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Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
John Nelson prepares his hot air balloon to launch from Ponds Park next to I-15 during the Antelope Island Stampede Festival in Kaysville Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

KAYSVILLE — Balloonists took to the skies as they launched their hot air balloons from Ponds Park next to I-15 during the Antelope Island Stampede Festival in Kaysville Friday.