World’s Largest Ballooning Event Takes to Skies October 6-14
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta celebrates its 41st event with over 500 hot air balloons representing 19 countries. The 41st event will occur October 6-14, 2012 at Balloon Fiesta Park, in Albuquerque, NM. The breathtaking mass ascensions featuring two waves of hot air balloons will fill Albuquerque’s morning skies with hundreds of balloons on both weekends and on Wednesday of Balloon Fiesta. Evening events bring dusk to life with Balloon Glows on the opening weekend then Thursday through the second Saturday of Balloon Fiesta.
Opening day at Balloon Fiesta Park will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 6:45 a.m. The 17th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, a cross country competition will also help commence the opening day festivities.
The hot air balloon competitive flying starts on Monday of Balloon Fiesta week, with pilots competing to win cash prizes. Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 19 countries participating in the 41st event, as each flies their nation’s flags from their balloon.
A giant butterfly, ice cream cone, a giant elephant and other unique objects are among the 102 special shape balloons that will take to the skies for their own mass ascension and balloon glows on Thursday and Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
Source: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc