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Date of visit:
January 15, 2000

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 Location of Mesilla Valley Balloon Festival ...

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Festival Highlights:
 In town
 Few visitors in winter
 No fee to attend
 90 ballons to watch
 Festival atmosphere
 See inflatings up close
 Volunteer to crew
 Color at its best
 Nightime "glow"
 View across valley


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Mesilla Valley Balloon Festival
A chilly morning - great day to fly
A chilly morning -
great day to fly

Held annually, this 8th Annual Mesilla Valley Balloon Festival drew scores of ardent balloonists and thousands of spectators to Las Cruces. With over 90 different balloons participating, the natives and out-of-towners got up-close-and-personal to the action on the launching field.

Where else can you watch the balloons being inflated ... up close. Want to help? Volunteer to crew the inflation and who knows, you may be rewarded with a flight that day.

Image Gallery - Ground Activities
 Getting ready  The burners  Filling with air
 Filling with hot air  The Festival Meister  The rising
 Ready for launch  The ascension begins  Wells Fargo Wagon
 Liftoff approaching  The ascension  Start of another journey
Image Gallery - In The Air
 A piggy bank  Another piggy bank  Rising colors
 The red snow goose  The Wagon  Intel
 The Green Monster  The mass ascension  The journey begins
 The cat  Roswell  Look into my eyes
Image Gallery - Nightime "Glow"
 Starting the glow time  Glow spectacle  Enchnating
 The piggies aglow  On fire  Too hot to touch
For More Information
City of Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces OnLine
Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley of Southern New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Photo Gallery
Las Cruces Sun News

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