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More than 500 Balloons To Soar at 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta gets underway Oct. 6-14 featuring more than 500 hot air balloons.

Monday, September 24 2012 19:55   Festivals
Thousands of ballooning fans and enthusiasts from around the world will gather Oct. 6-14, 2012 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The breathtaking mass ascensions featuring two waves of hot air balloons will fill Albuquerque's morning skies with hundreds of balloons on both weekends and on Wednesday of Balloon Fiesta.

balloon_aibf11_150Evening events bring dusk to life with Balloon Glows on the opening weekend then Thursday through Saturday of Balloon Fiesta.

Opening day at Balloon Fiesta Park will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 6:45 a.m. The 17th America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race, a cross country competition will also help start the opening day festivities.

The hot air balloon competitive flying starts on Monday of Balloon Fiesta week, with pilots competing to win cash prizes.

Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 19 countries participating in the 41st event, as each flies their nation's flags from their balloon.

A giant butterfly, ice cream cone, a giant elephant and other unique objects are among the 103 special shape balloons that will take to the skies for their own mass ascension and balloon glows on Thursday and Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world.

The Balloon Fiesta is still the premier international ballooning event, according to organizers, powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box." The combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape creates the box, allowing balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure.

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