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Hello and a Happy Weekend to the TE members.

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and the Special Shapes balloon—my favourite…
Every year 600 plus balloons come from all over the world to participate in a 9 day fiesta. This year there are pilots from 23 countries. It is a big deal!

This is Arky, the Noah’s Ark balloon about to be launched. A very popular balloon and a favourite with many. The animals are so neat-they bend and sway in the wind. They are so colourful and dynamic that the balloon just gladdens one heart for sure. Arky certainly gladdens my heart.
A huge cheer goes off when Arky launches. He is an old friend of the Balloon Fiesta and has been coming for years. He is one of the earlier special shape balloons.
There are animals all around the body of the balloon, with a rainbow on top. I submitted another side of the balloon in TL.

In the WS are another 2 special shape balloons.

For 2 days the fiesta holds a special shapes Rodeo, where all the special shape balloons are grouped together and launch as a unit. Flying competitions are held and the pilots have chances to win prizes. The special shape and regular balloons have different competitions. The special shapes are quirky fliers and quirky to handle so cannot compete with the regular balloons.
PP
It was dawn and the sun had barely popped over the mountain. Most of the balloon was still in pre- dawn darkness. Technically not great but I wanted to share Arky with you. I hope you enjoy him as much as I did!
Joni

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