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taos mountain balloon rally

Mass Ascension, Tether Rides, Parade, Balloon Glow

When: October 28, 29 and 30, 2016
Where: Balloon Rally field behind the Taos County Courthouse on Albright Street

balloon-rallyCelebrating its 34th year, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally has truly been a Taos community event. Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country erupt into a painter’s canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise.

Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is an invitational and typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews each year. The rally – primarily because it is smaller and more intimate – has become a popular stop for balloonists, families and crews, Taoseños and visitors alike. Parents and kids get “up-close and personal” with the balloonists every morning as the crews prepare for launch. The three‐day event includes mass ascensions at dawn, balloon glows in the evening, a parade and a grand ball.

A variety of vendors will be at the Balloon Rally field throughout the weekend selling food and soft goods.

Friday, October 28
7:00AM – 7:30AM
Dawn Patrol

8:15AM
Mini-Ascension

8:30AM
Tether Rides for Children

4:00PM – 10:00PM
Pilot/Sponsor Registration

Saturday, October 29
7:00AM – 7:30AM
Dawn Patrol

8:15AM – 9:00AM
Mass Ascension

1:00PM
Balloon Rally Parade (Parade line up will start at 12:30)
Starts at the Balloon Rally field and ends at Kit Carson Park. Picnic to follow.

Dusk
“Balloomenshine” – Hot Air Balloon Glow

Sunday, October 30
7:00AM – 7:30AM
Dawn Patrol

8:15AM – 9:00AM
Mass Ascension

11:30AM
Closing Ceremonies

*NOTE
All outdoor events are weather permitting!

For more information, visit www.taosballoonrally.com or call 575-758-9210

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