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:


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

 Friends and Lovers Rally --  February 10-11, 2018

AAAA Ice Cream Social -- June, 2018

AAAA Club Picnic -- August,  2018


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

Jingle Bell will be December 9-10 at the Sid Cutter Pavillion/Balloon Fiesta Park this year.  We will be having our annual toy drive to benefit a local non-profit.  If you have a non-profit you would like to see benefit from this, please email the name and contact to Charity. More information on this event will be available soon! 

 Friends and Lovers Rally February 10-11, 2018

Friends and Lovers registration will be online again this year.  Remember, if you do not want to use PayPal, you can pay via check or credit card at any General Meeting.  Just let the person running the credit card maching know you are paying for Friends and Lovers registration.  More information on this event will be available soon!


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