Friday, 27 of February of 2015


2015 St. Patricks Day Rally Pin Design

2015 St. Patricks Day Rally Pin Design



2015 Belen Comiccon & Film Fest


February 11, 2015    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Well,  Almost!

Welcome to the web site of the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society (VFRS).

Hot News Update:  This year our event is titled “St. Patrick’s Day  Flight and Film” !! Check out the   “Upcoming Events” Page   for the latest news.  We are in the midst of planning for the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s   Day Hot Air Balloon Rallye -and Belen Film Fest AND COMICCON!!   This year COMICCON  has joined The City of  Belen and VFRS to make our latest St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon Rallye bigger and better than ever.  Many thanks go out to members of the City of Belen’s City Administration staff and the local business community represented by the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce for their vision, their support, their enthusiasm, their participation, and their immeasurable contributions to this year’s program.

This year much of the event excitement will center around the Belen Eagle Park Community Center. COMICCON is hosting a celebrity event and bringing in several big name Movie and TV stars .  The New Mexico Film Office is sponsoring a Film Festival and Conference that will feature the winners of the 2015 New Mexico Film Producers Competition – our event has been selected as one of the sites where the films will be shown.  The COMICCON promoters are handling all of the arrangements and there will be an entrance fee to those events.

Meanwhile out of the balloon field, there will be special shapes and conventional balloons galore!

Invited pilots will receive information in their packets so keep eyes and ears open and make sure your email address is up to date with our Balloon Meister Don Boyer:

Rallye Dates:  Friday March 13 – Sunday March 15, 2015

Fri AM:  Media and VIP flights

Fri PM:  Pilot/Crew  & Sponsor Welcome & Registration Party & Charity Raffle/Silent Auction

Saturday AM:  Mass Ascension (with Sunday as a backup in case of bad weather.)

Saturday PM:  Downtown Belen Balloon Glow

Sunday AM: Mass Ascension

At the Friday night Pilot’s meeting there will be a raffle of donated items to generate funds for this year’s selected charity, plus commemorative  pins and shirts for sale.   We are again collecting canned goods and cash for charity on flight mornings, so please bring your donations to the check-in tables at the launch zone in Eagle Park.  The Business Women of Valencia County (BWVC) will be on the field again Saturday morning selling coffee, hot cocoa, and donuts to fund their charitable work and the City of Belen Parks & Recreation Dept Manager has promised a breakfast burrito vendor as well.  Come hungry!

More news will be posted as the rallye plans develop.  Stay tuned!   Be sure to check out the Celebrate Belen Web Site:  COMICCON:

And remember that VFRS accepts memberships from balloon pilots, crew members, and anyone who is interested in the sport of hot air ballooning.   Annual membership fee for an individual is still only $15, and is a mere $25 for an entire family.

Oh, before I forget!  We need your photos of past St. Patrick’s Day Rallyes!   Please send them via email to:  so your webmaster can post them in the galleries. Thanks!

For more information or if you have any questions, please email or contact Cheryl Ryder @ 505-350-7205