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News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

Mar 13, 2012

Inside the Basket: Laurie Riedle

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Corporate Sponsorships Coordinator


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Years in Albuquerque: 35

 Years with Balloon Fiesta: 13 

What‘s a typical day in the office like for you?   Busy!  I spend the day making as many contacts as I can, and fill in time answering emails and phone calls and typing up contracts and proposals. I love this event and take my job very seriously.  The days go by very quickly! 

What is your favorite thing about Balloon Fiesta?  There really isn't any one thing that's my favorite. However I love the fact that even after 12 years, the beauty of the event can still stop me dead in my tracks!  I think everyone should experience this event at least once! 

What are you most looking forward to for the 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta?  I always look forward to seeing sponsors and pilots I only see during Balloon Fiesta.  Also, two years ago the balloons were able to launch every morning but some of the evening events had to be cancelled.  Last year the weather cancelled several events.  I hope that the 41st Balloon Fiesta has perfect weather for both the morning launches and the evening glows!