50th Media Guide

1 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2018 Media Guide 50th Media Guide Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

2022 BALLOON FIESTA MEDIA RELATIONS TEAM TOM GARRITY (505) 710-6567 | [email protected] AMANDA MOLINA (505) 610-0753 | amanda @garritypr.com ANDIE MERCER (505) 697-1460 | andie @garritypr.com EMAIL ADDRESS [email protected] THE GARRITY GROUP OFFICES (505) 898-8689 We congratulate Balloon Fiesta on 49 successful events. Our team is proud to lead the 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta media relations team. FOLLOW & FRIEND BALLOON FIESTA THE OFFICIAL HASHTAG IS #BALLOONFIESTA @BALLOONFIESTA } /BALLOONFIESTA } EMAIL ADDRESS [email protected]

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, our hundreds of Navigators (volunteers) and our super staff, it is my great privilege and honor to welcome everyone to the greatest ballooning event in the world. This year, we celebrate a historic milestone, “50 years of Balloon Fiesta,” and we have prepared an exciting and wonderful event for you. Louisville has the Kentucky Derby, Pasadena has the Rose Bowl and New Mexico has the Balloon Fiesta! We will have 648 hot air balloons flying in this year’s event and each of our pilots represent our neighbors and friends who invest in this great sport of ballooning. The event generates more than $180 million into the economy that provides revenue for the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and State of New Mexico. Come enjoy our events, from mass ascensions and nighttime glows to the unique gas balloons, and onward to our spectacular special shapes. Enjoy our balloon flying competitions during the week, where you can cheer on your favorite balloon or pilot to victory. Visit our concessions; try unique cultural foods from New Mexico. Thank our sponsors for their part in making the Balloon Fiesta possible. While in the Albuquerque area, visit our local businesses, attractions, and restaurants. Most of all, meet and greet the balloonists and crews from all over the world who make the Balloon Fiesta so spectacular. We have come a long way from our small, modest beginning in the Coronado Center parking lot in 1972, when 13 balloons inflated for the first Balloon Fiesta. It is so important that we remember our history, but most importantly, that we remember the people who got us here. Over the years, many directors, volunteers, pilots and crews and members of staff have worked tirelessly and selflessly to put on this great event. Please take the time to say “thank you” when you see them for all their efforts and successes. A big ballooning “Thank You” goes out to everyone attending the 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta powered by ExxonMobil. Again “Welcome and Enjoy.” Al Tetreault President, AIBF 2022 MEDIA GUIDE WELCOME

TABLE OF CONTENTS Schedule Of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Balloon Fiesta Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Events Inside The Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Getting To The Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Cool Things To See & Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 About Balloon Fiesta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 9 Staff And Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Sponsors & Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Media Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Balloon Fiesta Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Balloon Fiesta History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 9 Ballooning History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Facts And Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 2021 News Release Summaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Story Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 While You’re In Albuquerque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Key Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Photos courtesy of Andrea Palagiano, Andrew Latshaw, Victor Banta

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[CONTINUED] 1 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 6:45 a.m. 50th Launch Commemoration at Coronado Center 7:00 a.m. Albuquerque Aloft launches around Albuquerque and Rio Rancho SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 5:45 a.m. Special Aerial Exhibition, sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel & RV Resort 6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 7:00 a.m. Mass Ascension 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 10:00 a.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 2:00 p.m. America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Inflation 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 5:00 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 6:00 p.m. America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Launch 6:00 p.m. Twilight Twinkle Glow™ presented by Albuquerque Journal 7:30 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 7:45 p.m. Special Aerial Exhibition, sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 8:00 p.m. AfterGlow ™ Fireworks Show SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 5:45 a.m. Special Aerial Exhibition, sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel & RV Resort 6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 7:00 a.m. Mass Ascension 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. Fiesta de los Globitos - Remote Control Balloons Exhibition 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 9:00 a.m. Fiesta of Wheels Car Show (located on north end of Launch Field) 10:00 a.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Auction 11:00 a.m. Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street)

2 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel & RV Resort 6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 7:00 a.m. Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension 7:30 a.m. Fiesta de los Globitos Remote Control Balloons Exhibition 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations 10:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Auction [CONTINUED] SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 (CONTINUED) 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 5:00 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 6:00 p.m. Balloon Glow powered by ExxonMobil 7:30 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 7:45 p.m. Special Aerial Exhibition, sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 8:00 p.m. AfterGlow ™ Fireworks Show MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol 7:00 a.m. Double Launch including Competition 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 10:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Auction TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 COCA-COLA DAY 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol 7:00 a.m. Double Launch including Competition 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 10:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Auction

3 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol 7:00 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™ 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. Fiesta de los Globitos Remote Control Balloons Exhibition 8:00 a.m. Ring Toss Fly in competition 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 11:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Auction 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 5:00 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 6:00 p.m. Special Shapes Glowdeo™ 7:30 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 7:45 p.m. Special Aerial Exbhibition sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 8:00 p.m. AfterGlow ™ Fireworks Show THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 KIDS’ DAY PRESENTED BY KOB-TV 4:30 a.m. Kids’ Day Good Bag Distribution begins (South of Main Street Stage) 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol 7:00 a.m. Special Shape Rodeo™ 8:00 a.m. Ring Toss Fly in competition 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AIBF Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 10:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Auction 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 5:00 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 6:00 p.m. Special Shape Glowdeo™ 7:30 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 7:45 p.m. Special Aerial Exbhibition sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 8:00 p.m. AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show [CONTINUED]

4 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 5:45 a.m. Special Aerial Exbhibition sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel & RV Resort 6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 7:00 a.m. Mass Ascension, powered by ExxonMobil 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 10:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Auction 11:00 a.m. Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent north end of Main Street) 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition 5:00 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 6:00 p.m. Night Magic ™ Glow, powered by ExxonMobil 7:30 p.m. Team Fastrax Skydiving, sponsored by City of Las Vegas, NM 7:45 p.m. Special Aerial Exhibition 8:00 p.m. AfterGlow ™ Fireworks Show SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 5:45 a.m. Special Aerial Exbhibition sponsored by Sandia Resort and Casino 6:00 a.m. Dawn Patrol Show, presented by Route 66 Casino Hotel & RV Resort 6:30 a.m. Krispy Kreme Morning Glow 7:00 a.m. Farewell Mass Ascension, presented by News Radio 770 KKOB 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Chainsaw Carving Exhibition SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AfterGlow ™ times may change due to field/weather conditions **North end of Launch Field for the pin trading 2022 Media Guide

5 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide BALLOON FIESTA PUBLIC SAFETY The Balloon Fiesta Public Safety Team coordinates a multiagency presence at Balloon Fiesta Park that includes more than 20 federal, state and local law enforcement, first responder and government entities to ensure that the annual event is a safe place for its pilots, guests, volunteers and employees. Since 1991, and keeping in mind the high-profile nature of the event’s international stature, Balloon Fiesta Public Safety Officers complement law enforcement and first responders. In 2022, the event will have almost 200 public safety officers working in conjunction with law enforcement officers and other first responders to keep Balloon Fiesta Park the safest place to be in New Mexico. Our public safety team and law enforcement will be visible throughout Balloon Fiesta Park, including our all public entrances to our event. This includes the entrances used by credentialed media entering Balloon Fiesta Park. Each of our eight (8) public entrances will have six to eight lanes for bag checks and metal detector screening. Each gate will have marked lanes for those with bags (Bag Check Lanes) and those without bags (Express Lanes). Information and best practices for guests: • Conceal Carry, weapons and knives longer than 4”are not allowed into Balloon Fiesta Park during the 50th event. • Metal detectors will be used at our public entrances. Each entrance will have six to eight security lanes with marked “Bag Check” lanes and “Express” lanes (without bags) • All bags and coolers will be checked by Balloon Fiesta Public Safety Officers before being allowed onto Balloon Fiesta Park. • There will be bag checks, the fewer items you have, the faster you’ll get through the security line. • Guests without bags to check will be able to get through the security process faster than guests with bags, chairs and coolers. • Limit the number of items you bring to Balloon Fiesta Park. • When possible, bring personal items in a clear or see-through bag or container. • Children and their caregivers are often distracted with the balloon-filled sky. Visit the New Mexico State Police’s Tag-Your-Tots, station South of the Main Street Stage or at Gate 32 (NE corner of the Launch Field), when you arrive. Have a plan in place if you become separated. • If you see something that looks unsafe or suspicious, alert a public safety officer, launch director (zebra) or other Balloon Fiesta official. • For the protection of our guests, the following items are not allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park during our event: Weapons/Firearms/Knives(4”), conceal carry weapons, bicycles, spike jewelry/wallet chains, alcohol/drugs, animals (except service animals) and items deemed by Balloon Fiesta Public Safety as potentially dangerous to other guests or the venue will be allowed inside. Aviation Note: The airspace within a four-mile radius of Balloon Fiesta Park is covered by a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR). This area, controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration determines which aircraft are allowed to fly into and over Balloon Fiesta’s airspace. This includes hot air balloons, gas balloons, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. DRONES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BALLOON FIESTA AIRSPACE AT ANY TIME. Flying unauthorized aircraft is a federal offense. COVID-19 Balloon Fiesta continues to provide the option of cashless systems and has hand sanitizers around Balloon Fiesta Park. There are presently no mask or social distancing requirements but masks will be available at public entrances.

6 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide DAWN PATROL SHOW (October 1-9) The Dawn Patrol Show is not only beautiful but practical. The Dawn Patrol began at Balloon Fiesta in 1978. Dawn Patrol pilots take off before sunrise and fly until landing sites become visible, giving other balloonists an idea of wind speeds and direction at different altitudes. On Mass Ascension days, the Dawn Patrol balloons put on a show with a choreographed inflation and launch set to music. KRISPY KREME MORNING GLOW (October 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9) A tradition established in 2010, balloonists will participate in a morning balloon glow. Immediately following the launch of the Dawn Patrol Show, a “baker’s dozen” balloons will light up the field with a balloon glow. They will then launch with the rest of balloons on the field at sunrise. MASS ASCENSIONS (October 1, 2, 5, 8, and 9) A breathtaking premier morning event, the Mass Ascensions feature hundreds of colorful hot air balloons launching to the skies in two waves. The dazzling and vibrant show can last up to two hours. AMERICA’S CHALLENGE™ (October 1) America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race was first held at the Balloon Fiesta in 1995. Gas balloonists come from around the world to Balloon Fiesta Park to participate in the event, the team that flies the longest distance wins. Team information forthcoming. This year will mark the 25th America’s Challenge. SPECIAL SHAPE RODEO™, GLOWDEO™ (October 6 and 7) The most whimsical of all flying events, the Special Shape Rodeo and Glowdeo were started in 1989 and showcase captivating airborne works of art that include a penguin, frog, owl, fish aquarium and much more. Balloons take to the air for the Special Shape Rodeo™ and during the Glowdeo balloons stay grounded and inflate, giving Balloon Fiesta guests an up close and personal view. EVENTS INSIDE THE PARK [CONTINUED]

7 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] EVENTS INSIDE THE PARK TWILIGHT TWINKLE GLOW™, BALLOON GLOW & NIGHT MAGIC GLOW™ (October 1, 2 and 8) Highly anticipated events, the Twilight Twinkle Glow™, Balloon Glow and Night Magic Glow™ light up Balloon Fiesta Park. Just before dusk, balloons are inflated and tethered, the Balloonmeister then orders ignition and the burners fill the balloons and the sky with a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors. Guests can walk amongst the balloons and take in the brilliance. The magnificent tradition started in 1979. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks show. AFTERGLOW™ FIREWORKS SHOW (October 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8) After the launch field is clear of balloons, on scheduled evenings, the AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show begins. Guests interested in seeing the fireworks show should arrive in time for the evening’s balloon event. FLIGHT OF THE NATIONS MID-WEEK MASS ASCENSION (October 5) This special ballooning event, which started in 1998, highlights the international flair of Balloon Fiesta; Flight of the Nations showcases all of the participating countries during a mid-week flight. Balloon teams representing each country will carry their nation’s flag in the flight that precedes the mid-week Mass Ascension. This year pilots and balloons representing 21 countries have indicated their attendance at this year’s event. FIESTA DE LOS GLOBITOS (October 2, 5 and 7) Balloon Fiesta’s second annual remote-control balloon rally will feature more than 80 tethered balloons, which are scale model balloons, about 30 feet tall. The mini mass ascensions will take place at Balloon Fiesta Park, from 7:30-11 a.m. on October 2, 5, and 7. TRIBUTE BALLOON FILIGHT (September 30 and October 1) The 50th Balloon Fiesta celebration will include a Tributeflight of 13 balloons, at Coronado Center on Friday, September 30, 2022. The original flight occurred on April 8, 1972. The tribute will coincide with Albuquerque Aloft. The same tribute flight will also take place during opening ceremonies at Balloon Fiesta Park on October 1.

8 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] Additional Attractions THE GONDOLA CLUB The Gondola Club is a reserved area with special parking, private seating, delicious food and private bathrooms just for members. The Gondola Club is located at the southwest corner of the launch field. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Balloon Fiesta office at 505.821.1000 or 888.422.7277. THE CHASERS’ CLUB Chasers’ Club members receive access to the Chasers’ Club Hospitality area Chasers’ Club members receive access to the Chasers’ Club Hospitality area including the outdoor “Chase Lounge,” both located at the north end of the launch field. Delicious beverages, pastries and hot food are available to Chasers’ Club members. Guests can also purchase alcoholic beverages from the Chase Lounge. Guests pay an additional fee for access to the Chasers’ Club. SKY BOXES New this year is the The Fiesta Sky Box package, a VIP experience for groups of up to 20 guests. The experience includes access to a specially outfitted shipping container that provides an elevated view of Balloon Fiesta, from a prime location on the launch field. Included is admission to the event, private access to the Box’s upper deck seating for balloon and fireworks viewing, “Grazing Boxes”, a host bar and more. MAIN STREET A thrilling one-third mile of food, merchandise and exhibits await Balloon Fiesta guests on Main Street. A foodie’s dream—Main Street has it all; from traditional New Mexican cuisine to festival favorites. CONCIERGE PROGRAM The Concierge Program provides guests with access to a tour-guide via golf cart. It is perfect for first-timers, photographers or guests with mobility issues, as this package enables guests to see all there is to see in one session. Stops can include concessions, chainsaw carvers, the Artisans Tent, Balloon Discovery Center and the Balloon Museum. GLAMPING Glamping at Balloon Fiesta is an experience like no other. Enjoy a picturesque view of Balloon Fiesta’s balloons from the Glamping tent village. This village is within walking distance to the Launch Field, making it easy to avoid traffic. In addition to a safari style tent, guests receive access to private restrooms, shower trailers and a hospitality area with grills, games and lounge chairs. EVENTS INSIDE THE PARK

9 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] HOT AIR BALLOON COMPETITIONS JUDGE DECLARED GOALS A competition where balloon pilots must fly to designated targets at least one mile away from the launch field. This event tests even the best pilots’ skills. Judge Declared Goals may occur during the weekday morning flying events. FLY-IN TASK Ranging from drop heights of only inches to 200 feet above the ground, even the most talented balloon pilots are challenged when it comes to fly-in tasks. Pilots must drop a weighted marker on a specified target within Balloon Fiesta Park. Variations of these tasks are demonstrated in competitions like Balloon Fiesta Golf and Minimum Double Drop. Fly-in Tasks may occur during the weekday morning flying events. KEY (PRIZE) GRAB A .K .A . RING TOSS Definitely one of the most difficult competitions, the Ring Toss is one of the most popular and exciting to watch and compete in. Balloons launch from at least one mile away and fly to the field. Once there, pilots must navigate to one of five tall poles. Each ring is worth a fabulous prize if the pilot can place it over one of the poles. The Ring Tosses occur during morning flying events on Thursday and Friday. FLY IN TASK JUDGE DECLARED GOALS

10 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide WEBSITE - www.balloonfiesta.com Get the latest event schedule, information on hotels, balloon rides, maps and tickets at www.balloonfiesta.com . Photo galleries, news releases and updates are also available. OFFICIAL APP – download the official Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta app for important event and schedule information. ADMISSION General admission tickets for all balloon sessions will be available at the Balloon Fiesta Park entrance gates, online at www.balloonfiesta.com and the Balloon Fiesta office for $15. Children 12 years and younger are FREE when accompanied by an adult. The Balloon Fiesta offers no refunds for unused tickets. However, rain checks will be issued if an individual session must be cancelled due to weather or other safety considerations, and the tickets can be used for any other balloon session at the 50th Balloon Fiesta. View maps of the Balloon Fiesta Park for directions, parking information and getting around the Park are also available at www.balloonfiesta.com. PARKING Parking is $20 per vehicle per session. There are no in and out privileges. General parking lots are located on the east and south sides of the Park. Each parking lot is color-coded, and bears the name of a Looney Tunes character and the gates are numbered, so please remember the color and character of your parking lot and the number of the gate through which you entered the field. The Park opens at 4:30 a.m. for the morning sessions and 3:00 p.m. for the evening sessions. BIKE VALET Balloon Fiesta guests who enjoy riding bikes have access to free parking, an easy access bike trail and safe storage at the south end of the Launch Field next to the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. Bike Valet is staffed by volunteers from Bike ABQ, NM Touring Society and City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Bike Safety Program. Cyclists can take the bike trail that runs along the AMAFCA North Diversion Channel that crosses underneath Paseo del Norte and Alameda, ending just north of the Balloon Museum, in the Bike Valet parking station. Balloon Fiesta Bike Valet hours of operation: Morning Sessions: 4:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Evening Sessions: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Bike Valet is available all Balloon Fiesta sessions. GETTING TO THE PARK [CONTINUED]

11 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide PARK & RIDE There are three convenient locations available for Balloon Fiesta guests to park their car and get a bus ride to Balloon Fiesta Park. These locations include Coronado Mall, Hoffmantown Church and Cottonwood Mall (additional information below). Park & Ride tickets will be sold online only or at the Balloon Fiesta office based on availability. There are no ticket sales at the Park and Ride locations. • Morning Sessions – Each park and ride location will have two waves of shuttles to Balloon Fiesta Park loading approximately at 4:00am and 5:30am for morning sessions. Buses will start return service to the park and ride locations at 8:00am and will run until approximately 11:30am. • Afternoon/Evening Sessions – Each park and ride location will have two waves of shuttles to Balloon Fiesta Park loading approximately at 3:00pm and 4:30pm for afternoon sessions. Buses will start return service to the park and ride locations at 7:00pm and will run until 9:30pm. Park and Ride tickets include transportation and admission for a specific session. The pricing is: Adults $22 (13-61), Seniors (62 & Older) $20, Children (6-12) $10, children 5 and younger are free. Pricing, locations, schedules and discounted tickets are available online at https://balloonfiesta.com/Park-Ride . There is no Park & Ride service on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but traffic is usually lighter those days and there is typically plenty of parking available at Balloon Fiesta Park. Park & Ride Locations: Eastside: Hoffmantown Church (northeast parking lot), Coronado Center (southwest corner near San Pedro) Westside: Cottonwood Mall (northeast parking lot) Fiesta Express Park and Ride Security Notice: Please keep in mind that if you bring bags and coolers to Balloon Fiesta they will need to be checked by security before you enter into Balloon Fiesta Park. Our guests at the Coronado Mall and Hoffmantown Church locations will go through bag check and metal detectors prior to boarding. Our guests arriving to the park from Cottonwood Mall will go through security checks after arriving at Balloon Fiesta Park. Regardless of where you go through our bag check/ security process we will have express lanes (no bags) and bag-check lanes (bags) available. For the protection of our guests, the following items are not allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park during our event: Weapons/Firearms/Knives, conceal carry weapons, bicycles, spike jewelry/wallet chains, alcohol/drugs, animals (except service animals) and items deemed by Balloon Fiesta Public Safety as potentially dangerous to other guests or the venue. GETTING TO THE PARK [CONTINUED]

12 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide RAINCHECK POLICIES The Balloon Fiesta offers no refunds for unused tickets. However, rain checks will be issued if an individual balloon session must be canceled due to weather or other safety considerations, and the tickets can be used for any other balloon session at the 50th Balloon Fiesta. General Admission Tickets: Retain the ticket for re-admission in the event the session is canceled. Electronic tickets will be automatically reactivated by the ticketing company for raincheck events. Gondola Club Tickets: Once your order has been processed there are no refunds. Your ticket may be used as a raincheck for general admission to an alternative session. The Gondola Club does not close if a flying event has been cancelled. The Gondola Club is still open for the buffet and entertainment. Park & Ride: No weather refunds for the transportation part of the ticket once the ticket-holder uses the bus to come to the Park. The ticket may be used as a raincheck for general admission for a future 2022 session. “Bus only” tickets will be available online for $12.00 to ride to the park for another session, based on availability. BALLOON RIDES Taking a balloon ride during the most celebrated ballooning event in the world is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Rainbow Ryders is the official Balloon Fiesta ride company and the only company from whom guests can purchase a balloon ride from Balloon Fiesta Park during Balloon Fiesta. Rainbow Ryders: 800.725.2477, www.rainbowryders.com. TRAVEL AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS The Balloon Fiesta website has plenty of travel tips and hotel suggestions on its website. From www.balloonfiesta.com click on ‘Tickets & Reservations’ and then “Lodging” from the top menu for hotel reservations and look under ‘This Year’s Event’ and ‘Travel Help’ for travel tips. RV TRAVEL RVing is one of the major components of Balloon Fiesta, every year thousands of joyful RVers occupy the Balloon Fiesta Park RV section. Balloon Fiesta Park gladly welcomes RVers, for more information call 888.422.7277 or 505.821.1000. You can also visit www.balloonfiesta.com/RV-Information for more information. VISITOR INFORMATION Between Balloon Fiesta sessions there is a lot to see and do in Albuquerque. For more information, reach out to Visit Albuquerque and the New Mexico Department of Tourism. Visit Albuquerque 800.284.2282 www.visitalbuquerque.org Facebook: @VisitABQ Twitter: @VisitABQ Instagram:@visitabq New Mexico Tourism Department 505-827-7400 www.newmexico.org Facebook: @NewMexico Twitter: @NewMexico Instagram:@newmexicotrue GETTING TO THE PARK

13 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] COOL THINGS TO SEE & DO BALLOON FIESTA PINS Balloon pins have become an important tradition within Balloon Fiesta. These yearly emblems are the most collected, most traded and most talked about merchandise at the Balloon Fiesta. There are 60,000 pins sold every year, and they come in all shapes and sizes—just like the balloons themselves. There are official event pins, commemorative pins, special event pins, gas balloon race pins and collectible pins from previous Balloon Fiestas. On the first Sunday and the second Saturday Balloon Fiesta hosts “Trading Only” sessions in the Group Tours Tent near the north end of Main Street with no selling of pins allowed. It gives pin traders a chance to meet with fellow collectors and admirers from all over the world. For the pin traders in training, a brief discussion is presented with an overview of the pin trading phenomenon and an introduction to the hobby. HERITAGE PINS In 2005 the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee established the Heritage Pin, a limited-edition commemorative pin honoring pioneers in ballooning, and the Balloon Fiesta in particular. The Heritage Pin is awarded every year in recognition of those who have perpetuated the legacy they’ve helped to create. Heritage Pin Honorees 2022- Paul Smith is Balloon Fiesta’s Executive Director and has been for the last 25 years. Paul, a lawyer by professional background, assumed leadership of the organization the year after Balloon Fiesta moved to the current Balloon Fiesta Park. Many improvements to the park enjoyed by balloonists and guests today, have happened under his watch, including a fully grassed launch field, VIP guest experiences, Bike Valet, expanded RV parking, Music Fiesta, Chainsaw Carving exhibitions and more. 2021 - Mark Sullivan is a pilot, competitor and event organizer in both hot air and gas ballooning. He earned his commercial hot air balloon license in 1983 and gas rating in 1985, currently has 3330 hours. In 1995 he founded the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race held annually at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

14 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide 2020 – Jim Byrd – also known to many as Jimmy -- began his ballooning career in March 1973 when he joined the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) as a non-flying club member. Jim was Assistant Safety Officer for AIBF in 1984 and 1985 but is best known for his contributions to competition scoring. Jim wrote software for scoring balloon races in 1990, which was used by both AAAA and the Balloon Fiesta. He succeeded his father as America’s Challenge chief scoring officer after his father passed away in 2007, a position he still holds. 2019 – George Hahn earned his private and commercial pilot ratings in 1977 and 1978. In the next decade, George became a leading figure both in the Balloon Fiesta and in the ballooning community, especially well known for promoting continuing education for pilots and safe flying practices. He became the Chief Safety Officer for AIBF in 1984, Assistant Balloonmeister in 1985, and Balloonmeister in 1986 and 1987. George served 22 years on the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors, including terms as Vice-President in 1989 and 1990 and as President in 1991. 2018 – Charlotte Kinney first flew in Balloon Fiesta in 1977 and began volunteering soon after. By the early 1980s she was a member of the Balloon Fiesta’s Board of Directors. In 1981, Charlotte served as Assistant Balloonmeister, second-in-command of the Balloon Fiesta’s flight operations. The next year she assumed the top post of Balloonmeisterin (a feminine form of Balloonmeister), the first female in the Balloon Fiesta’s history to direct and oversee all flying events. She also played a large role in developing a Balloon Fiesta daily newsletter and is an award winning co-author of the Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee’s book Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 2017 –Matt Guthrie and the Balloon Fiesta literally grew up together. As a youngster growing up in Albuquerque, Matt took his first balloon flight in 1974, just the third year of the Balloon Fiesta’s existence. He was hooked and began spending as much of his time around balloons as he could. Matt joined the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors in 1996 and served as the Board’s President from 2019-2021. He continues to be an inspiration to every starry-eyed youngster who dreams of becoming a balloonist. 2016 – Jacqueline Hockey was one of the earliest members of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors, becoming the event’s treasurer in 1978. She served on the Board for 25 years, during which time she not only oversaw corporate hospitality but many of the Balloon Fiesta’s biggest private parties for sponsors, pilots, and guests. Originally from France, Jacqueline, with her fluent command of French, continues to make pilots and visitors from abroad feel especially welcome in Albuquerque. 2015 – Dick Rice Dick Rice is a hot air balloon pilot and longtime Balloon Fiesta supporter; having joined the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta board of directors in 1977. He has served on the board as president and treasurer, currently serving as treasurer. As a retired successful CPA, his knowledge of all things fiscal have made his contributions to the Balloon Fiesta invaluable. Dick flies the “Spirit of Fiesta” balloon. COOL THINGS TO SEE & DO [CONTINUED]

15 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] COOL THINGS TO SEE & DO 2014 – Wally Book Wally Book, one of Albuquerque’s earliest balloon pilots and staunchest advocates for flight safety at the Balloon Fiesta. He has volunteered for every Balloon Fiesta in one official duty or another. For more than 30 years Wally has been a Safety Officer or Chief Safety Officer, with a brief hiatus to serve as Assistant Balloonmeister in 1999-2000 and Balloonmeister in 2001-2002. Wally speaks fluent French and has long served as an ambassador to the Balloon Fiesta’s international pilots and guests. 2013 – Scott Appelman Every Balloon Fiesta guest who enjoys the Balloon Glows and Special Shape Rodeos™ can thank Scott for the pivotal role he played in creating these signature events. Scott served on the Board of Directors of the Balloon Fiesta for five years and has also served the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau as a board member and as Chairman. As past President, Competition Director and Safety Officer of Top Gun, Albuquerque’s competitive ballooning organization, he has worked hard to promote ballooning safety and healthy competition. Scott is the owner of Rainbow Ryders, the official hot air balloon ride concessionaire of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 2012 – Dick Brown Few have played such a pivotal role in documenting the history of ballooning in New Mexico. For several years Dick edited the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Associations (AAAA) Cloudbouncer newsletter and during the period of 1974-1979 he was the Editor of the Balloon Federation of America’s (BFA) Ballooning Journal. Dick earned his commercial balloon pilot license in 1973 and flew his balloon Blue Dragon in many of the early Balloon Fiestas. Dick is also a former Navy submariner and played a key role in the commissioning of the USS New Mexico (SSN-779) fast-attack nuclear submarine. He serves as chair of the USS New Mexico Committee of the New Mexico Navy League. 2011 - Jim Shiver Jim Shiver’s many contributions to the Balloon Fiesta can be appreciated by every Balloon Fiesta guest. As a longtime Balloon Fiesta board member and three-term past President, Jim Shiver quietly contributed his labors and those of his construction firm, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, to building the considerable infrastructure – supporting a temporary “town” with a population of almost 100,000. The 2011 Heritage Pin shows Jim with his first balloon, Four Corners, which he first flew in the Balloon Fiesta in 1979. 2010—Tom Rutherford In 1972, Tom Rutherford was an aspiring young politician with a golden radio voice at the radio station 770 KOB (now KKOB). When the station asked Sid Cutter to organize a balloon race as a part of the radio station’s 50th anniversary celebration, Tom was assigned to assist with the “balloon” portion of the event. He fell in love with balloons and ballooning and joined Sid’s corporate and events promotion company called World Balloon Championships. For many years Tom flew balloons for corporate clients—most notably Budweiser—at events around the country. As Tom’s balloon career took off, his political career did too. He served as a State Senator for 24 years and was Majority Floor Leader at the time of his retirement. He served two terms on the County Commission of Bernalillo County.

16 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] COOL THINGS TO SEE & DO 2009 – Kim Vesely Kim Vesely has been writing about balloonists and ballooning as a former TV news reporter and freelance writer for more than 30 years. She has covered many of ballooning’s great “firsts” including the Double Eagle II trans-Atlantic crossing, Double Eagle V trans- Pacific crossing, and the Kitty Hawk flight across North America. Since 2002, Kim has served as editor of the Balloon Fiesta program; additionally, her work has appeared in Ballooning, Balloon Life, and other publications. She has written more articles for the AIBF program than any other person, often without byline. She served on the Balloon Fiesta Board in 1988-89 and currently serves on the AIBF Heritage Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. 2008 – Dr. Tom McConnell Dr. Tom McConnell, is known by most as “Father Time,” and is best known as the pilot of “Zia” (the New Mexico State Flag balloon) that has in itself become a widely recognized symbol of the Land of Enchantment. Tom is one of Albuquerque’s earliest balloon pilots, part of the second “class” of balloon pilots trained through the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) in 1973. 2007 – Bob and Marge Ruppenthal This dynamic duo has often been referred to as “long-time” supporters of Balloon Fiesta. They both served as President of the Board of Directors for Balloon Fiesta. Marge was president in 1980 and 1981; Bob was president in 1989 and 1990. Marge took the helm of the organization as Executive Director in 1989, and served in that capacity for eight years until 1996. The Ruppenthals caught the “ballooning bug” in the 70s, bought a balloon, became pilots, and the rest is history. 2006 – John Davis John Davis’ longtime involvement with ballooning and Balloon Fiesta is legendary. John is the longest serving active member of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors (1976-present). John has served as Balloonmeister and as President of Balloon Fiesta. He has also served on the board of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) and as Balloonmeister of several national and international events including the US National Balloon Championships twice – 24 years apart. 2005 – Sid Cutter Sid Cutter’s vision put Albuquerque on the map as the hot air balloon capital of the world. Sid had no idea that a little birthday party surprise for his mother would evolve into the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Thanks to Sid’s sense of adventure and tenacity, the Balloon Fiesta has grown from a modest gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 to the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world.

17 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] COOL THINGS TO SEE & DO BALLOON FIESTA HALL OF FAME Hall of Fame inductees have contributed to the success of Balloon Fiesta through their gifts of time, energy and talent. Sid Cutter 1983 Tom Rutherford 1983 Charles L. Hines 1984 Harry Kinney 1984 Ben Abruzzo 1985 Maxie Anderson 1985 John C. Davis IV 1985 Sheri Moore 1987 Marge Ruppenthal 1988 Bob Ruppenthal 1991 Jacqueline Hockey 1992 Jim Shiver 1993 Al Kinney 1994 Thomas McConnell, MD 1995 Bruce W. Hale 1997 Jim “Badtoe” Benson 1998 Jim Baca 1998 Betty Perkins 1998 Aubrey Cookman 1998 Mark Sullivan 1999 Jodi Baugh 1999 Linda Rutherford 2001 George Hahn 2002 JW Byrd 2004 Frank Mezzancello 2004 Carol Rymer Davis 2005 Steve Yazzie 2006 Al Tetreault 2007 Harry T. Season 2009 Pat J. Brake 2010 Bruce King 2010 Sam Baxter 2011 Richard Abruzzo 2011 Ray Bair 2012 Rodney A. May 2012 Kim Vesley 2012 John R. Sena 2013 Dick Rice 2015 Dick Brown 2016 Scott Appelman 2017 Randy LeFevre 2019 Jim Byrd 2020 Ken Tuley (Art Lloyd Jr.) 2021

18 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide BALLOON FIESTA OFFICIAL POSTER SERIES It is the fifth poster in a five-part series leading up to the 50th event. The artwork will feature three of the Looney Tunes’ most beloved characters, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner and Bugs Bunny as they continue their balloon adventure, which began in the 2018 Official Balloon Fiesta Serigraph Poster. This poster was created by artist Daniel Killen who was born and raised along the coast of Southern California. Beginning his artistic career in theatrical backdrop design, he transitioned to animation. Killen has worked on films such as Space Jam, Osmosis Jones, and The Quest for Camelot. He currently works with the Chuck Jones Gallery, known for Warner Bros. properties, including Bugs Bunny, The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Story. To get a copy of this year’s poster go to www.balloonfiestastuff.com.

19 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide ABOUT BALLOON FIESTA The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an event internationally recognized as the sport’s premier event and is produced by a private, non- profit corporation. Throughout its previous 49 events, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta event has brought a sense of fun and adventure to Albuquerque and the world that is unmatched. It has grown from a quaint launch of 13 balloons in 1972 to the massive nine-day celebration it has become today. 2022 Marks the 50th event for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta powered by Exxon Mobil. During Balloon Fiesta, guests can expect to see more than 600 balloons participating in early morning Mass Ascensions, enchanting Special Shape balloons filling the skies, and, in the evening, 200 balloons light up the evening sky with Balloon Glows and spectacular fireworks. On the first Saturday evening, gas balloons launch at dusk to the strains of the team country’s national anthem, floating slowly up and away competing in a distance competition as a part of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race. All of the balloons launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, a 78-acre grassed field – the size of 56 football fields. Pilots participating in the competitive events will launch off site and fly towards Balloon Fiesta Park on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during the event. ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA MISSION STATEMENT To conduct the world’s premier ballooning event, while promoting the sport of ballooning, the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico, nationally and internationally. BALLOON FIESTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Balloon Fiesta is managed throughout the year by a volunteer board of up to 24 directors. In addition to event planning, they address complex policy, administrative, safety and traffic issues. Each year, the board elects officers; the 2022 Officers are President Al Tetreault, Vice-President Judy Nakamura, Secretary Neil Jackson and Treasurer Richard (Dick) Rice. Directors include JR Allison, Ray Bair, Gary D. Bennett, Jay Czar, John Davis, Barbara Fricke, Cheryl Frost, Jim Garcia, Matt Guthrie, Steve Komadina, M.D., Jeff Lawrence, Rod May, Tom McConnell, M.D., Doug Schwebach, Harry T. Season, Jr., John Sena, Mark Sullivan, Bill Walker and Ty Young. During the 50th event, the board of directors will recognize the work of long-time board member Frank A. Mezzancello, who passed away earlier this year. The Balloon Fiesta Board members work tirelessly behind the scenes; it is a tremendous commitment, requiring more than wearing the official Balloon Fiesta jacket. Our community is fortunate to have such dedicated neighbors who are committed to providing the City, the State, the country and the world the greatest ballooning event year after year.

20 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS STAFF A small professional team, work throughout the year to produce each Balloon Fiesta. They serve in one of six primary areas: Event Production: Oversees all ballooning events, social events and pilot registration Merchandising: Poster series, official merchandise, balloon pins Marketing: Advertising, corporate sponsorships, ticketing and membership programs Field Maintenance: Grounds preparation and maintenance during the event Communications: Publicity, media relations and social/digital media Administration: HR, finances, legal 2022 AIBF STAFF Executive Director: Paul R. Smith Director of Operations: Sam Parks Controller: Martha Gonzales Field Manager: Damian Duran-Arias Associate Event Director: Jennifer Garcia Sponsorship Sales Director: Stephanie Prendergast Merchandise Manager: Lisa Mulder IS Manager: Mike McKnight Transportation Manager: Amanda Brady RV-Manager: Jennifer Schurman Concessions & Artisans Manager: Erica Hahn Sponsorship Sales Assistant: Tracey Hawkins Sponsorship Sales Manager: Stephanie Prendergast Group Tours, Gondola club, Chasers’ Club & Glamping: Shamaine Giannini Navigator Manager: Samantha Greenwald Assistant Merchandise Manager: Chani Kaibetoney Bookkeeper: Angela Sanchez Receptionist: Taylor Caldwell Event Assistant: Tracey Hawkins Warehouse Manager: Curt Dahlquist Video Producer/Photographers/Announcer: Ken Tuley Director of Media Relations: Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group Public Relations Media Relations: Amanda Molina, The Garrity Group Public Relations Media Relations: Andie Mercer, The Garrity Group Public Relations VOLUNTEERS More than 3,000 volunteers including chase crew members are needed to produce the nine-day ballooning event each year. Their work begins months before the first balloon is sighted floating in the October sky and they share a wide variety of skills and talents on the field and in the Balloon Fiesta office. They do everything from managing temporary RV lots, painting gates and ticket booths, installing flags, rolling and mailing event posters, counting pins and being member of chase crews. Most of these balloon-loving folks have been volunteering for a number of years and are very much part of the widespread ballooning community. There are also a number of nonprofit organizations that sell programs, direct traffic and many other roles as a fundraiser for their organization. BALLOON FIESTA LIVE! Balloon Fiesta™ Live! is a live stream of all 14 events of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Anchored by Glen Moyer and Art Lloyd Jr., it provides multiple and unique camera angles, and expert commentary. Joined in 2018 by fellow balloonists/journalists Ruth Lind and Kim Vesely, the Balloon Fiesta Live! on-air team has more than 125 years of ballooning and broadcast experience. In 2021, The 14 shows generated a total of 693,043 views on YouTube and Facebook.

21 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide SPONSORS & ECONOMICS Many of the magnificent events presented at Balloon Fiesta are due in large part to the local and national businesses that sponsor them. Balloon Fiesta sponsorships demonstrate commitment to the event and community and provide an opportunity for employees to get involved. The cost of sponsoring at Balloon Fiesta varies based upon the visibility and promotion a sponsor receives from its association with the event. There are currently more than 150 organizations from small local businesses to international corporations that find Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta a worthwhile investment. Representing a significant portion of the Balloon Fiesta’s funding, sponsors are vital to the success of the community celebration. For a complete listing of sponsors, visit https://balloonfiesta.com/Official- Sponsors or email [email protected]. ATTENDANCE AND ECONOMIC IMPACT The 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracted an estimated 866,414 guest visits during the nine- day event. According to the 2019 economic impact and guest research study commissioned by the Balloon Fiesta, it is estimated that 71.4 percent of visitors to Balloon Fiesta were from outside of New Mexico. Balloon Fiesta guests generated an estimated $186,820,480 of total economic impact for businesses in the Albuquerque metropolitan area, $109,894,400 of that amount being direct economic impact FINANCING BALLOON FIESTA Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a non-profit (501-c-3) organization, based in New Mexico. It is a self-sustaining event that reinvests revenue back into the event. It is managed by a volunteer board of directors and a full-time staff of 18 people. The organization receives no direct monetary subsidies from any government taxing authority. The organization raises more than $10 million each year to produce the nine-day festival. Funding comes from five primary sources. •RV Space Rentals •Concession Fees •Admission and Parking •Merchandise Sales •Sponsorships

22 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide MEDIA ACCESS The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a regular favorite of local, national, and international media organizations. Over the past five years, more than 36,745 stories have featured the event, our pilots, sponsors, and guests. Media credential applications may be submitted through the Balloon Fiesta website (https://balloonfiesta.com/Media). Media registration for the 2022 event will remain open until September 2022. Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. Credentialed media at Balloon Fiesta are provided the opportunity for a hot air balloon ride (based on availability), complimentary parking, event entry, access to a photography tower, wireless internet access, logistical support from our professional media team, entry into the media hospitality tent and invitations to media receptions and dinners. The media hospitality tent is located near the Southeast corner of the Launch Field, just north of the Pilots’ Pavilion (also known as the Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion). The media tower is an easily recognized landmark of the media tent. A Balloon Fiesta media credential allows easy access for coverage of most official Balloon Fiesta events. Applications for credentials are accessible online and must be accompanied by a letter of assignment or an overview of your media project. Media credentials provide access to most of the areas on Balloon Fiesta Park. However, there are a few areas for which additional permission must be granted before entering. A media credential does not provide access to these areas: • Corporate Village Tents, Fiesta Tents, Gondola Club, Chasers’ Club • Rented by and restricted to Balloon Fiesta sponsors, guests or members. • Officials’ Compound, Official’s Towers • These are areas central to Balloon Fiesta flight operations. The Officials’ towers include the pilot briefing tower and balloonmeister tower. • Public Safety Compound • This area is restricted to official personnel only due to the multi- agency integration of public safety organizations. • President’s Compound • A very attractive area for reporters, photographers and videographers because of its location above the Launch Field as well as the accompanying views. Those views also make the area very attractive to the RV guests who rent the area well in advance of the event each year. Limited escorted access to this area is provided by the media team, as available. • Field During Competitions • During all days of flying competitions, access in the competition area requires an official media escort. Requests need to be made in advance and safety vests must also be worn on the field. [CONTINUED]

23 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide MEDIA ACCESS PARKING AND VEHICLE ACCESS Credentialled media organizations will receive access to Balloon Fiesta parking. Parking passes will be provided when media pick up their credentials. Credentials are needed to access both the Balloon Fiesta Park and Media Tent. News vehicles may only access the launch field at specific times and must have proper vehicle identification and correct Balloon Fiesta passes (Media parking passes only provide access to media parking areas and will not provide access to the launch field or areas inside the admission gate); crews must have Balloon Fiesta media credentials as well as a station/media identification. Drivers of news vehicles seeking access to drive onto the launch field or inside the admission gate may be required to submit to a background check. All vehicles are subject to searches by the Balloon Fiesta Public Safety Team. Any access to the launch field or inside the admission gate must be pre-approved by the Director of Media Relations. Balloon Fiesta media credentials do not allow entry into RESTRICTED AREAS for any purpose. Restricted areas include: Public Safety command center, Officials tower, fireworks staging area, propane refueling areas, hydrogen fueling areas, and/or photographing from the top of buildings on the south end of the field. BROADCAST GUIDELINES Television and radio broadcasters using mobile backpacks and live mobile backpacks (i.e. TVU and LiveU) must present the gear for inspection when picking up credentials. All two-way, marti, microwave and satellite frequencies used to provide live coverage of the Balloon Fiesta must be registered with Balloon Fiesta Media Relations well in advance of Balloon Fiesta. Broadcasts must not interfere with the Balloon Fiesta public address system, field operations, communications related to the safe operation of hot air or gas filled balloons and broadcasts of official media. For local radio broadcasters, please be aware that Balloon Fiesta sponsorship agreements restrict “live” radio broadcasts to the Albuquerque market to phone reports no longer than two minutes in length when they are on the Balloon Fiesta field. [CONTINUED]

24 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide MEDIA ACCESS MEDIA TENT Location – Hours of Operation – Activities The AIBF Media Tent is located on the southeast corner of Balloon Fiesta Park, very close to the launch field. There will be no storage provided for tripods, backpacks, and equipment. The media tent schedule is as follows: • September 29: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration/Credential Pick up • September 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Media Registration/Credential Pick up (NOTE: • this is one hour later than normal due to 50th event commemoration taking place at Coronado Mall on Friday morning. • September 30: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Media Welcome Party • October 1 (Opening Day): 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • October 2: 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • October 3, 4 & 5 (Monday-Wednesday): 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. • October 6: 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • October 7: 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • October 8: 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • October 9: 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

25 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide BALLOON FIESTA WEATHER Weather is always a factor as it is with any outdoor event. Balloon Fiesta’s primary concern is safety when making decisions concerning cancellation or postponement. News organizations will receive any cancellation notices from the Balloon Fiesta media representative immediately after the Pilots’ weather briefing approximately 6:30 each morning. Electronic event updates are also available via text message and through the event’s twitter account. On-site, event updates are also provided with a Green Yellow Red flagging system that uses a flag pole located mid-field, behind the Main Street Stage. Additional information is located later in this section. MORNING MASS ASCENSIONS/ SCHEDULED FLYING COMPETITIONS Winds faster than 10 knots (approximately 11.5 mph), less than 3 miles visibility, clouds below 1,500 feet and rain will postpone or cancel the launch. EVENING BALLOON GLOWS/FIREWORKS Wind faster than 11.5 mph or rain will cancel or delay static illumination of inflated balloons. Fireworks can still be displayed with wind up to 20 mph. DELAY AND CANCELLATION PROCESS The Balloon Fiesta will make the first announcements about any delays or event cancellations to the balloon pilots. The announcement will be made as part of regular Pilot Briefings. The initial briefing is held before each event at the Pilot Briefing Tower on the west side of Balloon Fiesta Park except the briefings for Glowdeos will be in the Pilots’ Pavilion. Morning Pilot Briefings are open for the public to listen in; please keep any conversation and radio communication to a minimum. Information will be announced and posted in the Media Tent as well as via official Balloon Fiesta text message, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Unless the weather creates a dangerous situation, Balloon Fiesta Park will remain open even in the case of a balloon flight cancellation. FLAG POLE NOTIFICATIONS Because mobile phone and wireless access can be hampered with so many people at Balloon Fiesta Park, the Balloon Fiesta created a flagging system to notify guests about the status of flying events based on the color of the flag. The flag pole located adjacent to the Stage in the center of Main Street will fly one of three flags: • Green = The launch field is open for inflations • Yellow = Events are temporary delayed or no decision has been made • Red = The field is closed for inflations (NOTE: the red flag will fly until pilot briefing concludes for respective morning and afternoon sessions) [CONTINUED]

26 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide BALLOON FIESTA WEATHER IDEAL FLYING CONDITIONS Since balloons move with the air, information about the weather is imperative when deciding whether to fly. Before launching, pilots will contact one or more weather services to find out about weather and wind conditions in an area. Pilots only fly when the weather is close to ideal—when skies are clear and wind conditions are favorable. Balloons need stable air to operate effectively and the atmosphere is most stable during the hours just following sunrise and those hours are also the best for finding calm gentle winds. In some parts of the world this also applies to the hours just before sunset. Additionally, the temperature is usually cooler in the mornings and the balloon flies better in cooler weather since the hot air gets a better “lift”. The only control a pilot has over a balloon is vertical, so they don’t want to fly around the middle of the day when different pockets of air are rising and falling. THE “ALBUQUERQUE BOX” The fall weather in Albuquerque is known for its clear days and cool morning temperatures. This weather and what is known as the Albuquerque “box” will help this year’s Balloon Fiesta to become another spectacular spectator event. When the “box” is working, guests are able to see hundreds of balloons create a kaleidoscope of color in the Albuquerque sky – there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. The “box” is a combination of upper and lower level winds created by the Rio Grande Valley and enhanced by the Sandia Mountains. The box enables balloonists to back-track their flight pattern and land close to their launch sites conjuring the impression of flying inside a box. Cool air from the north near the surface will take pilots one direction while higher winds blow in the opposite direction. Pilots need only to change elevation to fly back along their original course. Some wind patterns will allow a pilot to dip their gondola in the Rio Grande for a “Splash and Dash” other patterns will move balloons toward the Sandia Mountains. This unique relationship of mountain formations and wind characteristics has brought many balloonists back to Albuquerque year after year to enjoy beautiful ballooning weather. This “box” allows the hundreds of balloons that lift off from the field during Balloon Fiesta’s Mass Ascensions to remain close to the field, creating a colorful visual display found nowhere else in the world. [CONTINUED]

27 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide THE SCIENCE OF THE “ALBUQUERQUE BOX” This wind pattern for which the Albuquerque area is well known and occurs under stable conditions during the fall season when no strong weather systems are affecting the area. On days when the “box” occurs, it dissipates by mid- morning as the sun heats the ground, resulting in thermal turbulence which mixes the separate layers of air and eliminating the low-level inversion. During the nighttime hours, the air near the ground surface is cooled by the process of radiational cooling. This process is most efficient with clear skies, low humidity, and light wind. Cooler, and therefore denser air flows downslope to lower elevations along arroyos and river valleys. The cool air that flows through the Rio Grande valley is shallow (generally no more than a few hundred feet in depth). During the early morning hours this air flows southward down the valley from higher to lower elevation much as any fluid flows downhill. A north wind generally less than 10 mph results in the middle Rio Grande Valley. The stable “river of air” occurs below a temperature inversion which separates it from warmer, less dense air above the inversion, just as vinegar is separated from oil by differences in density. The wind direction in the air mass above the shallow inversion can be different than that below the inversion. In an “ideal” box pattern, the wind blows in exactly the opposite direction with a north wind at the surface and a south wind above the surface. A skillful pilot can bring a balloon back to near the point of takeoff by changing altitudes to ride wind currents in different directions. Upon takeoff the pilot first heads south towards downtown, then ascends higher where the winds then take the balloon back north towards Balloon Fiesta Park. BALLOON FIESTA WEATHER

28 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY 50 YEARS OF BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY 1972 was the first year of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Events included the 1st Roadrunner-Coyote Balloon Race and tours of the surrounding towns and pueblos. 1973 hosted the First World Championships, crowning of the Balloon Fiesta Queen, the first mass ascension and Balloon Fiesta parade. 1974 was the third annual Balloon Fiesta and a new Balloon Fiesta Queen was crowned. 1975 marked the introduction of the AAAA Cloudbouncer Balloon Rally, and the Balloon Fiesta was permanently moved to October. It also saw the introduction of the Air Force Thunderbirds, as well as the balloon seminar and the trade show. 1976 was the year that the AIBF became incorporated, and introduced the KODAK Giant Film Box Drop, the Tumbleweed Drop, helicopter performances, a parachute drop and the sunrise prayer service. 1977 encompassed not only the traditional Mass Ascension, but also the Annual Balloon Bash, a parade, and flying competitions. 1978 marked the first Zoo party, the “Natural Light” Chicken Flying Contest, as well as balloon dances, Mass Ascensions, the KODAK Film Drop and the Blue Angels Flying team from Kirtland Air Force Base 1979 was the first year of the official Balloon Fiesta poster—and still had all of the traditional events like the Mass Ascension, parade and sunrise prayer service. 1980 was the year that the US Navy Leapfrogs joined the festivities, and the Balloon Fiesta started the Key Grab as well as the Best Dressed Balloon Crew Contest. The Kiwanis club also joined and sold VIP parking for $0.25. 1981 was the tenth Balloon Fiesta and featured the first video briefing, the first air show, road run, gas race and Jim Franklin’s Wild Waco air show. The Thunderbirds preformed at Kirtland Air Force Base, and the US Navy Leapfrogs also joined the celebration. 1982 marked the first unfortunate event in the history of the Balloon Fiesta—there was a fatality at an official event. The 11th annual Balloon Fiesta included the Mule Balloon Bust, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Morgan Horse and Carriage Show, and a costume ball as well as a new kite flying contest. 1983 incorporated a 10k run, radio controlled aircraft and performances from high school bands around the state. 1984 included a kite flying demo, the first Park and Rides, the US Army “Golden Knights” Parachute Team and a picnic in addition to all of the traditional events. 1985 kept up with the times and included a bike and trikes/BMX race team demo, a Frisbee demo, the Albuquerque Vaulters, the Masters of the Universe, the Bob Sears Air Show, NASA Aerovan and a toga party. [CONTINUED]

29 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide 1986 presented a tremendous weather surprise—it snowed on the last day. That didn’t stop the festivities though—there was a picnic at Spanish Village on the state fairgrounds, and the Otto the Airshow Helicopter performance. 1987 started an event which is now one of the biggest events at the Balloon Fiesta—the Balloon Glow, which was started to commemorate 75 years of statehood. The Balloon Glow was joined by the Misty Blues All Female Sky Divers, the Leapfrogs, picnics, Mass Ascensions and parades. 1988 was the last year of the Balloon Fiesta gas race. The Balloon Fiesta also brought in the Oktoberfest at Civic Plaza and the dance and BBQ at the Sundance Saloon. It was also the first year that featured a commemorative coin. 1989 started another tradition—the Special Shape Rodeo. The Air Show, the International Mariachi Fiesta, and the first Dawn Patrol were also celebrated that year. 1990 had pop stars Three Dog Night perform, a special shapes event as well as including the US Navy parachute team and the Enchantment Sky Divers. 1991 was the 20th Balloon Fiesta, and included all of the established traditions—sky diving, bands, dawn patrol, a parade, and the Special Shape Rodeo. 1992 saw the first special shape balloon based on the “Simpson” characters, and included large scale fireworks. KODAK became the official title sponsor. 1993 hosted the 37 th Gordon Bennett Gas Race, and started the first midweek Mass Ascension as well as the Manfred Radius Gilder Show. 1994 Included the 8th World Gas Balloon Championships and the special shape mass ascension. 1995 was the First America’s Challenge Race, and included the Leapfrogs, Mass Ascensions and glows. 1996 added the first Dawn Patrol Show, Sivage Thomas “house grab” and new flying events. 1997 started the Flight of Nations, the Cool Cut Showcopters, Fiesta Stand Up Parachute Accuracy Open, Sky Dive New Mexico-State Parachute Accuracy Championships and the USAF Pararescue School Demo Team. 1998 was the year that special shape balloons had grown to be so popular that they were the only balloons to launch from the field on Thursday and Friday mornings and glow on the same evenings. 1999 was the second year the Balloon Fiesta hosted the Gordon Bennet Cup, and included the American Flyer Powered Parachutes Demo, and the kite expo. BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY 50 YEARS OF BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY [CONTINUED]

30 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide [CONTINUED] 2000 set the balloon launch record, with the largest number of balloons attending in the history of the Balloon Fiesta. Helicopters from the TV stations helped out by drying the field so the Special Shape Glowdeo could happen. 2001 opened the Balloon Discovery Center, the Balloon Fiesta was limited to 750 balloons, the blackjack race was started and grass was added to the rest of the launch field. 2002 raised the cost of admission and parking to $5. 2003 was the year that the Balloon Fiesta created the Gondola Club, and started the Fiesta del Vino. 2004 was the first year of the Fiesta Challenge, and it was the last year for the New Mexico Challenge. The Balloon Fiesta also included a salute to veterans. 2005 marked the 49th Gordon Bennett Gas Race and the third time it was hosted in Albuquerque, included Bunnies and Balloons for Easter and was the first year for the Albuquerque Aloft program at local elementary schools. 2006 was the first year for the Balloon Fiesta brick program and the chainsaw carving contest. 2007 was the year for $1 admission for Albuquerque Residents on the first Saturday. It was also the beginning of the Twilight Twinkle Glow and was Fiesta del Vino’s last year. There was a record number of attendees that year. 2008 had the 52nd Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, performance from Josh Gracin, and expanded Park and Ride. 2009 included the beginning of the Chasers’ Club and Patron and Crew Chief memberships were established. America’s Challenge Gas Race canceled due to weather after inflation had been completed—there was a lot of helium and hydrogen used without flying anywhere. 2010 was the first year for the popular Bike Valet was made available for Balloon Fiesta guests. 2011 was dedicated to the “Father of Fiesta” Sid Cutter and was the year that the Balloon Fiesta received a Guinness World Record for the Greatest Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascent. 2012 was New Mexico’s centennial and the first year that hydrogen was used exclusively to provide lift to the teams participating in the America’s Challenge Balloon Race. 2013 was the year of the first Music Fiesta, featuring country music superstar Darius Rucker. BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY 50 YEARS OF BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY

31 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide 2014 will welcome the Blue Sky Pavilion, a space at Balloon Fiesta Park solely dedicated to hosting guests’ milestone events like weddings, reunions and anniversary parties. 2015 the world famous sky racing team, Parabatix flew at Balloon Fiesta Park. A daily laser show was also featured for the first time and this year also introduced the 12,000-square-foot Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion and a bronze statue of Sid welcoming pilots, crews and guests. 2016 will be the first year the Balloon Fiesta will host the Balloon Federation of America’s US Women’s National Championship 2017 was the year Balloon Fiesta introduced the Candlestick show to the opening ceremonies. 2018 marked the year that Balloon Fiesta introduced two new guest programs to the event; Glamping and the Concierge Program. 2019 was the first year Balloon Fiesta introduced a second Park and Ride loading and unloading location at Balloon Fiesta Park 2020 was the only year Balloon Fiesta did not hold an event since its inception; the 49th event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 brings Balloon Fiesta its first Remote Control Balloon Exhibition, featuring 35 remote controlled balloons that are a fraction of the size of traditional hot air balloons. 2022 is the 50th event, a milestone celebration for Balloon Fiesta BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY 50 YEARS OF BALLOON FIESTA HISTORY

32 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide FACTS AND FIGURES 2022 THEME 50th Balloon Fiesta Theme—the 50 h Balloon Fiesta This year’s theme is focused on the 50th event celebration. There is a new theme to Balloon Fiesta every year; the theme is reflected in merchandise, printed and digital artwork. COUNTRIES REPRESENTED There will be 22 countries participating in this year’s Balloon Fiesta including: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan (Republic of China), Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States. International balloons will enjoy their moment in the spotlight on Wednesday, October 5, during Flight of the Nations, an event that honors all the countries represented at Balloon Fiesta. Up to two balloons from each country will launch while carrying their country’s flag to begin the Mass Ascension. LAUNCH FIELD BY THE NUMBERS

33 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide 2022 FOOD CONCESSIONS FACTS AND FIGURES 50/50 Coffee House & Pub Aly’s Taos Eats Baskin Robbins/Poppy’s Quick Snacks Blake’s Lotaburger Chavez New Mexican Foods Cheetah Booster Club Chile Traditions Chocolate Chip Cookie Company CiCis Pizza Cruising Cones Soft Serve Ice Cream Dunkin Donuts - Middle Location Dunkin Donuts - North Location Dunkin Donuts - South Location El Ranchito Jerky, LLC Frian Kettle Corn Fry Factory Fr y i n’ B r i a n’s G & G Concessions, Inc. Hatch Chile Shack Indonesian Satay JJ’s Enterprise DBA JJ’s Concessions JP’z Concessions Krispy Kreme Doughnuts La Luz Coffee/Just Squeezed - Middle Location La Luz Coffee/Just Squeezed - North Location La Luz Coffee/Just Squeezed - South Location L a s y o n e’s Lotza Pizza NM Pinon Coffee - North Location NM Pinon Coffee - South Location Perico’s Tacos and Burritos Platero Fry Bread Quesada’s New Mexican Food & Exotic Funnel Cakes Saunders Restaurant Group - Tallas Seafood Cajun Concession LLC Such a Slush Sun Mountain Concessions The Rex Tom Thumb Donut Corp. - North Location Tom Thumb Donut Corp. - South Location Umami Cheese Company Uncle T’s MAIN STREET BY THE NUMBERS • 38 Food Concessions – everything from famous New Mexican breakfast burritos to funnel cakes • 41 Merchandise Concessions – official Balloon Fiesta merchandise, pins, art and crafts, and more. [CONTINUED]

34 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide FACTS AND FIGURES 2022 MERCHANDISE VENDORS Albuquerque Publishing Co./ Albuquerque Journal All Tribe Silver Alpaca Connection - North Location Alpaca Connection - South Location Arizona Tube Art Balloon Hat Man - Middle Location Balloon Hat Man - North Location Balloon Hat Man - South Location Balloon Hat Man - Roving Balloon Souvenirs Bamboo is Better Best Selection Jewelry and Gifts Inc. Cutco Cutlery Daiwa by U.S. Jaclean, Inc. DAJO Adventure Gear, LLC Discover Balloons Guatemaya Imports HybridLight with TLUSA and AHG Inka Gold Arts Music Kendra Scott M&E Sales Mayan Art Montgolfier Gifts New Mexico Quilters Association Owl Creek Organics & Natural Products PK Insights, LLC Pandora Peruvian Inkas Art Photo Brick Show Plano Pin Company, Inc Reflections In Metal ShannieGirl Southwest Sky - North Location Southwest Sky - South Location Spoonman Creations Team Hot Sports - North Location Team Hot Sports - South Location Toadland, Inc Xtreme Pet Products Vista Mobility OFFICIAL BALLOON FIESTA PINS • 60,000 pins ordered BALLOON FIESTA VOLUNTEERS • More than 1,000 wonderful and dedicated volunteers make Balloon Fiesta happen year after year. Additionally, more than 2,000 chase crew volunteers will help get the balloons into the air!

35 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide The first gathering to watch a flying machine began in France in 1783, in part to satisfy the curiosity of the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Etienne. The two enterprising paper manufacturers entertained the King and Queen of Versailles, along with a crowd of 40,000 people, by sending aloft a smoke-filled balloon carrying as passengers a duck, a rooster and a lamb. The first human passengers (Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis d’Arlandes) were carried aloft some 3,000 feet in the first manned, untethered balloon flight ever recorded on November 21, 1783. Two weeks later, a Frenchman, J.A.C. Charles and his friend, Monsieur Robert, launched a hydrogen gas balloon near Paris for a two-hour, 27-mile flight. One year later, the first hot air balloon ascent in the United States occurred when a 13-year-old boy, Edward Warren, ascended over Baltimore in a tethered hot air paper balloon. All through the 19th century, American ballooning featured two different types of aerostats. For lengthy flights, hydrogen or “mixed gas” was preferred. For rapid, briefer ascents, smoke-filled balloons proved to be more viable. During the Civil War, balloons were used for spotting and reconnaissance and occasionally were used to carry the U.S. mail and aerial photography. In 1859, John Wise (with three passengers) inflated his gas balloon “Atlantic” in St. Louis and flew eastward in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean. After an 800-mile adventure, a severe storm forced him to land in Henderson, New York. For the next 100 years, very little progress was seen in the world of ballooning. A few would-be aeronauts performed tethered ascensions at state fairs around the country. One such ascension occurred in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1882. Saloon keeper P.A. Van Tassel owned and operated a balloon called the “City of Albuquerque.” It was highly touted as an attraction for the 4th of July celebration on the Territorial Fairgrounds. After numerous delays to his much talked about “lift off,” Van Tassel’s craft finally reached an altitude of 14,207 feet and flew over the Rio Grande River before it came to rest in a cornfield near the Fairgrounds. There were other similar adventures, but nothing of real historical significance until 1906. At that time, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., publisher and owner of the New York Herald, organized the Gordon Bennett Cup Race. The first trophy was won by an American aeronaut, Frank P. Lahm, and his co-pilot Henry Hersey, who flew their balloon 395 miles from Paris to Whitby, England. In 1907, a Chicagoan, Joseph A. Blondin, came to Albuquerque, and attempted to inflate a 25,000 cubic foot balloon envelope of rubberized silk. His “mixed- gas” three-hour flight was fraught with problems, as was another attempted ascension by Blondin in 1909. BALLOONING HISTORY [CONTINUED]

36 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide A mild amount of interest persisted for many years, but it wasn’t until 1960 that a steady interest in ballooning began. Hot air balloon manufacturing firms began “popping up” in the U.S., most of them in the west and southwest. During the next decade, various balloon flight records for altitude, distance and duration aloft were set by several pilots, among them Ed Yost and Don Piccard. In 1971, Albuquerque’s Sid Cutter celebrated the 42nd anniversary of his family’s flying service company and his mother’s birthday, with a Raven balloon inflated as a centerpiece in the Cutter Flying Service hangar. This family social event has become a part of ballooning history because of its impact on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which was first organized as a 13 balloon rally the following year. In February 1973, the first World Hot Air Balloon Championship was held in Albuquerque and again in 1975 before it was shifted to other sites in Europe and the U.S. In 1978, well-known Albuquerque balloon adventurers Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson, along with Larry Newman piloted the first balloon ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Their helium filled balloon, the Double Eagle II, landed on August 17th in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours and 6 minutes after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. In January of 2015 gas balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, the “Two Eagles” team completed their 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific from Japan to Mexico, surpassing the previous distance record (5,209 miles) for gas balloons. Today, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has expanded to an over 500 balloon event, with more than 700,000 guest visits over the course of nine days. BALLOONING HISTORY

37 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Everything You Wanted To Know About Hot Air And Gas Balloons [CONTINUED] WHAT ARE HOT AIR BALLOONS MADE OF? The bag – or envelope, as it’s more properly called – is made of a reinforced fabric called rip-stop nylon. Polyester and other fabrics are sometimes used. The materials are very lightweight and very strong. The fabric is coated on the inside to prevent leaks. The fabric used at the lower portion of the balloon is a fire-resistant material like Nomex, which is what firemen and race car drivers we ar. HOW IS A HOT AIR BALLOON INFLATED? During the inflation process, ballooning becomes a group sport. Since a balloon is quite unwieldy on the ground, it can take about four people to get a balloon inflated. Of course, the more people there are the more fun you can have. To start off, the envelope is stretched out on the ground and attached to the basket, which is lying on its side. A small gasoline-powered fan blows air into the balloon envelope. Then the burner is turned on, and the air in the balloon is heated. The hot air rises, lifting the balloon upright. WHAT ARE THE BASKETS MADE OF? The baskets are usually woven out of wicker since it is strong, lightweight and flexible. Wicker is also very easy to maintain and holds up well under the stress of repeated landings. HOW BIG ARE HOT AIR BALLOONS? The typical sport balloon ranges in size from 65,000 to 105,000 cubic feet in volume, and when inflated stands around 70 feet tall (or equivalent in height to a building with seven floors). HOW DO BALLOONS FLY? Hot air balloons fly because hot air rises. When the pilot heats the air inside the envelope, it becomes lighter than the air around the envelope and floats up into the sky. The pilot can control the balloon’s altitude by adjusting the temperature of the air inside the envelope. To make the balloon come down, the air inside the balloon is allowed to cool. To climb, more heat from the propane burner is added, increasing lift. HOW DO YOU STEER THE THING? Strictly speaking, you don’t. The balloon goes where the wind takes it. However, the winds at varying altitudes may blow in different directions and at different speeds, so the trick is to climb or descend to an altitude where the wind is blowing the direction you want to go. HOW FAST DOES A BALLOON GO? As fast, or as slow, as the wind. Since the balloon has no forward propulsion system, its speed is determined entirely by the speed of the wind. That’s why balloon races are events of accuracy, not speed.

38 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO FLY A HOT AIR BALLOON? Conditions are usually the best just after sunrise and one or two hours before sunset. This is the time of day when winds are calmest and the air most stable. HOW HIGH DO HOT AIR BALLOONS FLY? Most balloon flights occur between 500 and 2,000 feet above the ground. But balloons can fly at treetop level or go much higher. The world record for altitude in a hot air balloon is 65,000 feet. HOW LONG CAN A HOT AIR BALLOON STAY UP? It depends. Normally, the balloon carries enough fuel to remain aloft for two hours, but factors like outside air temperature, weight being carried in the basket, and weather determine the duration of the flight. WHAT KIND OF FUEL IS USED FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON? Propane is the most common fuel, but butane is sometimes used in remote areas where propane is not available. The fuel is carried in aluminum or stainless- steel tanks that range from 10 – 25 gallons in size. The average fuel consumption for a sport size balloon is about 15 gallons an hour. HOW DO YOU GET THE BALLOON BACK? With the help of friends who drive a van or pickup truck. This chase crew is usually in contact with the pilot by means of two-way radios and follows the flight of the balloon (as well as the existing roads allow) and should be on hand to make the recovery when the balloon touches down. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GAS BALLOON AND A HOT AIR BALLOON? A gas balloon is completely enclosed and is filled with helium or hydrogen gas. A hot air balloon gets its lift from heating the air within. Hot air balloon flights usually last about an hour, while gas balloon flights can last for days. Gas balloon flights require much more preparation for cold weather, high altitudes, and flying at night. Gas balloonists also pack enough food and water for several days. HOW DO YOU ARRANGE FOR A RIDE IN A HOT AIR BALLOON? Reservations for a hot air balloon ride can be made with Rainbow Ryders Inc., the official ride concessionaire for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The Rainbow Ryders tent is located near the North end of the field and near Gate 9. For reservations, call: 1-800-725-2477.

39 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA® CELEBRATES 50TH EVENT World’s Largest Ballooning Event Takes to Skies October 1-9 The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta celebrates its 50th event with 600 hot air balloons representing 22 countries. The 50th event will occur October 1-9, 2022 at Balloon Fiesta Park, in Albuquerque, NM. Key dates, events and facts: • Opening day at Balloon Fiesta Park will kick off with the Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 6:45 a.m. on October 1, 2022. • Hot air ballooning competitive flying takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with pilots competing to win prizes. • Flight of the Nations, held Wednesday, October 6 in advance of the mid- week mass ascension, will honor countries participating in the 50th event. This year, there are 22 countries represented in the 2022 Balloon Fiesta. • Special shapes 118 amazing special shapes will be flying at Balloon Fiesta this year, 19 shapes will make their inaugural appearance. Special Shape balloons will take to the skies for their own mass ascension and balloons glows on Thursday and Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park. • 648 primary pilots have registered to fly in this year’s Balloon Fiesta, many of them bring more than one balloon.

40 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA® CELEBRATES 50TH EVENT Celebration to Launch October 1-9, 2022 Albuquerque, NM - The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 1-9, 2022. The 50th event, will feature more than 600 hot air balloons, of which at least 100 are anticipated to be special shape. The organization looks forward to welcoming pilots, their crew and guests from all over the world to help celebrate the international event. Balloon Fiesta staff, board of directors and volunteers are in the midst of planning details for the nine-day event, however some general dates and events that guests can begin to plan for include: Tribute Balloon Flight: The 50th Balloon Fiesta celebration will include a tribute flight of the original 13 balloons, at Coronado Center on Friday, September 30, 2022. The original flight occurred on April 8, 1972. The tributet will launch a day before this year’s first mass ascension and coincide with Albuquerque Aloft. ABQ Aloft: For locals and early visitors, Balloon Fiesta will kick off from local schools with Albuquerque Aloft on September 30, 2022. During Albuquerque Aloft, students, teachers and parents gather on their school grounds to meet pilots and crew and experience the excitement of watching and learning how balloons fly. Mass Ascensions: More than 500 hot air balloons launch to the skies in multiple waves with hopes of catching the infamous Albuquerque Box. The Balloon Fiesta’s five signature morning mass ascensions launch both weekends (October 1-2, 8-9) and mid-week (October 5). Balloon Glows: Balloon Fiesta Park lights up on five special nights for the signature Balloon Glows (October 1-2, 6-8). Imagine walking among 200-300 hot air balloons in static display as they flicker under the Albuquerque skies. One of the most popular places for selfies are in the midst of an “all burn.” Special Shape Balloons: The largest collection of hot air balloons will fill the skies during the nine days of Balloon Fiesta. More than a hundred special shape balloons are anticipated for the 50th event. A flying frog, cow and pigs will join a host of other shapes as they resemble items of a child’s toybox floating overhead. Dawn Patrol & Show: Each morning includes a colorful display of hot air balloons launching to the skies in pre-dawn hours. Pilots will fly until it’s light enough to see landing sites. In addition to providing a visual treat, they provide a valuable service to other balloonists by giving them an idea of wind speeds and directions at different altitudes. New to this year, a music program will be added that will be synchronized to the burner blasts. [CONTINUED]

41 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES 25th America’s Challenge: The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race is one of the world’s premier distance races for gas balloons. The race is set to launch from Balloon Fiesta Park on October 1, 2022. Flight of the Nations: In observance of all the visiting international pilots, this mid-week mass ascension will take place on October 5, 2022. Wednesday’s opening ceremony will begin with international pilots flying their countries’ flags from their balloons. Fiesta de Los Globitos: Balloon Fiesta’s second annual remote-control balloon rally will feature dozens of tethered balloons, which are scale model balloons, about 30 feet tall. The mini mass ascensions will take place at Balloon Fiesta Park, from 7:30-11 a.m. on October 2, 5, and 7. Entertainment: Music Fiesta will be back for the 50th event. More at Balloon Fiesta Park: Guests will also be able to visit more than 40 food concessionaires and 40 different merchandise vendors, as well as enjoy returning attractions like the Artisans at Balloon Fiesta and Balloon Discovery Center. Guest options including Chasers’ Club, Gondola Club, Glamping and the Concierge Program will be available this year.

42 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES 2022 BALLOON FIESTA TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE APRIL 1 Balloon Fiesta Leadership Encourages Guests to Plan Ahead Albuquerque, NM – Tickets for the 2022 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, powered by ExxonMobil will be available for purchase starting Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. MDT. Guests planning to attend the Balloon Fiesta’s 50th event will be able to purchase tickets for general admission, Park & Ride, Music Fiesta and several hospitality programs. 2022 Balloon Fiesta Ticket Overview: General Admission: One session (morning or evening) will sell for $15 this year and are available to guests over 12 (12 and younger are free). Park & Ride: A session ticket includes a round-trip to and from Balloon Fiesta Park and admission. Advance adult tickets (13-61) are $22, children (6-12) are $10, seniors (62+) are $20 and bus-only passes (no admission) are $12. Gondola Club: A private area, with a picturesque view of the field, the Gondola Club offers guests delicious food, local entertainment, premium parking, courtesy shuttles, and outdoor seating. Tickets for adults, per session, are $125 and for children 4 to 12 are $65. Chasers’ Club: Access to Chasers’ Club includes admission, private patio seating, private restroom access, a catered meal and access to a bar. Tickets are $60 per person, per session, and children younger than 6 are free. Glamping: The glamorous camping experience includes a three-night stay in a safari tent, admission to the event for all sessions during the stay, premium parking, linens, heater and refrigerator, access to power, restroom and shower trailers and more. The cost for the three- night experience ranges from $1,500-$2,500, depending on the bed setup and number of people staying in the tent. Concierge Program: With a personal concierge and golf cart transportation for the duration of one session, guests will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Balloon Fiesta Park. The package includes one premium parking pass, general admission tickets and a welcome gift. Cost for the package ranges from $350-$450, depending on the number of guests in the party (four people max). Music Fiesta: The music festival will kick off on the afternoon of October 8 and lead into that evening’s Night Magic Glow. Country music star, Cole Swindell, will headline the festival preceded by country entertainer Lainey Wilson and opening band, Restless Road. Tickets for general admission cost $15; additional seating options are available from $30- $75 and an Ultimate Fiesta Package for $499. For more information on all tickets and packages and to purchase visit the Balloon Fiesta Ticket Page. With the special milestone of the 50th event, Balloon Fiesta leadership is anticipating high demand for tickets and encourages guests to plan ahead. “If our guests have plans beyond purchasing general admission tickets, we highly recommend mapping out a plan early on and being ready to purchase their desired ticket and session on the morning of April 1,” says Balloon Fiesta’s President, Al Tetreault.

43 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES BALLOON FIESTA TO KICK OFF 50TH EVENT WITH REENACTMENT FLIGHT Event to honor original 13 pilots and balloons Albuquerque, NM – The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Balloon Fiesta) first took shape with an inaugural launch of 13 balloons, 50 years ago! On Friday, September 30, Balloon Fiesta will host a reenactment of the first flight that launched from Coronado Center, located at 6600 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. The reenactment will kick off festivities for the 50th event and commemorate the 13 original balloons and people who helped make that April 8, 1972 launch possible. It all started as a 50th anniversary celebration of KOB Radio (now known as Newsradio KKOB. The 1972 event, held at Coronado Center and labeled as the “First Annual KOB Radio & Television International Balloon Festival” is now considered to be the first Balloon Fiesta flight. The idea was hatched by three Albuquerque residents. Balloonist Sid Cutter brainstormed the idea with KOB Radio General Manager Dick McKee and Tom Rutherford who was an announcer with the station. Commemorative event banners will be flown from each of the 13 gondolas, each honoring the original balloons and pilots including: Bill Cutter Sid Cutter Gene Dennis* Dennis Floden* Don Kersten Oscar Kratz Bill Murtorff Donald Piccard Wilma Piccard Karl Stefan Brent Stockwell Carter Twedt* Matt Wiederkehr *Attending the event There were a number of people who helped to make this first flight possible and who helped to establish Albuquerque as the Balloon Capital of the World. Balloon Fiesta has invited these influencers to represent some of the Balloon Fiesta founders: • Jewel Cutter – representing her late husband, and original Balloon Fiesta pilot, Sid Cutter. • Steve McKee – representing his father, Dick McKee. Dick McKee was the general manager of KOB-AM in 1972 and helped brainstorm and create the first Balloon Fiesta. • Jeremy Rutherford - representing his father, Tom Rutherford. Tom Rutherford worked at KOB-AM and helped make the first event a reality. • Mike Draper – representing his father, Don Draper. Don Draper was the first Balloon Fiesta Balloonmeister and flew with Sid Cutter at the first event. • Greg Yost – representing his father, Ed Yost. Ed Yost is an iconic balloon pilot and architect. • Denise Wiederkehr McDonald – representing her father, Matt Wiederkehr. She took flight in the balloon piloted by Matt Wiederkehr. The event coincides with Albuquerque Aloft, Balloon Fiesta’s community launch from local elementary schools on September 30th around 7:00 a.m.

44 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA ANNOUNCES 2022 NEW SPECIAL SHAPES 50th Event Includes 19 New Special Shape Hot Air Balloons Albuquerque, NM - The 50th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will host international special shape balloon teams as a part of the world’s premier balloon event, October 1-9. This year’s event will include 118 special shape balloons representing 11 countries; 19 of those shapes will make their first Balloon Fiesta appearance. Special shape hot air balloons (and home country) making their inaugural appearance at Balloon Fiesta include: Balloon Name County Tiger Australia A Bruxa Brazil Flying Bus Brazil Flying Saucer Brazil Mandrill Brazil Steggy Brazil Teddy and Lindy Brazil Toy Car Brazil Alfred the Carpender Germany Wera Screw Driver Germany Mister Globie Netherlands Bravo Bear Taiwan Alien United Kingdom Master Zaba United Kingdom Scarlett United Kingdom Daz United States Party United States Squeak United States Xfinity United States In addition to these new balloons, many Balloon Fiesta Special Shape favorites will also be making a return. These include Airabelle, The Creamland Cow of Canada; Darth Vader of Belgium; and Pigasus of the United States. Here is a full list of returning special shape balloons: https://balloonfiesta.com/Post/2022- Special-Shapes [CONTINUED]

45 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide 2022 Media Guide 2022 NEWS RELEASE SUMMARIES While many of the special shapes will be flying throughout the event, Balloon Fiesta has several events featuring special shape balloons. The Special Shape Rodeo™ (morning) and Glowdeo™ (evening) events will take place Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. Special Shape History Organized special shape balloon events first started as afternoon flying events. The morning special shape events didn’t start until a few years after the first, afternoon launch. The first Balloon Fiesta special shape event launched in 1989. Twenty-eight shape balloons launched to the Albuquerque skies on Thursday and Friday of the event, it was a huge success! The event’s popularity grew each year with 35 shapes in 1990, 45 shapes in 1991, 62 shapes in 1992 and 108 shapes in 1996. The 2022 event will include 118 special shape balloons. Special Shape balloons started their official morning launches in 1993 with a Thursday launch. By 1998, Special Shapes were so popular that they were the only balloons to launch from the field on Thursday and Friday mornings and glow from the field on the same evenings. More information on Special Shapes at Balloon Fiesta can be found, here: https://balloonfiesta.com/Special-Shape.

46 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide STORY IDEAS • 50th Celebration • Albuquerque Aloft – over 100 balloons launch from select Albuquerque and Rio Rancho schools prior to the start of Balloon Fiesta. • Reenactment Balloon Flight • Pilots with the greatest number of years of attendance in succession: • 47 Years: Tarp Head & Bill Glen • 46 Years: Orv Olivier • Best wedding proposals at the Balloon Fiesta • Cost to buy and operate a balloon • Remote Control balloons and operators/new generation of balloonists • Craziest memories/events from the Balloon Fiesta • Favorite special shapes • Fireworks shows and the people behind them • Flying Competitions • History of ballooning in Albuquerque • Games for balloonists • How special shapes balloons are manufactured • How a balloon is built • Why Albuquerque for the Balloons? -Weather • How ground crews get the field in shape and ready • 78-acre field – size equal to 56 football fields • Meteorologists • Montgolfier Diplome – the most distinguished ballooning award • New/foreign pilots • Official photographers • Oldest/newest sponsors • Oldest/newest food concessionaire • Oldest/youngest pilot • Oldest/youngest volunteer • Prizes and competitions • RV cities on and near Balloon Fiesta Park during Balloon Fiesta • Safety – what it takes to make a safe Balloon Fiesta on the ground and in the air • Smallest/largest balloon • World records set at Balloon Fiesta • X Marks the Spot landing spaces • Zebras – personalities and responsibilities

47 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide WHILE YOU’RE IN ALBUQUERQUE Visitors to Albuquerque are treated to an authentic Southwestern experience. As one of the oldest cities in the U.S. (founded in 1706), Albuquerque boasts a unique multicultural heritage and history where Native American, Hispanic, Latino, Anglo, Western and other cultural influences are a part of everyday life. Nowhere is the confluence of past and present more dramatic than here in Albuquerque, where the modern city skyline is nestled between ancient volcanoes, the beautiful Sandia Mountains and an endless blue sky. WHAT’S NEW While exploring Albuquerque, you’ll notice the more than $300 million in hospitality investments made in recent years, including luxury property Hotel Chaco in the Sawmill District and the renovated historic El Vado and Monte - rey motels on Central Avenue (Route 66). Additions to the city include Saw - mill Market, 505 Central and Tin Can Alley food halls—making Albuquerque the food hall capital of the state—the Hacienda Spa at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and new developments at Plaza Don Luis in Old Town, to include wine-tasting rooms, a taproom, restaurants and retail. With increased service at the Albuquerque International Sunport, there has never been a better time to connect with this vibrant Southwestern city. CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS Albuquerque is home to more than 20 museums and cultural centers, featuring everything from art and history to turquoise and nuclear science. Historic Old Town offers more than 150 shops, restaurants and galleries within a walkable plaza. VisitABQ.org/culture NATIVE AMERICAN PUEBLOS Albuquerque is the gateway to Native American pueblo culture. The state is home to 23 Native American tribes comprising 19 pueblos, three Apache tribes (the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Mescalero Apache Tribe), and the Navajo Nation, which spreads through New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. For more information, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. IndianPueblo.org; (505) 843-7270 HISPANIC CULTURE Explore an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary Hispanic art or experience an outdoor concert, dance performance or film at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. While there, don’t miss the Torreón, which houses the 4,000-square-foot “Mundos de Mestizaje,” North America’s largest concave fresco, celebrating 3,000 years of Hispanic history. NHCCNM.org; (505) 246- 2261 ARTS Albuquerque’s incredible arts scene offers a vibrancy and color that mirrors the city and its residents. A multitude of cultures have inspired remarkable art and architectural styles in the city—including stunning public art installations. Galleries and museums showcase a range of artistic styles, offering a thriving arts scene with exhibitions featuring visual arts technology and new media, performance poetry, jewelry and much more. VisitABQ.org/art

48 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide WHILE YOU’RE IN ALBUQUERQUE PERFORMING ARTS Albuquerque is home to a thriving performing arts scene, with several venues offering tickets ranging from $10-$15. Albuquerque’s flourishing arts community offers the chance to catch amazing live theater, dance, music, poetry and other performing arts at one of Albuquerque’s many venues. OUTDOOR RECREATION With 310+ days of sunshine per year and an average altitude around 5,500 feet, Albuquerque and its neighboring two-mile-high Sandia Mountains provide excellent terrain for hiking and biking in the summer, and skiing or snowboarding in the winter. The city’s location in a high desert rift valley also lends itself to hot air ballooning, cycling, affordable golfing, rock climbing, bouldering, geocaching, bird watching, fishing, rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, llama trekking, horseback riding and much more throughout the year. VisitABQ.org/outdoors   CULINARY New Mexican food is truly unique. The star ingredient is the chile pep - per—our state vegetable. Harvested in the late summer while still green, the long, narrow peppers are served freshly roasted and peeled, or frozen for use throughout the year. Most often you’ll find green chile made into a spicy sauce that’s ladled over enchiladas, burritos and stuffed sopapillas. Red chile peppers, left on the plants to ripen to a deep garnet color, are strung into ristras to dry. These dried red chile peppers are rehydrated and pureed into a velvety smooth sauce that adorns huevos rancheros, tamales and enchiladas—served stacked, not rolled. Our state question is “red or green?” If you want both, answer “Christmas” to order like a local. Aside from traditional New Mexican food, the city’s culinary scene is a cultural melting pot with Italian, French, Brazilian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Latin, Southern soul food and more. A blend of upscale establishments and casual comfort food is sprinkled throughout the city, allowing for a scene that’s always deliciously accessible. VisitABQ.org/cuisine WINE & BEER New Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the country, and area wineries offer tastings and tours. The city is also home to an ever-growing number of local microbreweries and taprooms, and the nation’s first officially designated Brewery District. VisitABQ.org/wine-beer MAJOR ATTRACTIONS ABQ BioPark The ABQ BioPark is an award-winning environmental museum comprising four facilities: Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Zoo and Tingley Beach. The Aquarium houses a new River Otter exhibit; a new Butterflies and Bees exhibit recently opened at the Botanic Garden; and the Zoo is now home to the new Penguin Chill exhibit. http://www.cabq.gov/biopark; (505) 768-2000 [CONTINUED]

49 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide SANDIA PEAK AERIAL TRAMWAY & SKI AREA Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway & Ten 3 Restaurant North America’s longest aerial tramway travels 2.7 miles from the base of the Sandia foothills northeast of Albuquerque to the 10,378-foot Sandia Peak. During the winter, the Sandia Peak Ski Area is a popular destination. In the summer, enjoy the cool temperatures and fresh mountain air while riding a chairlift, mountain biking or hiking on top of the peak. Don’t miss the most recent addition, TEN 3 Restaurant, where you can dine at over 10,000 feet. SandiaPeak.com; (505) 856-7325 | Ten3Tram.com; (505) 764-8363 PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT More than 20,000 images are carved into black rocks at Petroglyph National Monument, providing an opportunity for people today to share the cultures of those who long ago inhabited the Rio Grande Valley. The monument provides a variety of hiking opportunities from basic, nearly flat hikes to moderate hikes of several miles. NPS.gov/petr; (505) 897-8814   GOLF IN ALBUQUERQUE Green fees are considerably less expensive on our golf courses than at comparable Green fees are considerably less expensive on our golf courses than at comparable courses around the country. The Albuquerque area offers a plethora of public and private courses in varying levels of difficulty, several of which are on Native American land, or visit the newly opened Topgolf for a more casual experience. VisitABQ.org/golf   FILM PRODUCTION IN ALBUQUERQUE MovieMaker Magazine has named Albuquerque the No. 1 place to live and work as a moviemaker for the fourth year in a row. “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” have put Albuquerque in the spotlight in recent years and have drawn visitors from around the world. In addition to those productions, other recent film and TV projects include: • Stranger Things • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot • Independence Day: Resurgence • Sicario • The Avengers • Terminator Salvation • Transformers • The Book of Eli • No Country for Old Men • The Lone Ranger • Crazy Heart • and many more! VisitABQ.org/film AROUND THE CITY DURING BALLOON FIESTA Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® During the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, the city is a flurry of activity. After you have covered every inch of the 50th Fiesta, check out VisitABQ.org/Balloon-Fiesta for additional events and activities taking place throughout the city. Be sure to also take advantage of the new ABQ Passport as a way to explore all of Albuquerque’s distinctive and vibrant neighborhoods. This free, mobile-ex - clusive digital passport will help you discover more than 200 local businesses while in town for Balloon Fiesta. Between Sept. 26 and Oct.15, when you check in at one or more locations in five different neighborhoods, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an Albuquerque prize package! VisitABQ.org/Passport Thank you for visiting Albuquerque! WHILE YOU’RE IN ALBUQUERQUE

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51 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2022 Media Guide KEY CONTACTS TOM GARRITY [email protected] [email protected] Twitter: @tom_garrity Instagram: @tomgarrity Mobile Phone: 505-710-6567 AMANDA MOLINA [email protected] [email protected] Twitter: @ABQAmanda Instagram: @abqamanda Mobile Phone: 505-610-0753 ABQ TRAVEL EXPERTS LARA BROCKWAY Visit Albuquerque [email protected] Office: (505) 222-4311 BRENNA MOORE Visit Albuquerque [email protected] Office: (505) 222-4349 ANDIE MERCER [email protected] [email protected] Twitter: @AndieMercer Mobile Phone: 505-697-1460

52 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016 Media Guide Did You Know? Recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, Albuquerque’s ethnic tapestry is reflected in its architecture, artwork, cultural centers and cuisine. Countless customs and traditions are a vibrant part of daily life in the city, making Albuquerque the cultural capital of the Southwest. From balloon-filled skies to neon-lit streets, give your best shots the chance to be featured on our @VisitABQ social pages by tagging your photos with the hashtag #TrueABQ. Did you know that the Balloon Fiesta is the world’s most photographed event? Commemorate your visit to the 50th Fiesta with a photo inside Albuquerque’s life-sized picture frame. The frame is located midfield at the Albuquerque Visitor Information Booth . VisitABQ.org FREE PHOTO BOOTH The Albuquerque metro area has just over 920,000 residents . The city spans 187 square miles at elevations ranging from 4,500 to 6,500 feet above sea level . The breakfast burrito is said to have originated at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® in the 1970s. The Sandia Mountains on the city’s east side rise to more than 10,600 feet in elevation and turn a watermelon pink color at sunset . The official New Mexico state question is, “Red or Green?” referring to red or green chile when ordering New Mexican cuisine. For those who want both red and green chile, tell the server, “Christmas.” 1 2 3 4 5 6 Albuquerque is home to more than 20 museums and cultural centers , a Historic Old Town area featuring more than 150 shops, galleries and restaurants, and a nostalgic stretch of Route 66 that combines vintage and modern for an exciting visitor experience.