Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association
& AAAA Education Foundation

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 11-12 2017-- Registration Closed

AAAA Ice Cream Social -- June, 2017

AAAA Club Picnic -- August, 2017

Jingle Bell (Non) Rally -- December 9-10, 2017 


Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally 

Friends and Lovers is just around the corner!!!!  The committee is very excited about this year's event and hopes you are too!

The Friday night reception will be at the Sid Cutter Pavilion starting at 5:00 PM.  This is the time to check in, receive your pilot/crew gift and mingle with your fellow rally participants.

Saturday and Sunday pilot briefing will be held in the Pavilion as well.  Crew Development will be overseeing the crew games with the Friends and Lovers events counting towards points for the winner of the event, but not towards yearly point totals for Crew Competition.  

We will once again have the baggie decorating contest and will be adding a cupcake decorating contest this year!  Creative Cheating will once again be allowed with the Special Events Committee judging the most creative cheat/best bribe.  Get Creative!!!

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.


Additional Information

If you need additional information on any Special Events activity, please contact Board Liasion Charity Blanchard at

2017 Friends and Lovers Contest Rules

2017 Friends and Lovers Schedule 

Sponsorship Information