Thursday, 18 of December of 2014


February 28, 2014    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 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon Rallye -and Belen Film Fest.  This year The City of Belen NM has joined with us to make this event the most memorable one in our long history.  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.  Invited pilots will receive some incredible information in their packets including:  a Friday night registration party for pilots and sponsors, a request to perform a candle-burn on Saturday night outside the various venues that will be showing movies filmed in Belen.  There will be a walking tour in downtown Belen of the buildings where filming was done, and local docents who were involved in the productions to explain things and share stories of their experiences on the sets, and street vendors selling food and boutique items.

Rallye Dates:  Friday March 14 – Sunday March 16, 2014

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:  Candle Burn at Belen Movie Venues with participant dinner following.

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 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:

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