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Rising over Roswell

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Early birds were able to see the first hot air balloons slowly drifting over North Main Street heading east on Friday morning. The balloon pilots arrived for a first flight to prepare for the 32nd Rise Over Roswell Balloon Rally today and on Sunday. The event at the Russ DeKay Soccer Complex kicks off at 6 a.m. with the playing of the National Anthem and Pilot’s Prayer. The balloons lift off — weather permitting — at 6:30 a.m. Today, at 10:45 a.m. the festivities for Cinco de Mayo follow the balloonists, which include entertainment such as games, dances, taco and jalapeño eating contest and live music until late in the evening. For more information, call the Roswell Chamber of Commerce at 575-623-5695 or the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce at 575-420-8787. (Christina Stock Photo)