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Old 03-16-2010, 04:36 PM   #57
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Hi Ken,
This is my first Balloon Fiesta Rally. Will you be sending each of us a confirmation email that you got our checks?
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:31 PM   #58
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I will be sending out our first e-mail update just before I send the deposit off to the fiesta folks - that way if I'm missing anyone, I will know then. You can look for that right after the 1st of April

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Old 03-16-2010, 10:57 PM   #59
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I will be sending out our first e-mail update just before I send the deposit off to the fiesta folks - that way if I'm missing anyone, I will know then. You can look for that right after the 1st of April

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Cool, thanks Ken.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:25 AM   #60
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Wow, that kind of gives me goose bumps! Should be quite a dramatic sight, all those silver streaks at once. Maybe we will reconsider the dog issue. They aren't afraid of fireworks. We're going to spend four days at Zion and surrounds on the way down from Oregon, should be lovely in the fall. We so look forward to meeting new friends in New Mexico.
So Ken, how did you get so many rivets??
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Yes - we meet outside the fiesta grounds - at a place to be determined once we see how many of us there are - we all come into the fiesta park at one time - its pretty cool.

Again its really important that I have everyone's e-mail so I can let you know the details of this highly co-ordinated and organized event.


The only issue with animals that I know of is the fireworks (can you say boom) at night.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:40 AM   #61
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Yup - check out post #2 and you will see a picture of how we line everyone up before going to the fiesta grounds - we kinda take over the freeway for about an hour.

So far the local police have not busted us....

I get rivets by spending way too much time on the forums...

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:34 PM   #62
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And we look forward to meeting you and your cockers. We were thinking of bringing our labs but wondered what that would be like during the day. Actually, our oldest is 14 and going pretty darn slow, we might be down to one by October. Do you think it would work well to bring them?

Our brother and wife are renting an Airstream and will be joining us, we are meeting up in Zion for a few days first.

Do we, as a group, meet up somewhere before going to the actual fiesta grounds?

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If your dogs do well around other people and dogs and don't mind being left alone in the trailer from time to time they should be fine... There is the fireworks aspect, too...ours didn't seem to even notice them. It's a fairly dusty environment for dogs so expect that...our cockers would rather roll in the dirt and dig little holes to nap in than lay on a rug anyway, so they were fine...dirty, but fine... I'd suggest bringing some of those doggie dry-bath wipes with you if you need to de-dust them from time to time...

Look forward to meeting you and your gang!
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So is the area where we park the Airstreams dirt or asphalt or what?

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The area is a hard packed dirt and gravel mix. It is kept watered and dust is never a problem. The area is relatively flat and in most cases side to side leveling is not needed.
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Balloon Fiesta Food

Reminder to Richard and Jan;

Dorothy and I volunteered to do a meal at the 2010 Balloon Fiesta of deep fried chicken chunks and fixing’s. If we have a large crowd again, multiple deep fryers will be better to get hot food to all. Anthony and Tamara, would you consider preparing a fresh batch of hot chilies to go with the meal? Every time I think of last year’s fiesta I remember those fresh chilies. Yum!

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Just back from Joshua Tree NP

Just returned from an Airstream trip to Joshua Tree NP with some friends. Thursday night it blew like stink and made the underbelly metal layer rumble whenever the really big gusts hit. Not sure the kite flyers would have been able to control their kites with that much wind. Friday night it was perfectly still so out came the telescope.
Saturday night was hazy but it was the Equinox night with the moon and the Pleides overlapping so that was really cool.
Really looking forward to this trip to the Fiesta...
Question: So far how many Airstreams are going to see the balloons?
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Yup - check out post #2 and you will see a picture of how we line everyone up before going to the fiesta grounds - we kinda take over the freeway for about an hour.

So far the local police have not busted us....

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We have been to two WBCCI Internationals, going in with the Vintage Club. They meet up the day before, have a nice evening and "Parade" into the International together. Folks there really enjoy the parade of silver.
I don't recall how it was handled at Burlington, but at Salem, OR, we had a police escort. Two motorcycle officers came to the gathering an hour or so before we were to leave. They had a great time talking with the Airstream owners and seeing the trailers. When we took off, they blocked intersections, helped us onto and off of the freeway, and to the fairgrounds, just like they do for funerals.
I have no idea who arranged this or just how it was done, but it was great.

Had a similar thing happen near Chicago when a large Street Rod gathering (Americruise) was leaving a hot rod shop and getting back on the freeway.
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A police escort for the caravan(s) would be wonderful! Last year we were in the 2nd of two 23-unit caravans from the Camping World to the Balloon Grounds with no escort... We were fine and pretty much stayed together until we hit I-25 from I-40 and then it really fell apart as we merged with the local traffic...we were afraid we'd lose someone...we didn't, but it would not have been hard to "get lost"... An escort would give us that much more presence...
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That would be great. If we are going to meet up at a certain time and go together, it would be great to know what day/time ahead of time so we can plan our travels from Oregon (and I'm sure others as well) to coincide with our festival arrival. Somehow, I suspect that Ken is all over that and we'll find out when we need to know ;-) We're starting to make our reservations at national parks on the way down and local spots as well. Does anyone have any great recommendations for some place near Flagstaff?

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WE are professionals - do not try this at home...

We do desinate a meeting place and time. What we are waiting to see is how many of us there will be - I'll know that more next month. Normally we meet around noon - may want to do that a little earlier this year as they want us there as early as possible in order to park us - so stay tuned.

Police escorts are not free - as Terry said it is really hard to get lost - and as long as everyone stays together we are good - last year folks did not keep up and we got seperated - but it still worked well.

Stay tuned - it will be a great time for all....

I will be sending e-mail updates to everyone from time to time and by the time balloon fiesta happens you will be well informed... we try to give the impression of loose organization - but in the backround we (yes we do have an organizing committee for this) are highly organized...

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