Balloons fill blue sky on Day 2 of Cortez Rendezvous rally

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Balloons fill blue sky on Day 2 of Cortez Rendezvous rally

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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.

Balloons fill blue sky on Day 2 of Cortez Rendezvous rally

Balloons start to take off from the park grounds on Saturday morning.
Balloons pepper the Cortez sky on Saturday morning as part of the 16th annual Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Festival.
A stray balloon floating over Cortez.
A hot air balloon nears capacity at the Cortez Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally in Parque de Vida on Saturday.
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.
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