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Blowing hot , but definitely not cold is the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival. A yearly extravaganza of hot air balloons taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival is the largest fiesta of hot air balloons with over 500 plus balloons taking part in the event.
Started first time in the year 1972 to celebrate the 50th birthday of KOB Radio, it was later taken up as an annual event of hot air ballooning .
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Promoting great camaraderie between the participants, the 9 day fiesta brings to the fore people from all over the
world on the same platform for whom sky is the limit.
Held each year in the month of October the skyline of Albuquerque becomes a canopy of colorful soaring balloons.
A favourite with the artists and the shutterbugs , the dawn and the dusk are the best time to explore their passion.
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The Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival showcases not only the traditional balloons but also some
uniquely shaped balloons including the twin bees , cow , wagon coach , and piggy bank to name a few .
Taking place at the Balloon Fiesta Park , located at North Alameda Boulevard , the Fiesta Park can accommodate
54 football fields .
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Pilots compete in Balloon Fiesta Hold ’em, Key Grab, Balloon Fiesta Golf, Multiple Judge-Declared Goal, Fly-in Task, Minimum
Double Drop and a Prize Grab. All competitions are based on flying accuracy rather than speed. With so many interesting events lined up the favourite with the crowd is the Mass Ascension event , when 500+ balloons are launched from the Balloon Fiesta Park and thousands of upturned faces are transfixed as if looking forward to discovering the world above.
As there are no stands or gallery at the Fiesta Park , only a limited number of benches , and picnic tables are available
so try reaching a little early to grab a seat  and see the balloons up close and speak to its pilots as well .
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  *Tickets to the Balloon Fiesta can be purchased by calling ( 855 ) 725 – 1824 , at Balloon Fiesta Gift Shop at 4401
    Alameda Blvd, or online at www.balloonfiesta.com
  *Parking is available at the venue.
  *Smoking is a strict NO inside the Balloon Fiesta Park.
  *Food is allowed inside but glass and alcohol is restricted.
  *The Parking and the Grounds both are Handicap Accessible.
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