Janet Coffelt contributed photos showing the colorful scene early Saturday morning at the 2009 Montague Balloon Fair, which continues through Sunday.
The Fair calendar for Saturday afternoon and Sunday includes:

Saturday, Sept. 26
• 4:30 p.m. – Barbecue sirloin dinner at launch site presented by the Shasta Valley Rotary Club. $15 for adults, $8 for kids 5-12 years old. Kids under 5 free.
• Dusk ­– Balloonists Night Glow at launch site (weather permitting).

Sunday Sept. 27
• Dawn ascension of the Montague Balloon Fair balloons
• 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. – Coffee and donuts available at launch site, provided by Shasta Valley Rotary
• 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Breakfast available at launch site, provided by the Elks.

To get there:
FROM NORTH: Take I-5 south to the first exit near the town of Yreka, CA. Exit sign says "Montague". Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and proceed 6 miles to Montague, then follow signs to the balloon fair.
FROM SOUTH: Take I-5 north to the third exit near the town of Yreka, CA. Exit sign says "Montague". Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp and proceed 6 miles to Montague, then follow the signs to the balloon fair."