A hot air ballon rises through the air for the Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina, Friday, May 27, 2016. The town approved an agreement Oct. 3, 2016, that will bring the multi-day event back to Fuquay-Varina through 2021.
A hot air ballon rises through the air for the Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina, Friday, May 27, 2016. The town approved an agreement Oct. 3, 2016, that will bring the multi-day event back to Fuquay-Varina through 2021. Kendall Bagley newsobserver.com
A hot air ballon rises through the air for the Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina, Friday, May 27, 2016. The town approved an agreement Oct. 3, 2016, that will bring the multi-day event back to Fuquay-Varina through 2021. Kendall Bagley newsobserver.com

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