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Name: White Sands Balloon & Music Festival
Date: September 6, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Trip Builder: View Trip
Event Description:

 

The Biggest Event of The Year!

The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, The White Sands Balloon Invitational Committee and the City of Alamogordo has joined forces to present the 28th Balloon Invitational. For the first time in its history, we will welcome some amazing musical artists to entertain our guests. Please join us for the 2019 White Sands Balloon and Music Festival (WSBMF)

Featuring:
Over 30 balloons from around the world to include some of the most skilled pilots in the country
Over 9 hours of Music
Over 40 Vendors – Food, Beer and More
5k Fun Run/Walk
Cornhole Tournament
Youth Watermelon Eating Contest

The Event
The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, the White Sands Balloon Invitational Committee and the City of Alamogordo have partnered to present one of the most anticipated events in Southeastern New Mexico. This is the only time throughout the year that private aircraft can fly over the glistening gypsum dunes at the White Sands National Monument. This unique experience contiguous to the Balloon & Music Festival at Ed Brabson Balloon Park, has the quality to evolve into an event worthy of attracting major regional and national sponsors and a diverse audience drawn from a large geographic area in the years ahead. Naturally, we need to draw on our local businesses and community leaders for a portion of the financial resources necessary to execute an event of such caliber.

THE DATES

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH
-- The 2019 WSBMF will kick off with a Pilot Reception on Friday Evening. This is for the pilots, sponsors and crew ONLY.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
-- 6:00 a.m. Gates to the Ed Brabson Balloon Park (700 Lavelle Rd.) will open. Admission is $20 per carload or $10 per person at the gate.
-- 7:00 a.m. (Approx.) Balloons will Launch from Ed Brabson Balloon Park. We expect for them to be up around 3 hours.
-- Vendors, food, beer and more will be on site
-- 2:00 p.m. Music will start ( Lineup is SugarFoot Express, Natajja, Abe Mack Band, One of These Nights: An Eagles Tribute Band)
-- 7:00 p.m. (Approx.) Balloon glow will start.
-- Festival ends at midnight

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
-- 5k Fun Run/Walk at Jim R. Griggs Sports Complex
-- 5k fees: $25/person – Youth 1 mile FREE; $5 military discount, 5k registration includes admission to Main Event
-- 8:00 a.m. Youth 1 miles starts.
-- 8:30 a.m. 5k Fun Run/Walk starts
-- 9:30 a.m. Awards.
Forms available at Bank 34 and the Alamogordo chamber of Commerce, online registration at www.active.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH
-- WSBMF Cornhole Tournament – First toss at noon - $40 a team – Cash prize for 1st 2nd and 3rd place teams
-- Double elimination blind draw; guaranteed a minimum of 2 games. -- There is a maximum of 40 teams.
-- Registration forms and fees can be picked up and dropped off at the Chamber Office, 1301 North White Sands Blvd or contact Sarah Houghteling at 437-6120 or email chamber@alamogordo.com
Additional Information: Please visit www.alamogordo.com
Deadline: Forms and fees must be received no later than Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Deadline to drop out and receive a refund is Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Sorry, no event day walk-ups.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH (White Sands National Monument)
Around 30 balloons are expected to launch from 7 - 7:30 a.m. at the White Sands National Monument. Park entry will open at 6:00 a.m. No vendors or food will be provided at the park. Please be sure to bring your own water. For park rules, please visit https://www.nps.gov/whsa/planyourvisit/index.htm


Admission Fee for Ed Brabson Balloon Park: It will be $20 a carload or $10 per individual at the gate for September 7th. This gives you access to come and go as you please throughout the day. September 8th's Balloon launch will take place at White Sands National Monument and regular park entrance fees will apply.

Video footage and/or photos will be taken during this event, which may or may not include your recognizable image. Please be advised, by participating in the 2019 WSBMF, you agree to allow the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and the White Sands Balloon and Music Festival Committee to use the images in print, digital or web-based formats for promotional and archival purposes.

***All activities are weather-permitting. All stated times are approximate. Balloon rides are reserved for sponsors only.****
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Location:

Ed Brabson Balloon Park, 700 Lavelle Rd., Alamogordo NM, 88310 (All Day Saturday)
White Sands National Monument (Sunday Morning) 
Date/Time Information:
See event description for details
Contact Information:
Michelle Gill 575-437-6120
Fees/Admission:
$10 per person or $20 per carload at Ed Brabson Balloon Park. Upon payment, guest will receive a wristband giving them the option to come and go as they please.

Regular White Sands National Monument Park entry fees will apply for the balloon launch on Sunday.
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