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Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston, Maine, is canceled [Video]

While a long-term plan has yet to be sorted out, city officials in Lewiston quickly jumped into action, offering a hand.

LEWISTON, Maine — Lewiston city officials say they are working to get the annual balloon festival off the ground for 2024 after organizers of the Great Falls Balloon Festival announced Wednesday that they would be canceling the event. 

Organizers cited “several significant obstacles” and “a series of challenges and unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the cancellation, including “logistical issues, safety concerns, and other unexpected factors beyond our control.”

“This decision was not made lightly, and we understand the disappointment this news will bring to our community, sponsors, volunteers, and participants who have eagerly anticipated this event,” organizers said in a social media post.

According to organizers, the festival’s mission is to provide fundraising opportunities for local nonprofit organizations while celebrating the community and promoting the Lewiston-Auburn area as a visitor destination. 

“The Board of Directors are committed to returning stronger in the future and …

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