International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally is Back!

The International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally has been absent from our community for the past two years. In 2011, the Track Fire was to blame for putting an abrupt end to the rally, and momentum was lost for 2012. This year MainStreet, with the help of many local organizations, has taken on the responsibility of getting back that annual momentum, and planning is moving right along.

The weekend after July 4th will be filled with the bustle of activity surrounding the balloon rally. Friday, July 5th will be the Pilots’ Reception, to which all local sponsors are invited. Saturday, July 6th will be the first Mass Ascension, the Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, and an Independence Day parade in the afternoon. Sunday, July 7th, will be the final Ascension and Pancake Breakfast.

As the planning process continues, we are going to need major community involvement to make this balloon rally successful and to maintain the continuity of this event that is so important to our area.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 25th at 5:30 in the conference room of International Bank. If you are reading this, we need you there.

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