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A colorful ascent kicks off the Windsor Harvest Festival (video)

Kelsey Hammon
khammon@greeleytribune.com

WINDSOR — In 1982, Marla Guzzo took her first hot air balloon ride on a whim while visiting a festival in New Mexico. At the time, the 21-year-old Guzzo didn't hesitate when she was offered to fill an extra seat on a hot air balloon.

She doesn't regret that decision for a moment and that's why at the crack of dawn on Saturday, Guzzo donned her hot air balloon earrings and drove her balloon crew from Niwot to unload in the chilly air, damp grass and fog that came with Saturday's first rays of light. After many years of being a passenger, the recently licensed Guzzo would have the chance to pilot a hot air balloon at the Windsor balloon launch.

The launch kicked off the first day of the Labor Day Weekend Windsor Harvest Festival. The three-day celebration includes more balloon launches, kids rodeo on the Windsor beach, a barbecue, street dance, beer garden, amusement rides, horse-drawn carriage rides and the Labor Day parade.

The balloon launch drew about 500 people to watch the balloons ascend.

For the complete story, see Sunday's Tribune.

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Windsor Harvest Festival schedule

Sunday

7 a.m. — Hot air balloon launch in Eastman Park (weather permitting).

7-11 a.m. — Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in the Windsor Middle School cafeteria.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Arts and crafts, commercial and food booths, kid’s amusement rides and games in Main Park, 300 Locust St.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Horse-drawn carriage rides in Windsor Main Park.

10-11 a.m. — Church service in the park presented by Timberline Church at Main Park.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Windsor car “cruise-in” at Eastman Park. $10 per car to enter, free admission.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Home and Garden Show at Tozer Primary School.

Noon-5 p.m. — Beer garden in Main Park, hosted by the Windsor Rotary Club.

Noon-6 p.m. — Lions Club bingo at the southeast corner of Main Park (under the white tent).

2-4 p.m. — Kids and adult games at Tozer Primary School.

4 p.m. — Bulls on the Beach at Water Valley South.

7 p.m. — Bulls on the Beach Concert/Dance.

8 —30 p.m. — Free movie (TBA) in Boardwalk Park.

Monday

7 —30 a.m. — Labor Day 5k Run/Walk in Boardwalk Park.

8-8 —45 a.m. — Kiddie parade judging at 3rd and Walnut streets.

7 a.m. — Parade lineup begins at Walnut Street and Chimney Park Drive.

9 a.m. — Windsor Harvest Festival Parade going west on Walnut Street to 7th Street, then south on 7th Street to Eastman Park Drive.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Arts and crafts, commercial and food booths, kids’ amusement rides and games in Main Park.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Home and Garden Show at Tozer Primary School.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Horse-drawn carriage rides in Windsor Main Park.

Noon-5 p.m. — Beer Garden in Main Park. Hosted by Windsor Rotary Club.

Noon-5 p.m. — Lions Club bingo at the southeast corner of Main Park (under the white tent).

2-4 p.m. — Home and Garden Show exhibits released with awards presented at Tozer Primary School.

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