Superstorm Sandy will be on the minds of participants at a balloon festival in New Jersey this weekend.

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A 115-foot-tall flying lighthouse will pay respects to restore the shore efforts during the 31st annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning.

The event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, features 100 hot air balloons.

The balloons include an 85-foot firefighter that honors those who responded to the World Trade Center attacks, a 105-foot-tall Elvis and a 100-foot inverted elephant.

Organizers say the event at Solberg Airport in Readington is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America.

 

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