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Monday, June 22, 2020

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Canceled

Above, balloons being readied for last year's Red Rock Balloon Rally. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Not that I was planning to attend, but the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been cancelled for this year.

According to KRQE:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta announced on Monday, June 22 that it will be postponing its 2020 festivities. This year’s 49th event is now rescheduled for October 2-10, 2021. 
Due to COVID-19, Balloon Fiesta officials report may variables are out of their control and could potential impact the health and welfare of fiesta attendees. Officials say the safety of pilots, guests, sponsors, staff, and volunteers are their top concern and due to the virus, they must remain dedicated to upholding that commitment. 
The Balloon Fiesta’s volunteer board of directors and 20-person staff state they brainstormed various ways to make this year’s event happen however, all plans would fail if someone contracted the virus as a result of attending the event.
Above, the 2019 Red Rock Balloon Rally last December. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

So far, no announcement has been made about the Red Rock Balloon Rally that is held in December at Red Rock Park outside of Gallup, New Mexico. If it goes as planned, I will attend it, as I did last year.

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