Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

Special Events


Board Liaison: Charity Blanchard:

Special Event Committee Mission

To manage events designed to provide club recognition, enhanced membership, and social interaction.

About The Special Event Committee

The committee oversees four major events:

  •  Friends and Lovers Rally --  February 8-10, 2019
      • Schedule of Events (All listed events will be at the Sid Cutter Pilots' Pavilion):
        • Friday, February 8, 2019
          • Pilot, Crew, and Sponsor Check in:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
          • Baggie Decorating Contest drop off:  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
        • Saturday, February 9
          • Pilot Check In - 6:15 AM - 6:45 AM
          • Tailgate Dish Check In - 6:45 AM - 9:45 AM
          • Baggie Pick Up:  6:45 AM (until they are gone)
          • Pilot Briefing - 7:00 AM
          • Crew Target Opens:  TBD
          • Tailgate Dish Contest - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • Sunday, February 10
          • Pilot Check In - 6:15 AM - 6:45 AM
          • Pilot Briefing - 7:00 AM
          • Friends and Lovers Brunch:  9:00 AM
            • Announcement of Friends and Lovers Pilot Winner
            • Announcement of Friends and Lovers Crew Games Winners
              • Baggie Decorating
              • Tailgate Dish
              • Crew Target
            • Announcement of Friends and Lovers Crew of the Year Winner
      • There will be raffles and a silent auction throughout the weekend,.
      • There will be indoor tailgating both days -- The building will CLOSE at 1:00 PM Saturday and following the brunch and silent auction on Sunday.
        • If you choose to tailgate on the field you must respect the City Park rules and use Red Solo Cups.  You are also responsible for emptying garbage cans and taking the garbage to the dumpster behind the Sid Cutter Building.
  • AAA Ice Cream Social -- June, 2019
  • AAAA Picnic -- TBD
  • Jingle Bell (Non) Rally -- December 8-9, 2019

    Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's Pilot Hospitality Tent (October)

    Fiesta Hospitality Tent Coordinator: Carol Bair

    Hosting the Pilot Hospitality Tent is AAAA's way of welcoming all the out of town pilots as well as offering an added benefit to all of our members during Fiesta.

    Can't help out most of the year? Here's a wonderful opportunity to pitch in and assist all those eager and tired(!) pilots early in the morning before launch for any or all days of Fiesta! We provide coffee, hot chocolate, fruit, and BREAKFAST munchies as well as our famous hospitality. It's a great way to meet pilots from other areas and to share AAAA's enthusiasm for our sport!

    We also need volunteers early in the morning before the tent opens to carry coffee pots and food to and from the tent from storage. You won't be asked to serve food. We only need your help from 4:45 am to 6:15 am. You will be done in time to make it to pilot briefing.

    Please help us by volunteering for ONE DAY during fiesta!

    Committee Meetings

    The Special Events Committee meets the 2nd Monday of the month at a committee member's house.  We always welcome club members to attend, but do need advance notice to let the homeowner know and give directions!

    We are always looking for additional volunteers, especially during Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Charity.