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Neal Langford helps set up a hot-air balloon during last year's Carolina BalloonFest.

RYAN REVOCK / STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK

Record & Landmark reporter Shawn Taylor flew above Statesville in a hot-air balloon Friday morning as the 44th annual Carolina BalloonFest kicked off. Check out our video.

For more information about this weekend's festival, check out our story here.

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