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 V.19 No.39 | September 30 - October 6, 2010 

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Balloon Fiesta 2010 Schedule

Every autumn we are greeted with three things here in the Land of Enchantmentthe aroma of roasting green chile, the deep-fried spectacle of the State Fair and the early morning sky filled with breathtaking globes of color, launched from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. From Oct. 2 through 10, hundreds of hot-air balloons will take flight over the Duke City at the world's largest ballooning festival. This schedule will keep you as occupied and cheerful as the skies above Albuquerque.

Getting There and Getting In

Balloon Fiesta Park is off Alameda, one mile west of I-25, at 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE.

Admission to the 2010 Balloon Fiesta is $6 for anyone over the age of 12. Kids under 12 can enjoy the balloons for free. On-site parking is $10. Park & Ride ticketswhich include shuttle service to the grounds and admission to the fiestaare available in advance online ($10 per adult, $5 per child aged 6 to 12, free ride and admission for younger children) or day-of (tack on $5 for each adult). There will be no Rail Runner service to the Balloon Fiesta this year.

To obtain information on everything from Park & Ride tickets and locations to when "Smokey" is going up, call 821-1000 (the area code for Albuquerque and Santa Fe is 505), toll free at (888) 422-7277, or visit balloonfiesta.com.

Saturday, Oct. 2

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show

6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

6:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

7 a.m. Mass Ascension

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Echo Series Chain Saw Carving Championship

5:45 p.m. Twilight Twinkle Glow

8 p.m. AfterGlow Fireworks Show

Sunday, Oct. 3

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show

6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

6:45 a.m. Mass Ascension

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Echo Series Chain Saw Carving Championship

9 a.m. Fiesta of Wheels Car Show

11 a.m. Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Balloon Discovery Center)

5 p.m. Echo Series Chain Saw Carving Championship Auction and Raffle

5:45 p.m. Balloon Glow

8 p.m. AfterGlow Fireworks Show

Monday, Oct. 4

(No Park & Ride service)

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol

7 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold'em

Tuesday, Oct. 5

(No Park & Ride service)

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol

7 a.m. Flying Competition: Balloon Fiesta Hold'em

2 p.m. American's Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation

6 p.m. America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race Launch

Wednesday, Oct. 6

(No Park & Ride service)

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show

6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

6:45 a.m. Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension

7 a.m. Flying Competition

Thursday, Oct. 7

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol

6:45 a.m. Special Shapes Rodeo

7 a.m. Flying Competition: Prize Grab

Noon to 8 p.m. Echo Regional Chain Saw Carving Championship

5:45 p.m. Special Shape Glowdeo

8 p.m. AfterGlow Fireworks Show

Friday, Oct. 8

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol

6:45 a.m. Special Shapes Rodeo

7 a.m. Key Grab Competition

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ECHO Regional Chain Saw Carving Championship

5:45 p.m. Special Shape Glowdeo

8 p.m. AfterGlow Fireworks Show

Saturday, Oct. 9

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show

6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

7 a.m. Mass Ascension

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ECHO Regional Chain Saw Carving Championship

5 p.m. ECHO Series Chain Saw Carving Championship Auction and Raffle

5:45 p.m. Night Magic Glow

8 p.m. AfterGlow Fireworks Show

Sunday, Oct. 10

5:45 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show

6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow

7 a.m. Farewell Mass Ascension

 
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