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Jan 23, 2018

Balloon Fiesta Wins New Mexico Book Award



Contact: Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group | 505.898.8689,


Albuquerque, NM - Seven members of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee collaborated on a colorful ballooning book and entered it in the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in two categories, Art/Photography and Sports/Recreation.  The book was a finalist in both categories and won in the Sports and Recreation category.


Titled simply “Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta,” the 96-page, soft-cover book was published by Arcadia as part of its Images of Modern America series.  There were seven co-authors: Dick Brown, John Davis, Charlotte Kinney, Tom McConnell, Dick Rice, John Sena and Kim Vesely. After a foreword by Jewel Cutter, the book tells the Balloon Fiesta story in awesome photographs and crisp captions.

It captures the transformation of ballooning in Albuquerque from a whimsical balloon rally in 1972 to the world’s premier ballooning event today.  It features some of the most spectacular ballooning photographs ever taken at the Balloon Fiesta. As you page through the book, you will find yourself soaring to new heights and appreciating what sparked Albuquerque’s contagious community spirit and unbridled passion for ballooning.

Imagine yourself strolling among hundreds of swaying giants on the launch field, seemingly lost in a dizzying kaleidoscope of color.  You will find yourself mesmerized by the Balloon Fiesta’s signature events – weather-testing Dawn Patrols, ever-popular weekend Mass Ascensions, world-class Flights of the Nations, mind-boggling Special Shape Rodeos and sizzling Balloon Glows, plus spirited competition that year after year draws pilots and fans from all over the world.  And you will be able to step back in time when gas balloons first graced Albuquerque skies and enjoy the fascinating world of silent flight – the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race.

This is the Balloon Fiesta’s second award-winning book.  To celebrate 40 years of the Fiesta, the Heritage Committee developed “The World Comes to Albuquerque – The Dream Takes Flight,” published by Rio Grande Books.  In addition to several other awards, it won Best of Show and Best Art/Photography Book in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards competition.

The newest award-winning book by Arcadia Publishing is available in the Balloon Fiesta gift shop, online store and bookstores near you.

About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world. For details on events, schedule, entertainment and photographs visit our website www.balloonfiesta.com and follow us on Twitter @BalloonFiesta and Facebook.