Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Jennifer Garcia with the RV division gives us a unique perspective into her involvement with Balloon Fiesta. For an up-to-date list of RV availability, visit our website.
How many years have you lived in New Mexico? I was born and raised here in Albuquerque, NM. I lived in Dallas, TX and Denver, CO from 2005-2008 for my husband’s job. Glad to be back!
What’s your role at Balloon Fiesta? What does your job entail? I am in charge of our RV division. My job entails making sure that we are constantly booking reservations and answering questions for the RV groups that tour New Mexico during the Balloon Fiesta. I deal with everyone who is driving their home away from home to Albuquerque to enjoy the show. For most of the RVers it is something that they have planned for over a year and is on their bucket list.
How long have you been part of the Balloon Fiesta? I started working for AIBF in January of 2012, but I have been involved since 2001 when my husband and I purchased a special shape balloon. 1down8-2go, the grey cat with x’s for eyes.
What’s the best part of your job? Talking and meeting people who travel the US for fun. I get to hear why they love Balloon Fiesta, how long they have been coming and who they are bringing this year.
What’s your favorite part of the Balloon Fiesta event? The children’s expressions. I have a 9 year-old-son who lives and breathes ballooning. So to see young children wonder about the science and “whys” behind ballooning is truly wonderful.
What are you looking forward to most for this year’s Balloon Fiesta? Actually, to see how it all works! This is my first year working the Balloon Fiesta in a manner in which I have never done. To see how our hard work and planning pays off and where I can improve the RV area.
What are some of the benefits of bringing an RV to Balloon Fiesta? When you bring an RV to Balloon Fiesta, you are bringing a home away from home; the benefits are the community relationships that you built. Not only do you meet new people, you also get a chance to meet up with friends and family. I have noticed that they are friends and family who like to share a unique event together. They meet for breakfast in the mornings outside of someone’s RV and watch the show. Of course staying in your own bed is nice and having the amenities of home too, but I truly believe they come from all over the world for the relationships that they have built with friends.
If you come to Balloon Fiesta via an RV, you can book into a site with electric and water, or you can dry camp. Either way you are certain to have a great time!