Thursday, 26 of November of 2015

Welcome to the Web Site of the VFRS Hot Air Balloon Club!

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

Did you make it to the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hot Air Balloon Rallye, Belen ComicCon and NM Film Fest?  I hope so!  If you didn’t you missed the greatest show of special shape balloons in the southwest outside of AIBF.

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.  Be sure to view the list of generous sponsors acknowledged at the bottom of this posting and send a big thank you to them by clicking through to their web sites (if a link was provided) or give them a call to say a big thanks !!

This year much of the event excitement centered around the Belen Eagle Park Community Center.  COMICCON hosted a celebrity event and brought in Miko Hughes, Dickey Beer and Ciara Hanna to share their stories and experiences in making films for the silver screen and television in a series of seminars and panels. The New Mexico Film Office sponsored a Film Festival and Conference that featured the winners of the 2015 New Mexico Film Producers Competition – our event was been selected as one of the sites where the films would be shown.

Meanwhile out on the balloon field, there were special shapes and conventional balloons galore!  Our St. Pat’s Day mascot balloon “Paddy” (Green Shamrock), Beagle Maximus (the largest dog balloon in the world), The Old Woman and the Shoe (tallest balloon) , Smokey Bear, La Ristrisita (Chile Peppers),  Baby Dino , Yellow Car, PLUS several smaller Special Shape balloons:  “Sunday Cruise” (Pink Cadillac),”SquakURS” (Parrot), “CutieDink” (Red Cat), “Bumpy” (Yellow Guy with arms & legs and a big happy smile), “1 Down & 8-2 Go” (Grey Cat), Lady Jester.

Yellow Car

Yellow Car



La Ristrita

La Ristrita

1 Down & 8-2 Go

1 Down & 8-2 Go

Cutie Dink

Cutie Dink

Baby Dino

Baby Dino



Old Lady and Shoe

Old Lady and Shoe

Beagle Maximus

Beagle Maximus

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear

Sunday Cruise

Sunday Cruise


Lady Jester




















For more event photos, check out the Belen ComicCon Facebook Page

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.  Attend one of our meetings and join.

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!

This event doesn’t happen without serious help from sponsors.  We thank everyone who has given money, goods, and time to this incredible community service event!  Please thank them by clicking through to their web site, patronizing their businesses, or calling them to thank them for their support!  Scroll Down to see them all because some don’t have web sites.


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Here is the detailed list of our Sponsors and Partners:

BNSF Railway:

Melloy Dodge, 9621 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM  87114, 505-843-9600

Belen ComicCon, www.belencomicconcom

Bar-Y-Pet Hotel, 205 Harrison Rd, Belen, NM  87002,   505-864-2251                                                                                                                          Sponsorship given “In Memory of Ben Blevins: 1946-2015″

Rutilio’s New Mexican Foods:  Belen Location :  455 N. Main St. Belen NM 87002, 505-864-0093                                                                                                    Los Lunas Location:  2350 Main St. NE, Los Lunas, 87031, 505-565-2055

Bank of Albuquerque Belen Branch:  634 Becker, Belen NM, 87002, 505-855-0610

WalMart Los Lunas:  2250 Main St NW, Los Lunas NM, 87031, 505-565-4611

Burritos Alinstante Belen:  1140 Main St. NW, Belen NM, 87002, 505-565-8570

Green House Bistro & Garden Gate Day Spa & Salon:  5 Thomas Rd, Los Lunas 87031, 505-866-1936

RAK’s Building Supply:  108 Carson Dr, Los Lunas NM, 505-865-1100,

Business Women of Valencia County:, 505-865-1040

Sam’s Club Belen

Kona Ice Valencia County:  Contact (505) 850-0325

New Mexico Food Beef Jerky in Peralta NM:  Carne Seca jerky.  No additives, no preservatives, no hormones, no antibiotics.                                                                        Contact Grant & Dorothy Crawford,  505-869-6213

7UP Products:

Keebler Cookies & Crackers:

Statewide Products Co.: 

VARA Wines:

Sunshine Quilting:  Custom Longarm Machine Quilting & Sewing Machine Repair:

Lisadora ~ The Earring SolutionSlip-On is Soooo Much Better Than Clip On“:

City of Belen, NM :

Celebrate Belen Committee:

Belen ComicCon:

Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce, Rhona Espinoza Executive Director:

New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches:

Group 800 New Mexico Wing, Civil Air Patrol:

>>>  More Sponsors will be added as soon as we have received their details to display <<<


Meanwhile, we thank you for visiting our web page, and in gratitude offer to you the Balloonist’s Prayer”




May the winds welcome you with softness.

May the sun bless you with its warm hands.

May you fly so high and so well that God

joins you in laughter and sets you gently

back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.




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