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World’s Largest Ballooning Event Hosts 548 Balloon Teams

Seven teams from four nations answered the roll call as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta welcomed a distinguished international field of competitors to the 19th America’s Challenge distance race for balloons.


Balloon Fiesta celebrates Kid’s Day, presented by KOB-TV with pin design winner
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc. announced today that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (also known as Drones) are banned from flying above Balloon Fiesta Park and within the event’s Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR).

Gas Balloon News

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Update Saturday, October 11, 10:30 PM MDT (0430Z)

Pilots, crews, and officials for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 19th America’s Challenge gathered tonight to celebrate a safe and successful race and to congratulate Anulfo Gonzalez and Angel Aguirre of Spain on their victory.

Update Thursday, October 9, 9:00 AM MDT (1500Z)

The Command Center reports that the final team aloft in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 19th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloon has made a picture-perfect stand-up landing south-southwest of Lebanon, Kentucky.

Update Thursday, October 9, 5:15 PMMDT (1115Z)

There’s a phrase in America: “It’s all over but the shouting.”  Well, at the America’s Challenge, it’s never all over until the last team is safely on the ground, the crew has reached and packed the balloon, and the teams are all on the way back to Albuquerque.

Update: Wednesday, October 8, 11:30 PM MDT (0530Z)

The America’s Challenge Race Command Center has just received word that Kryzsztof Zapart and Mateusz Rękas of Poland (Team 6) have executed a safe night landing near Perryville, MO, about 60 miles (96 km) south-southeast of St. Louis and not far from the Mississippi River.  They traveled 941 miles (1,514 km) in 46 hours aloft, and are the apparent second place finishers in the race.

Tue 10/8/14 10:45 PM MDT (0445Z)

Only two teams remain aloft in the America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons, flying through the night in the quest to travel further than their fellow competitors and claim the title in one of the world’s most prestigious races.

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

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To welcome everyone to the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, we invited Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry to say a few words about the event. Read Mayor Richard J. Berry’s welcome here.

Voted Best Valet Service for Bikes, Balloon Fiesta’s Bike Valet helps all cyclists enjoy the event without the hassle of traffic.

This year, the Bike Valet service will be located on the Balloon Museum grounds, right next to the La Cueva Bicycle Path. This location is a couple hundred yards further east from the old location and will make it easier for cyclists to line up as they wait for their ticket.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, we had the chance to learn about the history of the Bike Valet and its importance to Balloon Fiesta from coordinator and volunteer David Candelaria.

Longtime Balloon Fiesta Pilot Bob Romaneschi has wrangled bees, butterflies, and spiders for over 30 years. Romaneschi is part owner of The Little Bees Family (Little Bee Lilly, Little Bee Joey and Little Bee Joelly) Butterfly, and SpyderPig.

We asked Romaneschi about his favorite things about Balloon Fiesta in this month’s Inside The Basket.

The design/build contractor for the Paseo del Norte/I-25 Interchange Reconstruction Project is working hard to finish as much of the Project as possible prior to the start of the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Peter Cuneo and wife/partner Barbara Fricke won last year’s 2013 America’s Challenge. We asked Peter to tell us about the winning journey.


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