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Balloon Fiesta attendance rises

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An estimated 20 percent more people attended the 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta compared with last year, according to event spokesman Tom Garrity.

Paul Smith, the executive director of the Balloon Fiesta, cited good weather and a new concert feature to explain the estimated increase.

The Music Fiesta, which featured Darius Rucker, was held on Oct.12.

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