Event News & Updates

May 21, 2010

Don Edwards Joins Balloon Fiesta as Event Director


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta announced today that Don Edwards of Orlando, Florida, has been named as Event Director...

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta announced today that Don Edwards of Orlando, Florida, has been named as Event Director and will begin work in his new position next month.

Edwards is no stranger to the sport of hot air ballooning.  He is the current president of the Balloon Federation of America (BFA), and the BFA director for the southeast region.  As a pilot, Edwards has logged more than 2,400 hours over 20+ years. Some of the well known balloons he has flown include Blockbuster Video, Budweiser, Ziploc Bag, Shamu the Whale, the Energizer Bunny, Miss Daisy and the Popcorn Bag. He owns the Shamrock special shape balloon and has attended Balloon Fiesta many times.  Additionally, Don has participated in more than 200 balloon events in five different countries.

“We are very happy to have Don join the Balloon Fiesta family. The friends he has made, the knowledge and experience he has gained through his years of ballooning and enthusiasm make Don the optimal choice for this position“ said Paul Smith, Executive Director.

This year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, “Earth, Wind and Flyers” will be held October 2 – 11, 2010 at Balloon Fiesta Park.  We hope to see you then!