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Sep 30, 2015

Tri-Birds, Pirate Ship and Cyclope to Soon Fill Albuquerque Skies

Tri-Birds, Pirate Ship and Cyclope to Soon Fill Albuquerque Skies The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® Announces New Special Shapes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group | 505.898.8689,

Albuquerque, NM – The 44th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon will host international Special Shape balloon teams as a part of the world’s premier balloon event, October 3-11.


Special Shape balloons have held a special honor at Balloon Fiesta® since the premiere of the Special Shape Rodeo™ in 1989, the first event of its kind devoted exclusively to Special Shapes hot air balloons. Today, it’s the most popular event at Balloon Fiesta Park. On Thursday and Friday of Balloon Fiesta week during the Special Shapes Rodeo, Special Shape balloons will take to the launch field and ascend into the sky, creating a delightful display of wondrous shapes and fun characters. Special Shapes also participate in two evening events; known at the Special Shape Glowdeo™. The balloons remain tethered to the ground, lighting their burners to create a spectacular glowing effect.


Special Shape hot air balloons making their inaugural appearance at Balloon Fiesta include:

  • “Lottie Dottie Chicken” - designed after a blue chicken
  • “Black Sheep” –just how it sounds
  • “Neptuno” – an underwater seahorse
  • “Piranha” – a sharp-tooth floating fish
  • “Splash” –  a penguin
  • “Pirate Ship”- a gigantic ship
  • “WAG (World Air Games)”- an international shape from Dubai
  • “Cyclope”- a purple monster
  • “Oons Kearlke (Husband)” – boy character sporting a red ball cap
  • “Oons Kearlke (Wife)” –  pigtailed female character from Great Britain
  • “Sonic” – the Hedgehog
  • “Tri-Birds” – Three headed toucan
  •  “Dream Catcher” – A butterfly flying in a field of tulips
  • “Walkin’on Air”—A pair of flip flops walking on a balloon
  • “Little Dog” – A suspender wearing pup standing upright
  • “Little Giraffe” – The upper extremity of a beautiful giraffe
  • “Keystone Willy”—A white mustache sheriff
  • “Kermie” – The Frog


While many of the special shapes will be participating in the weekend mass ascensions, Balloon Fiesta has two events that feature only special shape balloons. The Special Shape Rodeo™ and Glowdeo™ events will take place Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9. Check out a preview of this year’s Special Shape list: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/pilots-and-crew/special-shapes-directory.


About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world. For details on events, schedule, entertainment and photographs visit our website www.balloonfiesta.com and follow us on Twitter @BalloonFiesta and Facebook.