Balloon Fiesta on WXXI-TV

Balloon Fiesta on WXXI-TV

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 10:00pm

Credit: Paul Orr

“When you’re putting all these colors in the sky, in various angles and shapes…the whole sky is painted...”  -- Sid Cutter, Balloon Fiesta Founder

An insider’s view of a remarkable Albuquerque event, and one of the most colorful, and most-photographed events in the world -- the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It’s all here -- the fabulous mass ascensions, unique special shapes, fantastic evening “glowdeos,” competitions, and the characters that make the Fiesta come alive.

Balloon Fiesta airs Wednesday, August 25 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

On the Fiesta field, in the balloons, and with the chase crews, experience the Fiesta up close and personal. Several pilots are featured, including a pilot from Croatia, the legendary Wicker Clan, and the special shape balloons - the Kissing Bees. This documentary spotlights Sid Cutter, the father of ballooning in New Mexico. Since its inception, Sid has been a pivotal force
behind the Fiesta’s success. His stories and personal experiences weave through the documentary, highlighting the changes that have brought the Fiesta to where it is today.
Like the Fiesta, this documentary focuses on flying, family, friends and fun. It shows how the Fiesta field presents a multitude of activities for pilots and spectators. Experience the thrills, disappointments, near-misses and victories, as pilots vie for prizes in competitions; then, crews tailgate, share stories and reconnect with old friends. Today’s special shape balloons are crowd pleasers, with some, like the Darth Vader balloon, attracting a cult following. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta consistently has the largest gathering of special shape balloons in the world.  Evening balloon glows and morning dawn patrols add a mystique to the overall experience. With the backdrop of Albuquerque’s beautiful Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande,
he visual wonder of the BALLOON FIESTA leaves an indelible mark on all those who view this amazing event.