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 :
Balloon Fiesta Insider

The winners of the 2019 Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest presented by Canon have been announced! The pictures truly depict this picture perfect event! Congrats to the grand prize winner, Mark Perkes! Take a look at his picture below.
To see the other winners, click  here.
Real IDs Needed for 2020 Balloon Fiesta

As you plan for your 2020 Balloon Fiesta trip, be sure to add a Real ID to your list. TSA at all U.S. airports will begin enforcing the use of a Real ID or passport to board an airplane on October 1, 2020. To learn more about Real IDs, click here: .  
Merchandise Update

Looking for a good deal, breathtaking images and a way to organize in the coming year? 2020 Balloon Fiesta calendars are still available to make every day feel like you're in a state of bliss! Calendars have been marked down to $4 each, so be sure to get yours before they're gone! Shop this deal exclusively on our  online  store.
Inside the Basket
Pat Young, Balloon Fiesta Deputy Director of Public Safety
Pat Young is Balloon Fiesta's Deputy Director of Public Safety. For the nine days of the Balloon Fiesta, he works with the rest of the public safety team to keep guests from around the world safe. 
In this month's Inside the Basket, learn more about his favorite Balloon Fiesta safety tips and what else keeps him busy throughout the year. 

To read other Inside the Basket interviews, click here
January in Ballooning

In January of 1998, pilot Dick Rutan and co-pilot David Melton attempted to fly around the world in a balloon. The team launched from Albuqueruqe, New Mexico and planned to utilize the jet stream air currents for an estimated 18 days. This attempt was unsuccessful. Check out this 1997 Washington Post article for more
January 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 January. Thank you to Facebook user  Brian Judy!

Do you have a favorite Balloon Fiesta photo? Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag our page for a chance to be featured in next month's newsletter! 
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Sponsor Spotlight

Sandia Resort & Casino is a Vegas-style casino that offers various amenities such as a luxury golf course and award-winning amphitheater. The organization has also been a Balloon Fiesta sponsor since 2001, making 2020 their 20 th  year of sponsorship. Through their official sponsorship of the After Glow ™  Fireworks, the Sandia Resort & Casino team is able to experience Balloon Fiesta's excitement alongside visitors from around the world and be a part of those visitors' memories. We thank them for their continued support!

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