Save The Date
Join us October 3-11, 2020, for the 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2020 theme is "Time Flies!" Start your planning for the festivities which all start on Saturday, October 3, and include  the awe-inspiring Mass Ascension! Here is a link to the 2020 event schedule: 
Merchandise Update

The first of the 2020 Balloon Fiesta shirts have arrived! These retro tee-shirts were designed by artists Paul and Kimberleigh Gavin and are decorated with the 49th event theme "Time Flies." They are available in youth and adult sizes and can be purchased on Check out the sneak peek of the shirts, below. 

Inside the Basket
Kimberleigh Gavin and Paul Gavin, Balloon Fiesta Shirt Artists
Kimberleigh and Paul Gavin are the two artists who have created the design for the 2020 Balloon Fiesta retro tee-shirts. Their design features balloons, both the real and imaginary, that illustrate this year's theme "Time Flies."
In this month's Inside the Basket, learn more about how the design for this shirt came to life and how the duo became involved in Balloon Fiesta.

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Balloon Fiesta Insider

We're excited to share that country music artist, Jimmie Allen will be joining headliner Brett Young at the 2020 Music Fiesta. The singer-songwriter was heralded as one of the top "artists to watch in 2018" by  Rolling Stone Billboard Pandora and more. And, his debut single "Best Shot" claimed the number one spot on country radio for three weeks. Other hits include "Make Me Want To" and "Like You Do."  To learn more about this year's lineup, or to reserve your seat, click  here.
April in Ballooning

On April 3, 1939, F. Bourloutski landed in Charaboulski, Russia in an AA-04 gas balloon, after launching nearly three days earlier in Moscow. Bourloutski traveled for 61 hours and 30 minutes, setting the duration world record for this class of balloon. This world record is still upheld today.
April Photo-of-the-Month

We have received some beautiful pictures of this year's event, submitted through Balloon Fiesta's social media! Below is the photo chosen for April. Thank you to Twitter user  @HopeEckert!

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Sponsor Spotlight

KOB 4 was New Mexico's first tv news station and has been providing live newscasts and special coverage to the Land of Enchantment for more than 70 years. Their organization was a founding member of the original hot air balloon gathering in Albuquerque at Coronado Center in 1972, which was launched to celebrate the then-owned KOB radio's 50th anniversary. Today, KOB 4 is involved as a Balloon Fiesta sponsor and their sponsorship includes on-the-field team coverage of Mass Ascensions and their sponsorship of Kids' Day  on Thursday morning helps to provide free breakfast and goodie bags to 4,000 lucky kids during the Special Shape Rodeo. Their sponsorship also provides their team with an opportunity to celebrate what makes New Mexico great. We thank them for their continued support!

For a complete list of Balloon Fiesta sponsors, click here.
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