A Cortez tale: A Rendezvous with the Redneck Cowboy

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A Cortez tale: A Rendezvous with the Redneck Cowboy

Rally brings a high-flying tribe and their stories and rituals to Cortez

Day 2 of the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally was a bright success, as all 20 balloons lifted off without a hitch and floated across town.

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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.

A Cortez tale: A Rendezvous with the Redneck Cowboy

Janet Elia/Courtesy photoA crowd gathered Saturday night in Parque de Vida for the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally.
Connor Henry/The JournalBalloons pepper the Cortez sky on Saturday morning as part of the 16th annual Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Connor Henry/The JournalA stray balloon floating over Cortez.
Connor Henry/The JournalA hot air balloon nears capacity at the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally in Parque de Vida on Saturday.
Connor Henry/The Journal

Pilot Stacy Eldridge’s balloon, Redneck Cowboy, gets deflated after its flight Saturday morning. The Redneck Cowboy holds 77,000 cubic feet of air and can support the pilot and one passenger in its basket.
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.
Adrian Bueno uses a squeezer to “milk” the air out of the Neida Lift hot air balloon during the take-down process.
Janet Elia/Courtesy photoA crowd gathers Saturday morning in Parque de Vida for the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally.
Janet Elia/Courtesy photoBalloons fly southwest from their launch site Saturday in Parque de Vida during the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally.
Connor Henry/The JournalBalloons start to take off from the park grounds on Saturday morning.
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