I Love New Mexico

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Posted by admin on October - 4 - 2011 | 9 Comments


As I write, the skies over Albuquerque are filled with hot air balloons.  It’s happening right now – and it’s one of my favorite events of all time.  For all the years I’ve lived in New Mexico and all the times I’ve been on the field with balloonists and spectators and crew members, I never get over the awe of Balloon Fiesta.   Breathtaking is a big word, but it’s the only word that works for being on the field at Balloon Fiesta.

I’m always shocked at the number of native New Mexicans that have never been.  “Too crowded,” they say.  “Traffic too crazy.”  “Too expensive.” 

Let me get rid of one of those excuses.  The Tour of Texas is offering two tickets for Saturday, October 8.  If you’re lucky and win, you get into Balloon Fiesta park free where you can see the Morning Glow and Mass Ascension, or it you prefer the evening event, take in the Night Magic Glow and AfterGlow Fireworks.  (See event schedule here.)

And why is “I Love New Mexico” touting The Tour of Texas?  Because they’re at the Balloon Fiesta as well!  Anyone who has the good sense to come to Balloon Fiesta deserves a nod – and the Tour of Texas sounds like a great time – here’s what their press release says:

“Texas on Tour is a high-tech, interactive, mobile marketing exhibit featuring virtual reality, a 30-foot dome enclosed theater, green screen video and photography, interactive games, live music and more. Texas on Tour transports each visitor to unique outdoor Texas experiences that are highly entertaining, educational and personalized – such as a virtual reality kayaking trip through Texas waterways – uniquely showcasing the Lone Star State. Visitors to the exhibit can “picture themselves in Texas” and stroll along a Texas beach through the use of green screen technology. Daily performances from Texas musicians and entertainers will also be featured.

We are thrilled to have Texas on Tour traveling to nine destinations across the U.S. in 2011 to encourage travel to Texas and give potential visitors the ability to experience firsthand the many sights and sounds of the Lone Star State,” said Julie Chase, Director of Tourism, Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism. “Texas on Tour complements our advertising campaign efforts, and is designed to generate an emotional response from participants as they experience the variety of attractions that Texas has to offer.”

 Here’s how you win:  Comment on this post, or on the I Love New Mexico Facebook page.  That’s all.  The deadline for comments is Wednesday, October 5, 2001 at 12:00 p.m. MST.  There will be a random drawing from all comments and the winner will be notified by 2:00 p.m. MST on October 5, 2011.

And if you win, please stop by the Texas on Tour display at Fiesta.  We think you’ll like it, almost as much as your visit to New Mexico!


9 Responses so far.

  1. Kate says:

    You know, it’s not the price OR the crowds that’s keeping me away from Balloon Fiesta this year, it’s the transportation. Going green (relying on public transportation) seemed a reasonable thing to do and I sold my car last year. This year I’ve found out just how difficult it is to get around to Albuquerque special events, including the Balloon Fiesta, with public transportation. Sure, I have the option of taking those great shuttle buses into the Balloon Fiesta, but there are no buses leaving downtown in time to get me to the park and ride locations. And while I can get on the 141 or the 10 and walk in early in the morning, I can’t get rides back downtown after the evening events.

    Sunday afternoon I was on the Central with a group of tourists heading for Coronado Mall to pick up the shuttle. They had no idea how they were going to get back to the hotel. Wouldn’t it be great to run the Rapid Rides for extended hours during the Balloon Fiesta so that both residents and tourists without cars could enjoy the Fiesta, and spend money on concessions rather than taxis… or missing events all together?

  2. I don’t need free tickets, I already have them. I am simply leaving a comment here to tell everyone that they are freaking nuts if they live in New Mexico and have never been to Balloon Fiesta. I am a native, and this is only my second time… I feel like a fool… I should have been coming EVERY YEAR. Still have second thoughts? Get out of your comfort zone, come to Balloon Fiesta, you will love it. If you don’t, you can punch me in the neck, next time you see me.

  3. I hope you don’t mind if I share this… Have a wonderful week!

  4. Sandy Grzywacz says:

    I have been up in a hot air balloon, but have not been to the Albuquerque festival..seems time goes by before plans can be made to go…would love it–absolutely awesome, peaceful and breathtaking views–can’t get that in a plane!!!!!

  5. LisaVestal says:

    I just moved here. Have always seen on tv. Can’t wait to see it live. I live in santa fe. Trans p rotation would be great from the train with shuttle to balloon fiesta.

    • admin says:

      Lisa – I honestly don’t know whether there is a shuttle from the train to the Fiesta or not. You might search at the Balloon Fiesta site and see if they’ve added it this year. Good luck!

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