful canopies being held down by regular and volunteer ground crews. It might not have been flight, but definitely a beautiful reason to be up early on a Sunday morning in Telluride.
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