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If you're looking for something colorful to look at this weekend, something that won't put a dent in your pocketbook, head up to Winthrop for the 26th annual Winthrop Balloon Roundup. It gets underway today, and continues through Saturday and Sunday —weather permitting.

The Methow Valley News reports the each morning around 6:45, the balloonists will decide whether or not to fly based on the weather conditions. If it's good, they'll launch around 7 am from the field behind the Winthrop Inn on Highway 20. Typically, the roundup brings around a dozen or so balloonists from around the region, drifting along the path of the Methow River before alighting. The flying is usually over by 9 am.

If you're looking for a good viewing spot, try Highway 20, Witte Road and the Old Twisp Highway. You're asked to park at the Methow Valley Thriftway, and not on the road nor at Winthrop Ace Hardware.

And Balloon Glow is back, it starts at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, balloons are inflated (but won’t go aloft) on Riverside Avenue. No cars may park on the north end of Riverside Avenue after 4 p.m. Viewers are encouraged to park at the Winthrop Barn Auditorium or the Town Trailhead and walk to the event, which is also subject to weather conditions.

No pets are allowed, either at the launch site in the morning, nor at Balloon Glow.

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, with the help of sponsoring local businesses, provides propane for the pilots and other expenses. Local memorabilia will be available at the launch site.

If you're wondering, ballooning is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The best part of all is that all the events are free!

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