Hudson – The seventh annual Hot Air Balloon Festival was held Aug. 13 at the Hudson Elks Pavilion and Field. The full day of family fun began with a 6 a.m. lift-off of 18 hot air balloons. Activities resumed that afternoon with a food court, live musical and dance entertainment, children's games and rides, and vendors with unique offerings. Live music continued at dusk as pilots ignited the burners of tethered balloons, creating an incandescent glow. Proceeds raised by the event will go toward the Hudson Elks Scholarship Fund. PHOTOS by Ed Karvoski Jr.