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: https://balloonfiesta.com/Event-Schedule 
Balloon Fiesta Insider

Did you know that Balloon Fiesta offers concessionaires and artisans the opportunity to sell their products to Balloon Fiesta guests? Our event offers one-third of a mile of on-site concession space for merchandise and commercial food concessions. Applications are now open for those who are interested in these opportunities. For more information or to access the application packet and forms, please click  here.
Balloon Fiesta is a Top Cultural Festival

We're honored to have  been  nominated for USA Today's Best Cultural Festival! To help us reach the number one spot, vote for Balloon Fiesta before 10:00 a.m. on March 2.  https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cultural-festival/albuquerque-international-balloon- fiesta-albuquerque/  You can vote every day!

Merchandise Update

The 2020 official Balloon Fiesta serigraph poster is underway! The artwork will be the third part of Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner's Balloon Fiesta story. This collectable series began in 2018 with the Road Runner's escape from Wile E. Coyote in a balloon. The chase continued in 2019. We're now left wondering what will happen in the next two posters! Be sure to seep an eye out for the release of the 2020 poster and other Balloon Fiesta merchandise that might feature these fun characters! Past posters and other Balloon Fiesta merchandise can be purchased  online  or at 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113.
Inside the Basket
Henry Rosenbaum, Balloon Fiesta Balloonmeister
 
As Balloonmeister, Henry Rosenbaum works to keep pilots and Balloon Fiesta guests safe. He is involved in coordinating the flight operations of each day's event-filled sessions during Balloon Fiesta. 
 
In this month's Inside the Basket, Henry gives a sneak peek of his role and how he decides when a green flag can go up. 

To read other Inside the Basket interviews, click here
 
Introducing Jennifer Schurman

We are excited to announce that Jennifer Schurman has joined Balloon Fiesta's team. In her role, she will manage RVs and Navigators. We look forward to having her as part of the team! 
February in Ballooning

On February 10, 1914 Hans Rudolph Berliner, Alexander Hasse and A. Nicolai broke the Federeation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) world record for distance. The trio launched in Bitterfeld, Germany on January 8, and traveled 3,052.7 kilometers, landing near the town of Kirgischan in the Ural Mountains nearly two days later. During the 47-hour flight, the group crossed the Baltic Sea. This record was superseded in 1978. 
February 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 February. Thank you to Facebook user  @Craig Bowen!



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Sponsor Spotlight
 
Swire Coca-Cola of Albuquerque distributes over 500 different Coke products and other brands throughout New Mexico. Their organization has been an official sponsor of Balloon Fiesta since 2017 and is the Official Soft Drink provider at the event. In addition, Swire Coca-Cola sponsors a dual branded Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper Balloon  and Tuesdays during Balloon Fiesta are known as Coca Cola Day. Their sponsorship allows their team to be involved in an event they love, and introduce their brands to an international audience while keeping the hundreds of thousands of Balloon Fiesta guests hydrated. They are also able to utilize their sponsorship to intermingle with their employees, customers and consumers by hosting events in their corporate tent nightly, which provides a fun, non-work environment with a front row view of the night glows. We thank them for their support!

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

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