Hot air balloon enthusiasts and novices alike will come together in wonderful expectation as more than 500 balloons launch each morning in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the 39th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will experience the admiration and wonder of the 2010 event themed “Earth, Wind and Flyers.”
More than 650 pilots will represent 17 countries and 39 states during the event that marks a yearly pilgrimage for balloonists from around the globe. New Mexico is home to the leading number of balloon pilots and nearly 200 balloons.
Ninety-one special shaped balloons are registered for the 2010 Fiesta including some of the latest balloons – The Stork, Waddles, Three Monkeys, Crazy Crab and Zebra. Special shapes are often the highlight of the week, specially for children who collect trading cards from their favorite balloons.
In addition to a spectacular feast for the eyes, Balloon Fiesta visitors are also treated to alluring tastes from around the Southwest.