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 V.15 No.40 | October 5 - 11, 2006 

Feature: Schedule

The Schedule

The Balloon Fiesta is here yet again. From Oct. 6-15, hundreds of balloons will fill the skies above Albuquerque, leading to dozens of car accidents across the city. Will you be one of those hapless gawkers? Let's hope not. Go to Balloon Fiesta Park and enjoy the event the proper way.

Friday, Oct. 6

Albuquerque Aloft

7 to 10 a.m.

Children across Albuquerque and Rio Rancho will have the privilege of watching balloons lift off from their very own elementary schools. Definitely not a day to ditch.

Fiesta Challenge Competition Flight

5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct.r 7

Dawn Patrol Show

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

Just like the Dawn Patrol (see Oct. 9 listing), except the launch is choreographed and set to music.

Opening Ceremonies

6:45 to 7 a.m.

Mass Ascension

7 to 8:30 a.m.

Not only is this a tribute to balloonists everywhere, but also to our lovely country! All participating balloons will launch at once, led by one very special patriotic balloon waving the American flag to a background tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Fiesta del Vino

10 a.m to 6 p.m.

A wine tasting (separate admission required: $10 which includes a souvenir wine glass) with plenty of hot air and entertainment.

America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation

2 to 5 p.m.

Come watch as numerous “long-distance” balloons are inflated.

Fiesta Challenge

5 to 7 p.m.

A classic ballooning game in which balloonists attempt to drop a marker closest to a target.

America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race Launch

6 to 8 p.m.

After having watched the “long-distance” balloons inflate, come back to see them launch.

Sunday, October 8

Dawn Patrol Show

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Mass Ascension

7 to 8:30 a.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Fiesta of Wheels Car Show

9 a.m. to noon

Fiesta del Vino

Noon to 6 p.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Balloon Glow

5:45 to 8 p.m.

All of the balloons simultaneously fire their burners and light up from the inside, creating the effect of giant Christmas tree ornaments.

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

8 to 9 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 9

Dawn Patrol

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

Much more exciting than a regular balloon launch, because these balloons are equipped with decorative lights.

Flying Competition Balloon Fiesta Hold'em

7 to 8 a.m.

Similar to the Fiesta Challenge, but also includes other competitions.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Dawn Patrol

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 9 listing.

Flying Competition Balloon Fiesta Hold'em

7 to 11:45 a.m.

See Oct. 9 listing.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Dawn Patrol Show

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension

7 to 10 a.m.

Balloonists from each nation will launchone at a timeto their national anthem while waving their flag.

GoldenPalace.net World Breakfast Burrito Eating Championship

10 to 11 a.m.

A competition to see who can stuff their face the fullest with burritoswhat more is there to say, really?

Thursday, Oct. 12

Dawn Patrol

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 9 listing.

Wells Fargo Special Shape Rodeo™

7 to 8 a.m.

This is a mass ascension of all the balloons which don't conform to the norm; that is, not rounded in shape. Will it be a tin can? A porcupine? An anvil? In this issue, we've featured illustrations of some of the most hotly anticipated special shapes. They get stranger every year.

Flying Competition and Prize Grab

8 to 10 a.m.

Another test of piloting skills.

Wells Fargo Special Shape Glowdeo™

5:45 to 8 p.m.

All of the special-shaped balloons will participate in a balloon glow.

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

8 to 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13

Dawn Patrol

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 9 listing.

Wells Fargo Special Shape Rodeo™

7 to 8 a.m.

See Oct. 12 listing.

Honda Ridgeline Key Grab Competition

8 to 10 a.m.

Balloonists must navigate around a pole and grab an envelope that is attached. They could win great prizes, like cash oryou guessed ita Honda.

Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Keep the blades away from the balloons, please.

Wells Fargo Special Shape Glowdeo™

5:45 to 8 p.m.

See Oct. 12 listing.

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

8 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Dawn Patrol Show

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Mass Ascension

7 to 8:30 a.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Chainsaw Wood Carving Contest

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

See Oct. 13 listing.

Night Magic™ Show

5:45 to 8 p.m.

Another balloon glow, presented by Wal-Mart.

AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show

8 to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Dawn Patrol Show

5:45 to 6:45 a.m.

See Oct. 7 listing.

Farewell Mass Ascension

7 to 8:30 a.m.

The last, and thus saddest, mass ascension of them all. Farewell, Balloon Fiesta, farewell!

Tickets

$6 for anyone over the age of 12. Kids 12 and under are free.

Getting There

Park and Ride

Make life easy on yourselfuse the Park and Ride Service. General admission to the fiesta is waived if you have a Park and Ride ticket.

From parking lots to Balloon Fiesta Park:

Weekends: 4:30 to 7 a.m., 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Weekdays: 5 to 7 a.m., 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

From Balloon Fiesta Park back to parking lots:

Last morning session bus leaves at 11 a.m.

Last evening session bus leaves at 10 p.m.

For a list of designated parking lots, go to www.balloonfiesta.com.

Rail Runner

Another fine option is to take our beautiful new train. During the weekends of Oct. 7-8 and 14-15, only passengers with a valid Park and Ride ticket will be able to ride the train. For a complete schedule of running times, visit www.nmrailrunner.com.

Tickets (both general admission and Park and Ride) can be purchased online at www.balloonfiesta.com or by calling (888) 422-7277 ext. 303.

 

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