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Balloon Fiesta farewell events go off with out a hitch

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Balloon pilots and chase crews have breakfast in the Sid Cutter Pilot's Pavillon on Sunday, October 11, 2015. (Greg Sorber/Jpurnal)

Balloon pilots and chase crews have breakfast in the Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavillon on Sunday, October 11, 2015. (Greg Sorber/Jpurnal)

2:05 p.m.
Read our Balloon Fiesta farewell wrap up: 2015 fiesta says ‘goodbye’ with another mass ascension.

1:14 p.m.
Nearly 560 balloons registered for this year’s Balloon Fiesta, including 100 special shapes.

12:20 p.m.
Although winds were calm at the surface, they were stronger at higher altitudes, especially later in the morning. Some balloonists opted to inflate their balloons by not fly.

11:16 a.m.
All balloons that launched during Sunday’s Farewell Mass Ascension landed safely, according to Balloon Fiesta media relations manager Tom Garrity.

10:28 a.m.
The last balloon to deflate on the field was the Bullseye balloon out of Albuquerque.

9:25 a.m.
All balloons that lifted off the field during the Farewell Mass Ascension have landed.

8:14 a.m.
The field has been closed to new inflation as of 8:10 a.m. Balloons that are already can stay inflated

7:20 a.m.
Balloons lifting off during Sunday’s Farewell Mass Ascension are drifting north towards Corrales and Rio Rancho.

6:40 a.m.
Balloon Fiesta officials are flying the green flag signaling Sunday’s mass ascension is a go.

6:38 a.m.
Balloons lifting off during Dawn Patrol are drifting to the north.

6:30 a.m.
While winds are light on the field, Balloon Fiesta officials say winds may pick up after sunrise making for challenging flying Sunday morning.

6:23 a.m.
Balloons taking part in Sunday’s Dawn Patrol have inflated and are glowing before launching.

6:15 a.m.
More balloons are cold inflating on the field as officials begin the 6:15 a.m pilot’s briefing.

5:50 a.m.
A few balloons are inflating on the field before Sunday’s Dawn Patrol.

5:30 a.m.
The wind is 5 mph or less and the temperature is 54 degrees at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Schedule

Today’s Balloon Fiesta schedule:

Morning Session
6:00 a.m. – Dawn Patrol Show
6:00 a.m. – Laser Light Show
6:30 a.m. – Morning Glow
7:00 a.m. – Farewell Mass Ascension
8:30 a.m. – AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q&A until 11 am
9:00 a.m. – Main Stage Musical Performance

No evening session

Getting there

Traffic is expected to be heavy on I-25 northbound and southbound, and on Tramway and Alameda approaching Balloon Fiesta Park. Check our Balloon Fiesta traffic map for current traffic speeds.

Park & Ride is always running. Here are the locations:

East Side

– Hoffmantown Church – 8888 Harper Road NE, Park in the northeast lot only.
– Cliff’s Amusement Park – 4800 Osuna Road NE near San Mateo and I-25.
– Coronado Mall – 6600 Menaul Boulevard NE, park in the southwest corner near San Pedro.

West Side

– Intel (southern parking lot) – Highway 528/Rio Rancho Blvd. Enter the Park & Ride lot at either Westside Blvd. or 21st street and follow the signs.
– Cottonwood Mall (northeast parking lot) – located at 10000 Coors Bypass near Seven Bar Loop.

Park & Ride prices
Same-day purchase at Park & Ride locations. Balloon Park admission and service charge is included.
– Adults & Seniors (13 and up) – $20
– Children (6-12) – $10
– Children (5 and under) – Free

*Note: There will be no Park & Ride service on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

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