Cows do fly . . . and stagecoaches, bees, fireplugs. Yoda, too! Just get to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Special Shape Rodeo day and stand among the critters. Big critters, that is!
In this third installment of our series on Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta (using our pictures from 2014), we’re showing you the absolute joy of standing on a launch site the size of 54 football fields gazing upward at some of the most unique, humorous, outrageous balloons anywhere. Special Shape Rodeo day may be billed as a great day to bring the kids — and Albuquerque schools are out for Fall Break on October 8 and 9 this year when the rodeo lifts off — but it’s a great day to be any age at Balloon Fiesta.
You can’t believe you’re walking under a giant frog . . .
or that Humpty Dumpty isn’t ready to fall right on your head.
We even saw Elvis. And then we heard people saying, “Elvis has left the field” as he floated into the blue. (They really did say that. I’m not making this stuff up!)
Of course, the crowd was held captive by Yoda’s spell and those all-knowing eyes.
And the Dreamland cow “moo-ved” from being a mere blob of white nylon to a real puffed- up farm animal.
What do you think of these three lined-up bees ready for take-off?
Are they chest-bumping?
It’s a fun day — and everyone has favorite shapes they look for year after year. What’s your favorite among the ones we were lucky enough to capture?
If you’re coming for Special Shape Rodeo days — or any day lift-off, for that matter — be sure to leave home early. (Check the 2015 event schedule — they’re on for 7:00 AM on October 8 and 9.) This is one for the kiddos, but you grown-ups don’t want to miss any sights, sounds, and fun shapes either!
It’s a riot of color and odd combinations when special shapes hit the skies. And all just part of the fun of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
For more information:
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta event schedule: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/event-info/event-schedule
Special Shape Rodeo information: http://www.balloonfiesta.com/event-info/special-shape-rodeo
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