Save The Date
Join us October 2-10, 2021, for the 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2021 theme is "Time Flies On!" Start your planning for the festivities which all start on Saturday, October 2,  and include the awe-inspiring Mass Ascension!  Here is a link to the 2021 event schedule

2020 Heritage Award Winner

Congratulations to Jim Byrd, for being awarded the  2020 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Heritage Award! This award  rec ognizes individuals who have made  significant and long-time contributions to Balloon Fiesta through preservation of Balloon Fiesta corporate or  event history, promotion, communication, or educational activities, or through other innovations that have been shown to help achieve AIBF's mission statement.  Jim was Assistant Safety Officer for AIBF in 1984 and 1985, but is best known for his contributions to competition scoring. Learn more about Jim Byrd, here.
Balloon Fiesta Insider

We want to express our sincere gratitude to each and every one of our pilots, sponsors, guests, volunteers, newsletter subscribers and followers who have supported us over the past few weeks. Postponing the 49th event was a difficult decision but with your continued support, we'll continue moving forward and hopefully see your faces, with hundreds of bright balloons in 2021!
Merchandise Update

The Official 2020 Balloon Fiesta Serigraph Poster is now available for purchase! The poster is the third in a series leading up to the 50th event and shares yet another piece of the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote's Balloon Fiesta story. Due to the postponement of the 49th event, we've decided to expand the series to include a fifth poster. Be sure to collect this year's artwork by ordering online at learn more about this year's poster from the artist himself, click here.

Additionally, for those looking to start or add to a Balloon Fiesta pin collection, the 2020 Heritage Collector's Edition pin is now available online or for curbside pickup from our gift shop. This year's Heritage Honoree is Jim Byrd, a pilot since 1974. Jim has been involved in Balloon Fiesta in numerous roles, but is best known for writing the software program to compute and track competition scores for Balloon Fiesta. He still serves as the chief scoring official for the America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race. 

Inside the Basket
Michelle Healy, Balloon Fiesta Chief Launch Director
As a Balloon Fiesta Launch Director, Michell e H e aly helps balloons safely take flight.
In this month's Inside the Basket, Michelle shares more about how pilots are cleared for takeoff and how she became involved with Balloon Fiesta 26 years ago.

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

On July 23, 2016, Fedor Konyukhov set a new world record for the shortest, solo travel time around the world, in a balloon. He traveled 20,506 miles in just over 11 days, beating the previous record by two days. Konyukhov launched from the Northam airport near Perth, Australia in a Roziere type balloon that was nearly 200 feet tall and landed just outside of Bonnie Rock, Australia. More about this accomplishment, can be found, here:
July 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 July. Thank you to Facebook user @Lynette Hoogerhyde Colyer !

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

Albertsons Market is a grocery store with 13 locations in the Albuquerque metropolitan area and has been Balloon Fiesta's Official Supermarket since 2018. As the Official Supermarket of Balloon Fiesta, Albertsons Market is able to invest in the community that they serve, share more about their brand to a local and national audience and provide guests with the opportunity to win great prizes at their booth. We thank them for their continued support!

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