The hot-air balloons don't start going up until 7:00 AM, but people start getting to the event from around 4:00 AM. I got there at about 4:30 AM (October 6, 2001) to avoid traffic and slept in my car until 6:30 AM. It was very cold that morning. Luckily, I had dressed warm, but I still had to turn on the car and heater from time to time.

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