OCT. 6-14 2018

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the happenings and latest news surrounding the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! We have three news categories to choose from:

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

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Jan 18, 2018

Elizabeth Wright-Smith, pilot of the special shape balloon ¢ent’r Stage, the Wells Fargo  Stagecoach, has been a part of the ballooning world since she was a young child. Even before becoming a pilot and moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she was involved with Balloon Fiesta. 

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Beth shares her ballooning background and information about the special shape balloon that she pilots.  


Dec 14, 2017

Brad Temeyer is celebrating his first year as Chief of the Weather Team at Balloon Fiesta. As Chief, he works to ensure the safety of balloonists participating in the event by leading weather forecasting for each session.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, he discusses his love for weather and how it plays an intricate role in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. From balloon crewing to meteorological support for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Championship, Brad shares his favorite ballooning and weather experiences.


Nov 20, 2017

Rick Bowles has been a longtime Balloon Fiesta volunteer. After his 42nd year volunteering, he is retiring.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Rick shares how he became involved with this event. From piloting to volunteering, we celebrate and thank him for his dedication to Balloon Fiesta.


Sep 25, 2017

Yudai Fujita from Japan, one of Balloon Fiesta’s newest pilots, is no stranger to the ballooning world. 

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Yudai provides insight into his piloting background. From his world champion title, to his newest venture at this year’s Balloon Fiesta, he shares his exciting and accomplished ballooning experiences. 

Aug 29, 2017

Dave Kinney has worked with Balloon Fiesta, to provide a unique guest experience for Balloon Fiesta’s Gondola Club goers, for nearly 15 years. 

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Dave shares his passion for balloons through the introduction of his personal ballooning hobbies and Balloon Fiesta background. From chase crewing to training navigators, he provides great insight into some of Balloon Fiesta’s most exclusive options.