OCT. 6-14 2018

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the happenings and latest news surrounding the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! We have three news categories to choose from:

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

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Jun 25, 2018

Kim Judge is Balloon Fiesta’s Navigator and RV Manager. She works to help volunteers provide guests with the best experience possible. 

Take a look at this month’s Inside the Basket, where we explore what it takes to become a Navigator and why Kim does the job that she does. 

Mar 29, 2018

Liz Spielman (pictured on the left) is one of many employees who works year-round at Balloon Fiesta to make the event such a success. Starting as the Event Assistant in 2017, she has recently moved into the position of Event Coordinator. Read more about Liz’s Balloon Fiesta story in this month’s Inside the Basket. 

Feb 21, 2018

John Davis is a member of the Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee, as well as a co-author of a recent award winning book. As a Balloon Fiesta participant for more than 40 years, he brings a wealth of ballooning knowledge and experience.

This month’s Inside the Basket gives a look into his ballooning background and the co-authored book that paints the stupendous picture that Balloon Fiesta is.  

Jan 18, 2018

Elizabeth Wright-Smith, pilot of the special shape balloon ¢ent’r Stage, the Wells Fargo  Stagecoach, has been a part of the ballooning world since she was a young child. Even before becoming a pilot and moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she was involved with Balloon Fiesta. 

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Beth shares her ballooning background and information about the special shape balloon that she pilots.  


Dec 14, 2017

Brad Temeyer is celebrating his first year as Chief of the Weather Team at Balloon Fiesta. As Chief, he works to ensure the safety of balloonists participating in the event by leading weather forecasting for each session.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, he discusses his love for weather and how it plays an intricate role in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. From balloon crewing to meteorological support for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Championship, Brad shares his favorite ballooning and weather experiences.