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: 
COVID-19 Update
Planning continues for the 49th event, set to take place October 3-11. To provide a status update and answer some of our most received questions, Sam Parks, Balloon Fiesta Director of Operations has joined Balloon Fiesta Communications Lead, Tom Garrity, in a video update. Watch now by clicking here:
Merchandise Update

Looking for a fun, new activity to do at home? Balloon Fiesta's new custom puzzle has arrived! Bring Balloon Fiesta to life with this 550-piece puzzle of a stunning splash and dash river scene. Wanting more? We've also received the new 2020 patches. Our gift shop is currently closed for walk-in shopping. But, this puzzle, the new patches and other Balloon Fiesta merchandise are still available. Shopping options include:
  • Shopping the online store at where you may choose in-store pick up as an option. Customers will receive a call or email with pick up instructions.
  • For those who request assistance ordering, please call 505-821-1000 and leave a message for Jayne (ext 120) or Lisa (ext 105), who will call back to take orders over the phone. 
Below is a look at the new puzzle and patches. 

Inside the Basket
Nancy Abruzzo, Balloon Fiesta Welcome Committee International Pilots Team Leader
Nancy Abruzzo is a Balloon Fiesta Navigator who helps create a seamless event for first-time Balloon Fiesta pilots. She has also created a Balloon Fiesta-based children's book that brings imagination and wonder to story time.
In this month's Inside the Basket, we learn more about how she welcomes international pilots to New Mexico and about her book.

To read other Inside the Basket interviews, click here
Balloon Fiesta Insider

We are happy to share that Brandon Saiz will be the opening act for the 2020 Music Fiesta! Known for his unique country sound and energetic performances his single "Tequila & Two Step" has been streamed in over 57 countries. For more information on this year's all-star Music Fiesta lineup, or to secure your seats, click here.
May in Ballooning

On May 20, 1994, Dr. William (Bill) Bussey and pilots Jim Herschend, John Wallis, Pat Kimmerling and Guy Gauthier flew five hot air balloons in Marvel Cave's Cathedral Room, in Silver Dollar City, Missouri. In addition to the inflation, the pilots participated in a game of "Capture the flag" and even created a balloon glow. This event became a Guinness world record for the first underground balloon competition and the first underground balloon glow. Learn more about Dr. Bussey's ballooning accomplishments, here:
May 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 May. Thank you to Instagram user  @degreesoffnorth!

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

Wells Fargo & Company is a financial services company that provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance. In addition, for more than 30 years, their company has sponsored Balloon Fiesta is a variety of ways. This year, their team will sponsor a corporate hospitality tent. This opportunity allows employees, clients, friends of the organization and their families to access the "best seat in the house" to enjoy a beautiful Balloon Fiesta evening glow. It also gives their organization the chance to support community events that lend to New Mexico's title as the Land of Enchantment. We thank them for their continued support!

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