Posted in New Mexico September 23, 2016by David Cooper, Guest Contributor
This Colorful Festival In Albuquerque Will Keep You Staring At The Sky In Wonder
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been an annual event since 1972. The event began as a 50th anniversary celebration for the local radio station KOB.The station enlisted the help of Sid Cutter, the owner of the first hot air balloon in New Mexico, and the event has evolved into a fantastic nine-day-long festival that visitors from around the world look forward to each October.
Today sees an average of 100,000 spectators a year. There are multiple events, including a dawn patrol, mass ascensions, and evening glow events that take place after sunset. Crews work to chase down balloons when they land in all different areas of the Albuquerque landscape.
This event brings many tourists and enthusiasts from all over the world. The event begins October 1st and runs through the 9th. It is truly a wonderful, one-of-a-kind local tradition.