If you are not in New Mexico for the International Balloon Festival, you will be happy to learn that can still find a hot air balloon near you with a special shape.
Special Shapes are so popular that they were the only balloons to launch from the field on Thursday and Friday mornings in Albuquerque and glow from the field on the same evenings – totaling four events dedicated strictly to Special Shapes at the festival.
A little history of the Special Shape Rodeo started in 1989, now the most popular event at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, plus some imagination and the attached slideshow, help to transport us there. Since the Balloon Fiesta started the Special Shapes Rodeo™ in 1989, many events around the world have now added some kind of special shape event to their program.
The first Special Shape Rodeo balloons event was such a success that it created major traffic jams and produced huge crowds. Twenty-eight shapes participated in the first event and the Special Shape Rodeo. The Shape Rodeo grew each year with 35 shapes in 1990, 45 shapes in 1991, 62 shapes from eight countries in 1992 and a whopping 108 in 1996, the largest Special Shape Rodeo.
The shapes glow has come to be called the Special Shape Glowdeo™ in Albuquerque. See the schedule of events
Search the 2011 Special Shapes Directory for your favorite special shaped balloon.
A sample of the special fall shapes include Halloween favorite shapes like:
Sarah the Witch – manufactured by Aerostar with 90,000 cubic feet of volume. Sarah the Witch is a benevolent witch, flying around with her bag full of Kittens. Balloon Owner: Pat Nilz / Pilot – Steve Wilkinson
Address: Tucson, Arizona
Gizzmo (Green Monster) – Gizzmo, was manufactured by Aerostar in 2002 described as a friendly Gargoyle, a Guardian and a Good Luck Charm. Balloon Owner: Mardi Aire Inc / Mark H. Prothro
Address: 2304 Midwestern Parkway Suite 200, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308
Gizzmo stands 42 feet high, with 10 foot wings and 105,000 cubic feet of volume, made with 1,944 yards of fabric. Gizzmo has not only floated in variety of location in the United States but it has also flown in New Zealand, Switzerland and Canada.
There is also a Jack-O-Lantern called Pumpkin Head
Balloon Owner: Mardi Aire Inc. / Mark H. Prothro
Address: 2304 Midwestern Parkway, Suite 200, Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Contact Email: email@example.com
Pumpkin Head’s volume would make 2.7 million pies. It is a two sided Jack-O-Lantern with a candle displayed on only one side.
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