Updated: June 22, 2020 06:48 PM
Created: June 22, 2020 08:10 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is now scheduled to begin October 2, 2021.
Organizers announced Monday that the 2020 event would not take place.
"With only three-and-a-half months left until the planned start of Balloon Fiesta, there are many variables that are out of our control, potentially impacting the health and welfare of our attendees," said Matt Guthrie, the president of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors. "The safety of our pilots, guests, sponsors, staff and volunteers has always been our top concern and in the wake of COVID-19 and its continued impacts, we must stay dedicated to upholding that commitment."
Guthrie said a team looked at various scenarios to make the event work, but, in the end, they just couldn't do it.
"A lot of hard work, a lot of discussions, a lot of looking at different scenarios to try to have a Balloon Fiesta-- to have a dialed-back Balloon Fiesta-- to have a cyber Balloon Fiesta and last resort was postponing it," Guthrie said.
Guthrie added that they couldn't get the assurance they needed to put on a large-scale event.
"Based on the current health order, and the information that we've been given to work with was trying to see where we could have a large gathering of more than 100 people, we didn't have that information come from a government office with any kind of assurance that it was going to happen so that forced our hand to make a decision," Guthrie said.
Reservations, tickets and RV spaces will still be valid for next year's event. Guests can visit the Balloon Fiesta website to find directions about refunds or other accommodations.
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