August 23rd – 26th, 2018
McKinley Duck Downs, Courthouse Park, Deming, New Mexico

Thursday, August 23
Evening Luna County Skate Competition Deming Skate Park (Matt Robinson 575-546-0494)
6:30pm  Duck Royalty Pageants Voier’s “Pit” Park Amphitheater

Friday, August 24
4 pm Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day (some open) Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
4-8 pm Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
6:30pm Sponsor Party/Dinner Deming Elks Lodge #2750 (3401 Raymond Reed Blvd)

Saturday, August 25
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
9am-2pm Desert Classics Car Show District Court Parking Lot on Poplar & Platinum (Robert Welch 575-543-5120)
10am Tournament of Ducks Parade Downtown Deming
10am Great American Horseshoe Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
11am-2 pm 1st United Methodist Church Barbecue Granite & Buckeye – delivery available- 546-2791
12N-8p Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-4 pm ($5 entry) Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
2pm Great American Tortilla Toss Poplar Street
5:30pm Great American Outhouse Race Silver Street
5:30-7pm ($5 entry) Evening Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
8:00pm Duck Dance Adobe Deli ($10 Admission, Free Admission for sponsors wearing sponsor shirt)
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allowed at the Park. 

Sunday, August 26
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10 am Great American Washers Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
12N-6p Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N ($5 entry) Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
3pm Duck Race eliminations/finals McKinley Duck Downs
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allow at the Park. Pets can be left at the kennel. Donations appreciated. 

International Balloon Rally

July 2, 2016 – July 4, 2016 Hot air balloons will fly at 6:30pm (weather permitting).

If you are a pilot interested in participating, please print and complete both a Pilot Application and Pilot Agreement.
Location: La Mesa Airfield Hwy 555 Raton NM 87740 USA

Balloons & Breakfast and Dine & Glow Dinner!
Get your tickets now for Balloons & Breakfast and Dine & Glow Dinner at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Museum!
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Nex+Gen Academy student, Nolan Kilpatrick, shot video of a balloon clipping a power line near his school in northeast Albuquerque Monday morning.

The line could be seen sparking as the balloon appeared to deflate a little and then it kept climbing.

Witnesses said it appeared no one was hurt.

See video here


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The third day of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was a success.

  • Balloon Fiesta Monday, photos and updates

Hundreds of traditional balloons soaring along with special shapes including a blue whale while made its way up, and so did the dino baby, a new special shape this year.

Later in the morning, there was a flying competition where pilots dropped beanbags on x’s the middle of the field. There was a little bit of a mishap during the competition when the balloon named Lurch, piloted by Mike Bauwens of Park City, Utah, started on fire.

Witnesses said Bauwens was able to land quickly and then lift off again to finish the competition.

Balloon Fiesta officials said Bauwens’ balloon is a racing balloon and has a much smaller throat, so it’s not all that unusual for fires like this to happen. It’s unclear if Bauwens will be able to fix his balloon in time for other competitions.

Tuesday’s Balloon Fiesta dawn patrol is scheduled for 5:45 a.m. Tuesday with another flying competition at 7 a.m. A chainsaw carving competition will follow at 8 a.m.

see the video here

We would like to welcome you to the Ballooning Capital of the World web site.  The Ballooning Capital is located in the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA area including area communities like Rio Rancho.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta  is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival and takes place each October.  During the balloon festival you will see literally hundreds of balloons.  The event is considered to be the most photographed event in the world.  Guests of the event are allowed to mingle amongst the balloons and possibly even to help the crews.

There are more resident hot air balloonists in the local area than anywhere else in the world.  The ideal conditions and the growth of the sport have attracted many people to the Albuquerque area.  Hardly a day goes by without a balloon launch, weather permitting.

Albuquerque has a unique climatological feature called the “box”.  The Sandia Mountain to the east blocks the sun from heating the ground, and as a result, the air near the ground is cooler and flows to the south, and 600-700 feet up, the warmer air flows to the north, allowing the balloon pilot to launch and land in nearly the same spot, if not in fact, the same spot.

Another great activity is called balloon glow.  This is the glow from the balloon when the hot propane-powered flames light up the balloon, and because of the balloon’s size, can be seen from a long distance.  Several times during the year there are actual balloon glow events during which the balloons are on display, but aren’t launched.

This web site has been created to tell the world about what is going on here and we welcome your comments and pictures.   Our host is a photographer so there will be many unique photos not found elsewhere plus photos contributed by other photographers.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you back again!