Hot air balloons fly above Cortez on first day of rally

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Hot air balloons fly above Cortez on first day of rally

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The Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally featured 18 hot air balloons that lifted off from Parque de Vida park Friday morning.
After the balloon is filled with ambient colder air from a fan, the burner is triggered, which heats the balloon and stands it upright.
Sonciné Brown and Barb Headley volunteer for a hot air balloon crew at Parque de Vida on Friday morning.
Balloonists from Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado lifted off Friday as part of the 16th annual Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally.
Adrian Bueno uses a squeezer to “milk” the air out of the Neida Lift hot air balloon during the take-down process.
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What: Cortez Rendezvous Balloon Rally


When: 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-5; Balloon Glow at 8 p.m. Aug. 4


Where: Parque de Vida, Cortez


Cost: Free


More information: Contact Cookie See at 505-977-2679.

Hot air balloons fly above Cortez on first day of rally

The Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally featured 18 hot air balloons that lifted off from Parque de Vida park Friday morning.
After the balloon is filled with ambient colder air from a fan, the burner is triggered, which heats the balloon and stands it upright.
Sonciné Brown and Barb Headley volunteer for a hot air balloon crew at Parque de Vida on Friday morning.
Balloonists from Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado lifted off Friday as part of the 16th annual Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally.
Adrian Bueno uses a squeezer to “milk” the air out of the Neida Lift hot air balloon during the take-down process.
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