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The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
is the largest hot air balloon festival in Canada
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. It is held each August in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
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, about 20 minutes southeast of Montreal
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and about halfway between Montreal and Vermont
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The festival is situated at the Saint-Jean Airport and weather permitting (no storm activity detected within range, 50 km (31.1 mi), and winds above 12 km/h (7.5 mph)), there are two flight launches each day: a morning flight at 6:00 am and an evening flight between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. Other festival activities include amusement rides, musical and comedy shows and "Nuits magiques" (tethered night flights).