Event News & Updates
Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, a private nonprofit corporation, announced the election of its 2014 officers and welcomed JR Allison as a new director.
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Gas Balloon News
Official results have now been released for the 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons, confirming that Team 1, Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke, are the winners.
The last balloon aloft in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons has made a safe landing about four miles north of White River in Ontario, Canada.
For most of the night, apparent America’s Challenge winners Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke have been transiting Lake Superior. They’ve now been in the air more than 58 hours and have flown about 1,360 miles (2,185 km).
One balloon remains aloft in the 18th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons.
The Command Center has just received word that Team 5, Phil Bryant and Andy Cayton, have landed safely near Long Prairie, Minnesota. Their only problem? Mosquitoes at the landing site!
News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter
If you’ve ever been to Balloon Fiesta, you’ve most likely seen a Zebra. No, not the loud, striped ones you see at the zoo. Although usually seen in stripes and sometimes loud, Balloon Fiesta Zebras are our launch directors, cautiously guiding the balloon pilots into safe flight.
Bill White has been a proud member of the Zebras for 24 years and recently announced his retirement. We got the chance to talk to Bill and learn about his colorful stint as a Balloon Fiesta Zebra.
Balloon Fiesta merchandise overflows with colorful creations while reminding guests about the memories made at the event.
Helping the pins, jackets, and patches become a major part of the experience, Balloon Fiesta’s new merchandising manager Lisa Mulder speaks about the excitement and history behind Balloon Fiesta merchandise.
This year, JR Allison, longtime pilot, balloon owner and chaser joins the Board of Directors bringing more than 35-years of experience in ballooning. His passion and dedication to the ballooning community make him a valuable part of the team. “My interest in joining the Board of Directors is to help in any way possible to see that the Balloon Fiesta continues to succeed and prosper in the coming years,” Allison said.
If you attended the 2013 Balloon Fiesta, a mass ascension of balloons wasn’t the only cool thing you saw. Over 200 Airstream RVs traveled together to Albuquerque in October, including one family that has traveled over 40,000 miles in a 2007 Airstream International 25FB Ocean Breeze named “Mali Mish.”
Dan, the patriarch of the family and driver of Mali Mish, told us a little more about his RV experience at Balloon Fiesta and traveling with three kids under the age of 6.
As Balloon Fiesta is quickly approaching, Bill Walker, President of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors, gives fans insider tips and advice in this issue’s “Inside the Basket."