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Monday’s events go off without a hitch

Balloons launch in front of the Sandia Mountains as part of Monday morning's Mass Ascension at Ballon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque on Oct. 7, 2013. (Robert Browman/Journal)

Balloons launch in front of the Sandia Mountains as part of Monday morning’s Mass Ascension at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque on Oct. 7, 2013. (Robert Browman/Journal)

Dawn patrol on Monday. (Greg Peretti / Journal)

Dawn patrol on Monday. (Greg Peretti / Journal)

A balloon carries the American flag to start the Monday morning Mass Ascension at the 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 7, 2013. (Robert Browman/Journal)

A balloon carries the American flag to start the Monday morning Mass Ascension at the 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Oct. 7, 2013. (Robert Browman/Journal)

9:15 a.m.

Monday morning’s Flying Competition went off without a hitch. There are no Balloon Fiesta events scheduled for this evening.

8:07 a.m.

Monday morning’s Mass Ascension has successfully lifted off. Next up is the Flying Competition. Officials have roped of the field and are waiting for the balloons to arrive.

7:21 a.m.

Balloons have begun leaving the field after a successful Monday morning Dawn Patrol.

Today’s events include the Flying Competition where balloons launch away from the field and head toward Balloon Fiesta Park.

Traffic this morning was a breeze.

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