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. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

7 AM                             Mass Ascension

7 AM-10 AM               AF Rotary Burrito Breakfast

7 AM-11 AM               Balloon Vendors open

8 AM-4:30 PM           Taos Pueblo open

9 AM-4 PM                 Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park

9 AM-5 PM                 Vietnam Veterans Memorial open

10 AM-6 PM               Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River

4:30 PM-7:30 PM      Friday Night Scramble, Angel Fire Resort Golf Course

5:00 PM-7:30 PM      Music in Frontier Park

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

5 AM                             Angel Fire Endurance Race

7 AM                             Mass Ascension

7 AM-10 AM               AF Rotary Burrito Breakfast

7 AM-10 AM               Pilot Challenge Game sponsored by Enchanted Circle Pottery

7 AM-11 AM               Balloon Vendors open

8 AM-4:30 PM           Taos Pueblo open

9 AM-4 PM                 Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park

9 AM-5 PM                 Vietnam Veterans Memorial open

10 AM-6 PM               Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River

4 PM-12 AM               Festival Eclectica

7 PM                              Balloon Launch Field opens

9 PM                              Balloon Glow – bring your flashlight and camp chairs

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

7 AM                             Mass Ascension

7 AM-10 AM               AF Rotary Burrito Breakfast

7 AM-11 AM               Balloon Vendors open

8 AM-4 PM                 Taos Pueblo open

9 AM-4 PM                 Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park

9 AM-5 PM                 Vietnam Veterans Memorial open

10 AM-2 PM               Angel Fire Art + Farmers’ Market, Frontier Park

11 AM-3 PM               Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River

All Hot-Air Balloon events happen at the Angel Fire Airport on NM Hwy. 434

STREET ADDRESS
Angel Fire Balloon Field, Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM 87710

CONTACT NAME
Angel Fire Visitor Center

CONTACT PHONE
575-377-6555

MAILING ADDRESS
3365 Mountain View Blvd
Angel Fire, NM 87710

EMAIL
jimmy@angelfirefun.com

WEBSITE
www.BalloonsOverAngelFire.com

 

By: Blair Miller, KOB.com

The Mass Ascension got underway around 7 a.m. Saturday to kick off Balloon Fiesta. KOB streamed the entire event live on KOB.com and KOB Eyewitness News 4. Watch the replay by clicking here.

Dawn Patrol determined balloons were flying south this morning, and Balloon Fiesta officials expected landing sites to be in downtown Albuquerque, some parts of the Northeast Heights and Kirtland Air Force Base.

Those predictions came true, as balloons touched down all over the city in fields, arroyos, neighborhoods – even on top of a car, in one occasion.

Temperatures were around 48 degrees at 7 a.m., with winds out of the north around 4 miles per hour.

There were no hard landings or crashes reported Saturday.

For all Balloon Fiesta coverage and information, click here.

Below, you can find interviews of all the people KOB spoke with Saturday morning.

for more videos and storylines, click here

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

“…For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. ”

For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year’s event, October 5-13, 2013, marks its 41st anniversary.

The New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There’s something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

From its modest beginnings in 1972 with 13 balloons launching from a shopping mall parking lot, the Balloon Fiesta has grown to multiple events launching year-round at the custom-designed, 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park. The signature event remains Balloon Fiesta—which, with over 600 balloons, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.

Balloon Fiesta Park is located north of Alameda Boulevard, one mile west of I-25.

The 2013 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta started on a great note with virtually no wind, measuring ZERO on my own weather station. Was a delight to see all of the balloons in the sky as this was my first Balloon Fiesta since moving here a year ago right after the Fiesta.