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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Feb 21, 2018

John Davis is a member of the Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee, as well as a co-author of a recent award winning book. As a Balloon Fiesta participant for more than 40 years, he brings a wealth of ballooning knowledge and experience.

This month’s Inside the Basket gives a look into his ballooning background and the co-authored book that paints the stupendous picture that Balloon Fiesta is.  

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.