Thousands of spectators took to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds just south of downtown Friday evening for the first day of a full weekend of hot air balloons, concerts, races, food and fun.

Thousands of spectators took to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Powwow Grounds just south of downtown Friday evening for the first day of a full weekend of hot air balloons, concerts, races, food and fun. In its premiere event, CPN put on a show for the community to bring people into town and show them what CPN and Shawnee have to offer. There were 23 balloons featured — among them, three offered tethered rides. For event schedules, vendor information, directions or race registration, visit firelakeballoonfest.com.