LOUISVILLE, Ky. (News release/WHAS11) -- The Kentucky Derby Festival's U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest kicks off Thursday with the Great Balloon Crew Challenge at Kroger's Fest-A-Ville on the Waterfront.
Balloon crews will compete in various balloon-related tasks for bragging rights and a traveling trophy. After the competition the balloons will light up the Waterfront during the annual Balloon Glimmer.
The Balloon fest continues Friday morning with the Rush-Hour race beginning at 7 a.m. Balloons will take off from Bowman Field at 7 a.m. Friday will wrap up with the Great Balloon Glow at the Kentucky Exposition Center starting at 9 p.m.
Photos: Balloon Glow 2012
It all leads up to the Great Balloon Race Saturday morning. This is the 40th year for the race that takes flight from Bowman Field at 7 a.m.
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