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At 17, Victoria Vertrees may have been one of the youngest pilots to take flight at this year's Balloon Fiesta, but she was no newcomer to the world of ballooning. Taking time between homework assignments and college applications, Veronica shares how she became involved and what it's like to pilot a hot air balloon in this month’s Inside the Basket.
The 24-member Balloon Fiesta board of directors works year-round, in many capacities, to help plan for the Balloon Fiesta every year. Jaz Czar serves as the board president. Learn more about Jay Czar’s Balloon Fiesta favorites in this month’s Inside the Basket.
The 24-member Balloon Fiesta board of directors works year-round, in many capacities, to help plan for the annual event. Justice Judith Nakamura, of the New Mexico Supreme Court and balloonist, serves on the board of directors. Learn more about Justice Nakamura's Balloon Fiesta favorites in this month's Inside the Basket.
Every year during the Balloon Fiesta hundreds of hot air balloons take flight. Controlling those colorful giants are the dedicated men and women who make each Balloon Fiesta as memorable as the last. Cheri White, a commercial hot air balloon pilot with over 2,300 pilot hours, is one of many pilots participating in the 2016 Balloon Fiesta. Flying since the age of 14, Cheri has flown in more than 40 states around the country and around the world. With multiple medals and honors under her belt, Cheri is currently the Southwest Region Director and Vice President of the Balloon Federation of America. Learn more about Cheri White and the advice she has for future pilots in this month’s Inside the Basket.
Balloon Fiesta’s staff works tirelessly year-round to prepare for the event. Susan Dunn serves as the bookkeeper for Balloon Fiesta. Read more about Susan’s story and what she thinks is the best part of her job in this month’s Inside the Basket!