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A view from Lift-Off Lane

A view from Lift-Off Lane

By Balloon Fiesta
Official podcast of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Join us Oct 2-10, 2021. #BalloonFiesta visit balloonfiesta.com for more information.
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July 16 – Balloon Fiesta Park 25th anniversary
July 16 – Balloon Fiesta Park 25th anniversary This podcast will feature a narrative from writer Dick Brown, a member of the Balloon Fiesta Heritage Committee.  He will share his insights from an article he wrote for the 49th Balloon Fiesta’s Official Program.  The article, titled Balloon Fiesta Park 25th Anniversary highlights the different launch sites around Albuquerque.  It also includes a nice trip down memory lane about one of Balloon Fiesta’s founders, Sid Cutter. The interviews were recorded on July 9, 2021. Websites mentioned in this episode include: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com Visit Albuquerque https://www.visitalbuquerque.org New Mexico True https://www.newmexico.org
12:46
July 17, 2021
July 1 – Event Update, Ticketing
On Today’s podcast, we will receive an event update from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Executive Director Paul Smith and Director of Operations Sam Parks about the 49th Balloon Fiesta.  We will discuss the events and some insights on the kind of COVID Safe Practices you might see at this year’s event. Also, tickets for all events go on sale 9am, July 2nd at BalloonFiesta.com. We speak with Balloon Fiesta’s Erica Hahn about the process and what information ready when you log on to purchase your tickets for the October 2-10, 2021 event. The interviews were recorded on July 1, 2021. Websites mentioned in this episode include: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com Balloon Fiesta Ticket Information: https://balloonfiesta.com/Purchase-Tickets Balloon Discovery Center https://balloonfiesta.com/Balloon-Discovery-Center Balloon Fiesta Chainsaw Carving https://balloonfiesta.com/Chainsaw-Carving Balloon Fiesta Entertainment Schedule https://balloonfiesta.com/Entertainment-Schedule Balloon Fiesta Artisans https://balloonfiesta.com/Artisans Balloon Fiesta Concessions https://balloonfiesta.com/Concessions Visit Albuquerque https://www.visitalbuquerque.org New Mexico True https://www.newmexico.org
18:58
July 1, 2021
June 16 – Meet Ray Bair
On Today’s podcast, we will introduce you to someone who has flown special shape balloons, coordinated balloon safety for the event and is a past president and current member of the Balloon Fiesta Board of directors.  Today, a conversation with Balloon Pilot Ray Bair. July 2nd is the day tickets go on sale for the 2021 event.  It all happens at Balloon Fiesta.com, look for the link in the show notes.  In our next episode, we will have a preview of what you need to know before logging on to buy your tickets. The interview with Ray Bair was recorded on June 16th, 2021 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com Balloon Fiesta Ticket Information: https://balloonfiesta.com/Purchase-Tickets Visit Albuquerque https://www.visitalbuquerque.org New Mexico True https://www.newmexico.org
13:30
June 16, 2021
June 1, 2021 – Event Update, Navigators and Media Coverage
Today’s podcast includes an event update from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Director of Operations Sam Parks, Navigator lead Jennifer Schurman and Amanda Molina from the media team. The interviews on this podcast were recorded on May 27 & 28, 2021 Websites mentioned in this episode include: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com Balloon Fiesta Ticket Information: https://balloonfiesta.com/Purchase-Tickets To learn more about the Navigator program visit https://balloonfiesta.com/Volunteers-New State of New Mexico Department of Health: https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/ Visit Albuquerque https://www.visitalbuquerque.org
20:58
June 3, 2021
May 15, 2021 – The # of hot air balloons, Glamping, Gondola Club and Chaser’s Club; Visit ABQ Provides tips on booking your Travel.
Today’s podcast includes interviews with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Associate Event Director Jennifer Garcia and Shamaine Giannini who coordinates the guest experience for Gondola Club, Chasers' Club & Glamping. Also, we have a special guest, the President and CEO of Visit Albuquerque Tania Armenta.  Ms. Armenta will give is some great ideas when you are booking travel, lodging and activities that complement Balloon Fiesta. The interviews on this podcast were recorded on Monday, May 10 and 12, 2021. Websites mentioned in this episode include: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com Visit Albuquerque https://www.visitalbuquerque.org
44:10
May 17, 2021
May 3, 2021 – Event update, Paul Smith and Sam Parks discuss the 2021 event
Today’s podcast includes an event updated from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s Executive Director Paul Smith and Director of Operations Sam Parks. The interviews on this podcast were recorded on Friday, April 30th Websites mentioned in this episode include: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com State of New Mexico Department of Health: https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/ Visit Albuquerque https://www.visitalbuquerque.org New Mexico True https://www.newmexico.org Know Before You Go - COVID Information: Status Update, May 3, 2021 May 3, 2021 The 49th Balloon Fiesta will occur in 5 months, launching October 2-10 Planning continues for the 49thAlbuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the nine-day event will launch October2, from Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tickets will go on sale starting July 2, 2021 on BalloonFiesta.com. The 49thevent has more than 600 hot air balloons registered to participate. On April 28, 2021, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham updated the Public Health Orders. “The biggest thing for Balloon Fiesta is the Governor's expectation that we'll have 60 percent of New Mexico inoculated by the end of June,” says Paul Smith, executive director of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. “When that happens the red to green to turquoise framework should go away along with all the capacity restrictions. That means the current guidelines will be much more flexible for events like Balloon Fiesta.” Even with the current updates to the Public Health Order, Balloon Fiesta’s leadership continues to work with the State of New Mexico to develop COVID Safe Practices (CSPs) that will enable outdoor festivals and in particular Balloon Fiesta to operate safely and within the parameters of those orders. Among several changes for this year, Sam Parks said guest experience and crowd control will be included. “Concerning the onsite guest experience, we are looking at designing approaches to space out concessionaires around the field,” says Sam Parks, director of operations for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. “We are also looking at spreading out the popular special shape balloons around the 70-acre launch field, so not to have them all inflate on the same part of the park.” The next update will be posted on BalloonFiesta.com on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
14:05
May 3, 2021
April 15, 2021 - Balloon Fiesta conversations with Matt Guthrie, Laurie Riedle, Stephanie Prendergast and Amanda Molina.
Welcome to Season 49, Episode 2 of the Balloon Fiesta Podcast, a view from Lift Off Lane.  This is Tom Garrity with Balloon Fiesta. Today’s podcast will include a conversation with Matt Guthrie, he is a balloon pilot and president of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors. When was Matt’s first balloon fiesta? The answer might surprise you! The show will also introduce you to Balloon Fiesta’s sponsorship team … the dynamic duo of Laurie and Stephanie… they will share a little bit about sponsorships and let us know where their favorite place is to watch the balloons. And, Amanda Molina with our communications team will provide a sneak preview of an article you will see in the April Balloon Fiesta Newsletter. Interviews in today’s podcast were conducted on April 12th  and April 14th , 2021. For more information about the event, please visit https://balloonfiesta.com
25:09
April 15, 2021
April 2 Event Update, 600+ Hot Air Balloons and a preview of the biggest "little" event at the 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The inaugural episode of the Balloon Fiesta Podcast A view from Lift-Off Lane features insights from Paul Smith, the executive director of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and Sam Parks, the Director of Operations for the Balloon Fiesta.  We are still a little more than 180 days out from October 2nd, 2021 when the 49th Balloon Fiesta will launch to the skies over Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In this episode, we want to connect you with the event’s leadership so you can hear first-hand about the plans for the 49th event. Interviews in today’s podcast were conducted on March 31, 2021. Balloon Fiesta Event Update – April 2, 2021 The 49th Balloon Fiesta will launch in 6 months launching October 2-10. Balloon Fiesta’s leadership has been working with the State of New Mexico to develop COVID Safe Practices (CSPs) that will enable outdoor festivals and in particular Balloon Fiesta to operate safely. As always, Balloon Fiesta is committed to provide a safe opportunity to enjoy the balloons. Our leadership is working to understand and adhere to the State of New Mexico’s Public Health Orders. The event staff, with guidance from medical professionals, have identified and will continue to discover public health measures that will be needed based on existing and anticipated requirements for our Event. We plan to provide that information by the time tickets go on sale July 2, 2021. The measures will continue to be updated as conditions evolve. In preparation for our Mass Ascension® launch on October 2, Balloon Fiesta officials are finalizing the list of pilots who will be invited to fly in the 49th event. The event is on track to launch more than 600 hot air balloons during the nine-day event. About the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta presented by Canon is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. It is the largest gathering of balloons and balloonists in the world. For details on events, schedule, entertainment and photographs visit our website www.balloonfiesta.com and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @BalloonFiesta .
18:11
April 1, 2021