BOISE -- Day three of The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic found almost 50 hot air balloons floating in the smokey dawn above Ann Morrison Park.
With 47 pilots plus additional crew, the briefing tent was packed with activity as KTVB meteorologist Larry Gebert explained the morning's developing conditions, and judged them perfect for flight.
Liftoff happened at 7:15 a.m.
Idaho's Lieutenant Governor Brad Little served as Friday's ceremonial launch master. That means he gave the final word as balloonists took off.
"It's kind of like the Indy 500," Little told KTVB, with a smile.
Gebert said slight "box winds" then helped balloons float up and over the connector, then drift back toward the center of town.
Box winds typically take balloonists in one direction at a lower elevation, then return the balloons to the starting point at a higher elevation.
Pilot Laurie Spencer said her flight lasted nearly an hour-and-a-half.
"The flight was amazing today," Spencer told KTVB. The winds, unlike the last couple of days, were perfect. We were able to box the field."
Not all of the pilots managed to land back in Ann Morrison Park.
Karen Sayron live in Garden City, and found a large balloon had landed across the street from her home. She sent the pictures to KTVB.
Friday's fun continues at Ann Morrison Park later this evening. That's when the famous Nite Glow at Ann Morrison Park will begin at 6 p.m. Balloons will be flaring their burners and lighting up in tune to music at approximately 8:15 p.m.
The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic continues through Sunday. See the event guide here.