Crews, spectators reminisce on memories made at 2017 Balloon Fiesta

Joy Wang
October 14, 2017 09:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – All good things must come to an end, and that includes New Mexico’s beloved Balloon Fiesta. All that’s left for new spectators and ballooning enthusiasts alike is Sunday morning’s mass ascension.


Then the countdown to 2018 begins.

As the sun set on another beautiful day Sunday at Balloon Fiesta Park, families looked back on the vibrant memories that have been created over the last week.

“(There’s) kind of just a magic about it,” said Adam Chandler, a crew member for a balloon that adorned Albuquerque’s skies this year. “When I first came I didn’t even think I would like it, but it’s just really addicting. It’s like being in a giant snow globe with all the balloons all around you.”

Whether it’s early in the morning or late at night, thousands created picture-perfect moments to last a lifetime, moments that fiesta attendee Sydney Truett says never get old.

As the years go by the balloons and their pilots will change, but the feeling of watching them fly over the Duke City doesn’t.

“I’ve been bringing my kids since they were babies,” Tanya Jones said.

And as the saying goes: What goes up, must eventually come down.

At least for now.

“Take it all in,” Chandler said. “Don’t be intimidated by anything. All the balloon pilots and people around here, it’s just a really good family community.”


Joy Wang

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