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Balloon Fiesta at 50

Jewel Cutter walks through the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum on Friday, examining the “Sid Cutter: Man Above Town” exhibit, which honors her late husband, who founded the Balloon Fiesta 50 years ago. (Mike Sandoval/For the Albuquerque Journal)

The 2022 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the fiesta, which launched in 1972.

 

In conjunction with the golden anniversary, a 224-page commemorative coffee table-style book, “50 Years of Balloon Magic,” has been assembled to tell the history of the Balloon Fiesta, accompanied by 305 photos. It took authors Tom McConnell, Kim Vesely, Paul Rhetts and Dick Brown more than three years to put it together.

The book retails for $49.95 and is available in the balloon museum gift shop and on Amazon.

Also part of the anniversary is an exhibit in the balloon museum, “Sid Cutter: Man Above Town,” honoring the Balloon Fiesta’s late founder.

More than 300 photos are featured in a new commemorative coffee-table-style book, “50 Years of Balloon Magic,” which chronicles the history of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. (Mike Sandoval/For the Albuquerque Journal)

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