Marion County Sheriff’s Office

STOLEN HOT AIR BALLOON RECOVERED
You’re going to think we’re full of “hot air” when you read this, but for the first time in our 175 years of existence, we recovered a stolen hot air balloon! We received word from the Bloomington Police Department in Indiana last night that a hot air balloon stolen out of their jurisdiction was just spotted at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival being held at the Florida Horse Park. MCSO deputies responded and confirmed that it was indeed the stolen balloon in question (pictured below). The owner didn’t want to press charges and just wanted his hot air balloon back. The balloon was towed and will be returned to its proper owner. This just proves that you never know what the MCSO is going to be called out to next…

Stolen Hot Air Balloon
Stolen Hot Air Balloon

A hot air balloon that was stolen in Indiana turned up at a festival in Florida. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the Bloomington Police Department that the balloon was spotted at the Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival which was being held at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala.

Deputies had no trouble finding the balloon and had it towed away so it can be returned to its owner, who told officials he does not wish to press charges against whoever stole it.

In a Facebook post about the incident, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office says it was the first time in the department’s 175 year history that they have ever dealt with a stolen hot air balloon.

You’re going to think we’re full of “hot air” when you read this, but for the first time in our 175 years of existence, we recovered a stolen hot air balloon!
Authorities did not release the identity of the person who allegedly stole the hot air balloon.

Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office

An Official “Rise & Try Week” Event!

When

Mar 10, 2019
01:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Where

Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE
AlbuquerqueNM 87113
505-768-6020

Description

In cooperation with Southwest Pod Racing (SWPR), the Balloon Museum is pleased to present Balloon Museum Pod Racing, New Mexico’s only FPV drone racing series.

  • Pilots, Click Here for BMPR IX race information and an online registration form. Consider purchasing a BMPR Pod Pass to receive discounts on race entry fees and other benefits, and your annual fee directly supports the BMPR series!
  • Click Here to read BMPR Racing Rules
    • To provide input or ask questions about the Rules, please email Paul Garver, Balloon Museum Manager, pgarver@cabq.gov.

A Great Spectator Air Sport, and Fun for All Ages!

BMPR IX includes racing, live video feeds, hands-on simulators, educational demonstrations, entry to the museum’s exhibitions, and much more!

  • Need a Hotel Room? Link Coming Soon to view discount deals from partner hotels.

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More About BMPR

Inspired by the origin of SWPR’s name, we call our series Balloon Museum Pod Racing. BMPR is an exciting, unique, and high-performance air sport experience for all ages. Pilots fly quad-copter drones through gates and around flags or other obstacles at high speed. The drones they fly are agile and fast, and pilots steer them by wearing first-person-view (FPV) goggles that display a live video image transmitted from the drone itself. Visitors are also able to watch this in-flight video on TV screens!

Rise and Try Medallion

 

Price

Spectator entry to BMPR IX is included with payment of regular Balloon Museum admission fees ($3-$6 per person).

Anderson Abbruzo Internatioal Balloon Museum Foundation

ON SALE NOW!

Tickets to the 2019 Balloons & Breakfast and Dine & Glow Dinner events are on sale now! You won’t want to miss out on this awesome experience!

Experience the magic of the world’s largest ballooning event from the comfort of the beautiful Balloon Museum. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or dinner inside the Balloon Museum’s glass enclosed gallery, and so much more!

The Balloon Museum boasts THE BEST VIEW of the Mass Ascension, Balloon Glow, and Afterglow™ Fireworks in Albuquerque!

Get your tickets NOW to any of these events now!

Spring Break Family Day
Bring the whole family to the Balloon Museum on Wednesday, March 28 from 9:30am-3:00pm for kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations!

Rise and Try Week, 2018
Spring break fun and learning for the whole family!
When
Mar 24, 2018 07:00 AM – Mar 31, 2018 06:00 PM
Where
Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive
Albuquerque, NM 87113
505-768-6020
Description
Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, March 31

Coinciding with APS and RRPS spring breaks is Rise and Try Week, a series of family-friendly, educational, and entertaining experiences offered by the Balloon Museum, which will be open daily, including Monday the 26th. Visit our exhibitions, experience our 4-D Theater and enjoy the North Grounds for a picnic or play time.

Kicking off the week will be Ballooning for All on March 24, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. This balloon rally (weather permitting) for people of all abilities and special needs takes place on the Balloon Museum’s expansive and scenic North Grounds and features over 15 hot air balloons. Admission is free.

Other Rise and Try Week activities include:

Drone Race Day on Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Walk Up Workshops (3:00 to 5:00 p.m., free with paid museum admission)
Monday, March 26 – Creativity Toolbox
Tuesday, March 27 — Cookie Decorating (while supplies last) with Food Network winner Kristin Dowling of Rude Boy Cookies
Wednesday, March 28 – Iris Folding Balloon Greeting Cards
Thursday, March 29 – Adult Coloring Balloon Trading Cards
Friday, March 30 – Professional Photography Tips for your Phone
Monday March 26 through Friday March 30, guided tours of the museum’s main exhibition and our special exhibition. Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée. Free with paid museum admission. Tour times: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
During Spring Break Family Day, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations. Bring a picnic or enjoy food truck fare served on the Balloon Museum’s scenic North Grounds. Entry to all activities is included with payment of regular Balloon Museum admission fees.
The New Mexico Food Truck Festival, March 31, will bring dozens of the state’s best food trucks and craft beers to the North Grounds for a day of food, music, and family-friendly fun.
Price
Prices vary by activity. Some are free admission, and others require payment of regular museum admission prices of $1-$4 per person, or special event admission prices for NM Food Truck Festival.

Spring Break Family Day only:

Get a Family Membership to the museum for only $35 (normally $60)! Through the month of April, Family Memberships will be discounted at $45!

Applies to Family Memberships only. All other membership types will be sold at normal price.

Spring break fun and learning for the whole family!

When

Mar 24, 2018 07:00 AM – Mar 31, 2018 06:00 PM

Where

Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive
AlbuquerqueNM 87113
505-768-6020

Description

Saturday, March 24 through Saturday, March 31

Coinciding with APS and RRPS spring breaks is Rise and Try Week, a series of family-friendly, educational, and entertaining experiences offered by the Balloon Museum, which will be open daily, including Monday the 26th. Visit our exhibitions, experience our 4-D Theater and enjoy the North Grounds for a picnic or play time.

Kicking off the week will be Ballooning for All on March 24, 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. This balloon rally (weather permitting) for people of all abilities and special needs takes place on the Balloon Museum’s expansive and scenic North Grounds and features over 15 hot air balloons. Admission is free.

Other Rise and Try Week activities include:

  • Drone Race Day on Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Walk Up Workshops (3:00 to 5:00 p.m., free with paid museum admission)
    • Monday, March 26 – Creativity Toolbox
    • Tuesday, March 27 — Cookie Decorating (while supplies last) with Food Network winner Kristin Dowling of Rude Boy Cookies
    • Wednesday, March 28 – Iris Folding Balloon Greeting Cards
    • Thursday, March 29 – Adult Coloring Balloon Trading Cards
    • Friday, March 30 – Professional Photography Tips for your Phone
  • Monday March 26 through Friday March 30, guided tours of the museum’s main exhibition and our special exhibition. Arctic Air: The Bold Flight of S.A. Andrée. Free with paid museum admission. Tour times: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • During Spring Break Family Day, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy kites, balloons, bubbles, gliders, entertainment and hands-on art stations. Bring a picnic or enjoy food truck fare served on the Balloon Museum’s scenic North Grounds. Entry to all activities is included with payment of regular Balloon Museum admission fees.
  • The New Mexico Food Truck Festival, March 31, will bring dozens of the state’s best food trucks and craft beers to the North Grounds for a day of food, music, and family-friendly fun.

Price

Prices vary by activity. Some are free admission, and others require payment of regular museum admission prices of $1-$4 per person, or special event admission prices for NM Food Truck Festival.

The Balloon Museum wishes you a
Happy Holiday Season!
Special Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve: 9am-3pm*
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 9am-3pm*
New Year’s Day: Closed
*Museum Shoppe closes at 1pm
Happy holidays! We wish you a blessed 2018!

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Sunday October 15, from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Your Family Day Ticket Includes:
Exclusive Indoor and Outdoor Viewing of the Fiesta Field
Admission to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Access to the Tim Anderson 4D Theater & brand new Weather Lab
Interactive Activities for the whole family to enjoy
Food available for purchase
Family Day Tickets
$5 per person, $15 parking pass
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Strategic Planning for our Second Decade Moves Upward and Onward
How Will We Inspire You?
Since it opened in 2005, the Balloon Museum has welcomed nearly one million visitors from Albuquerque and many other communities in New Mexico, as well as from across the country and around the world.
As we continue into our Second Decade, we are committed to providing meaningful, relevant service to our audiences. To guide our work, the Balloon Museum’s Board of Trustees recently made an important decision. They adopted a new mission statement, a major milestone in our on-going strategic planning process:
Our mission is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences that engage our visitors in the history, science, sport, and art of ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.
Look for this new mission to influence what we do and how we invite and encourage you to participate. Let’s explore, discover, and achieve together, now and in the years ahead.
Learn more by visiting our website, www.cabq.gov/balloon, or by following us on social media.
We are open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, and hope to see you soon!

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —New Mexico Rail Runner Express has a partnership with Balloon Fiesta, allowing spectators to avoid traveling by car.

It is called the “Rail Fiesta Combo Pass.”

“With that pass, they get the train ticket, they get their ticket onto the shuttle, and the ticket into the event, so that’s one way to avoid traffic,” said Augusta Meyers, from Rail Runner Express.

For the full story, please visit KOB:

Enjoy Albuquerque’s unique experience of watching Balloon Fiesta’s 500+ mass ascension from Balloon Fiesta Park with these helpful tips:

  1. Get out there early. Everyone says to do it and it’s true. If you arrive at the field as mass ascension is ago, you may not make it into the park. Hundreds of cars are trying to enter and some years the park has filled to capacity. Study the Balloon Fiesta Interactive Map for routes in and out of the park and other viewing areas.
  2. Getting to the park early also gets you quick access to hot coffee and burritos. Once mass ascension is ago, the lines get long.
  3. Dress warm and be prepared to walk. The field is many, many football fields in length and there are hundreds of balloons to see. Since you’re arriving early, it’s cold. It feels coldest just before sunrise and the field is most often damp, so wear solid shoes. Use warmers for your gloves, boots and back pockets work the best.

For the rest of the tips and the story, please visit the KRQE site at this link