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May 27, 2010
This article has historical background information on licensing, statistics, crew information.
May 27, 2010
From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become hands-down the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta hosts hundreds of balloons and over 1,000 pilots.
May 27, 2010

Some innovative events in Albuquerque have focused on guest appeal, and several have become permanent fixtures of Balloon Fiesta. One of those fixtures is a gas balloon event. In 1981, gas balloons were invited to participate.

May 27, 2010

A City's pride... The sport of ballooning numbers among its greatest achievers many citizens of Albuquerque, adding additional weight to the city's claim to "The Balloon Capital of the World."

May 27, 2010
Guests of the 1987 Balloon Fiesta saw the beginning of a permanent addition to Balloon Fiesta. That addition was the Balloon Glow. This event originally came from events in Longview, TX and Durango, CO in which Scott Appelman, a Balloon Fiesta board member at the time, participated.
May 27, 2010
For questions like; How much does a balloon cost? and How can I be involved without buying a balloon or becoming a pilot? and How do balloons fly? read this article.

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Balloon Fiesta Park

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5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


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