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Inside this little bag, a big trip. Some may call it once in a lifetime. But it doesn't take as long as you'd think to make the balloon fly.

"It is one of a kind," Teresa Phelan, balloon pilot said.

Eight balloonist hit the sky early this morning. Some of them rose up even before the sun did.

"Little breezy but it's pretty good," one pilot said.

People from all over the country float in to Wausau for the annual event. But for Jim Ireland and his crew, it's just a short drive across the border.

"We're from Lincoln, Illinois," Ireland said. "Our first flight was over Napa Valley, California in the wine country so I was hooked (on ballooning) then.

So, how does Wausau compare?

"It's a little different but we still have a great time here," Ireland said with a laugh.

"The people are so friendly," Phelan added. "There's so much to do up here in Wausau."

But what exactly does it take to get the balloons in the sky? We asked the experts

"In ballooning you're moving with the wind," Pilot Matthew McClinton said. "It's all about the weather."

Many say it's truly never the same sight, or flight, twice.

"It's so peaceful. We went over people's houses and they all come out in the yard and wave or wooded areas and you can see deer jumping across the fields," Judy Radar said.

So with one flight down, they'll prepare for another. In just a few hours, 18 balloons will light up the night sky.

"It is a huge high, in more ways than one," Phelan laughed.

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