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Mar 8, 2016

Who Conducts Balloon Fiesta?


It's All In the Name

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, Balloon Fiesta Park, Fiesta on the Green, the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, Balloon Fiesta Parkway, Balloon Museum Drive… We know!! It’s all a little confusing. Let’s see if we can clear things up.

Let’s start by identifying the distinctions. There are locations. There are entities. And there are events.

The first location is BALLOON FIESTA PARK (located at 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway) is a city park, open to the public, and run by the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department (an entity).

Balloon Fiesta Park consists of the Launch Field, the Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion, the Public Safety Building, Eastdale Little League, LAFL Landfill (used for Balloon Fiesta Standard RV Parking), the Balloon Museum, and the Golf and Event Center at Balloon Fiesta Park (also known as Fiesta on the Green; formerly known as Garduno’s or Garduno’s on the Green), which also houses the Golf Training Center.

The above facilities also available for rent, and host events throughout the year such as the Doggie Dash and Dawdle, Freedom 4th, the Color Run, the Celtic Festival, balloon rallies, and many other events conducted by private, non-profit or municipal entities.

The second location, and also a city facility, the ANDERSON-ABRUZZO ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON MUSEUM (located at 9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE – the beautiful building directly south of the Launch Field) is one of many museums in the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department. Affiliated with the museum is the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation (another entity). The foundation works collaboratively with the museum to raise funds, foster public recognition and promote and build membership for the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

During Balloon Fiesta (the event) the Balloon Museum Foundation  operates viewing events such as “Balloons and Breakfast” and “Dine and Glow,” (formerly known as the Diamond Club) both inside the Balloon Museum as fundraising for the museum. These viewing events could be compared to the Balloon Fiesta’s Gondola Club or Chasers’ Club. Additionally, the Balloon Museum Foundation rents private “Sky Boxes,” which could be compared to the AIBF corporate tents, called “Fiesta Tents.” 

Also available for rent, the Balloon Museum features many events run by private, non-profit or municipal entities, such as the Renaissance Faire, the Great New Mexico Food Truck Festival, the Albuquerque Folk Festival, Chic-I-Boom Ball and more.

The reason you’re receiving this newsletter is because you volunteer for the ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA (BOTH an entity and an event). The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Inc. (the entity - located at 4401 Alameda Blvd. NE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) responsible for conducting the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (the event).

In order to host the worlds’ premier ballooning event, AIBF leases Balloon Fiesta Park and all of its facilities from the City of Albuquerque for the months of September and October. That is the only event conducted by AIBF.

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