Balloon Fiesta Navigators, Mike and Mairiene Miranda, have worked tirelessly every year to ensure that the Balloon Fiesta runs without error. Mike and Mairiene have been volunteering with Balloon Fiesta for 15 years as part of the RV team. Read more about their story and what keeps them coming back year after year in this month’s Inside the Basket!
What made you both decide to start volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta?
A friend of ours, Rusty Maison, held an RV rally at the Balloon Fiesta 15 years ago. We attended the rally and were talked into volunteering for the Balloon Fiesta RV team by Rusty, and we’ve been a part of the RV team every year since then.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Our favorite part of the job has to be the work involved in preparing the RV parking lots for the guests and also meeting new people every year.
What is your favorite memory from the Balloon Fiesta?
Mike: Every year brings a different favorite memory, but what I enjoy more than anything is the expressions on the faces of children attending Balloon Fiesta.
What advice do you have for first time Balloon Fiesta volunteers?
Mike: Enjoy every minute, it is a chance of a lifetime to work at the Balloon Fiesta, it truly is.
Mairiene: Make sure you bring both summer and winter clothing. The first year we volunteered we did not think it would get as cold as it did, so it is good to be prepared.
What is your favorite concessions go-to snack?
Mike: I enjoy the hot dogs at Balloon Fiesta, no specific vendor.
Mairiene: I one thing I can think of is the turkey legs, they are very good.
Finally, what is your favorite hot air balloon?
Mike: That is a hard question to answer, but I would have to say I do enjoy seeing the space shuttle balloon, that is one of my favorites.
Mairiene: My favorite balloons to see are the bumble bees, especially when they are holding hands.