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Catch the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race in 11 photos
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A balloon rider throws up peace signs as her balloon lifts off on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. The three-day race begins in the Northeast Georgia town and the finish line is I-95. - photo by Nick Bowman

Did you miss the start of the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race on Thursday, May 30? Check out our pictures from the event.

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Jeremiah McDougal holds his daughter, Logan, and takes a selfie during the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race on Thursday, May 30, 2019. McDougal visited Helen for his and his wife’s 10-year anniversary. The family is from Trenton, Florida, near Gainesville, Florida. - photo by Nick Bowman
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Danielle Knapp-Smith holds a rope attached to Trailin’ the Gator, a balloon racing on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. - photo by Nick Bowman
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Balloons lift on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. The three-day race begins in the Northeast Georgia town and the finish line is I-95 “anywhere between Maine and Miami,” according to organizers. The race usually spans about 225 miles. - photo by Nick Bowman
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Hot air balloons are at various stages of liftoff on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. - photo by Nick Bowman
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A balloon team heats the air in their balloon prior to liftoff on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. The race usually includes about 20 balloons. - photo by Nick Bowman
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The burner on a hot air balloon, pictured on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race, heats the air required to fly the balloon by burning propane, which is kept in tanks in the basket of the balloon. - photo by Nick Bowman
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A balloon rises in the distance while another team works to get their hot air balloon off of the ground on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. - photo by Nick Bowman
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Fans are used to push air into balloons before the air inside is heated, allowing the balloons to become lighter than air and take off. - photo by Nick Bowman
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A balloon pilot, in the distance, waves at a team still on the ground on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. - photo by Nick Bowman
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A balloon pilot laughs before takeoff on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. - photo by Nick Bowman
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