Upcoming Events

  • This is always a work in progress.  Currently in the works:

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    2017 will be the 33rd  Annual VFRS St. Patrick’s Day Rallye!  
    Featuring very Special Shapes:  Shamrock and Shoe!
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    “Paddy”

    “Old Woman in the Shoe”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Planning is well under way for the 2017 St. Patty’s Day Rallye, to be held Friday March 17th -Sunday March 19th, 2017 at Eagle Park in Belen.  (Weather permitting).  Propane is being sponsored by The City of Belen, as is the Friday night Pilot, Sponsor & Crew Reception at the Hub City Brewery located at the Belen Railrunner Station.  

    The propane manifold is back – no more waiting in long lines to refuel.  This year some of the other organizations have graciously opted to cancel their normally scheduled Saturday events so that VFRS has full use of Eagle Park.  

    Additional Events this year:

    6AM until sold out Saturday & Sunday:  Business Women of Valencia County annual Coffee & Pastry booth at the Pilot Registration Area.  Proceeds go local Valencia County Charitable services that support seniors, kids, and pets.

    11AM – 2PM  Saturday “Show and Shine” Car Show sponsored by the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce.  Prizes will be awarded to the People’s Choice Best of Show.

     

    Some Further Event Info:

    There will be ample space for tail-gating after the morning flights and fast refueling at the manifold with many thanks to the help from  NM Top Gun Competition Balloon Club.   Conversations are happening with The Skydive New Mexico diving club for providing divers to entertain the crowds on the field after the mass ascension has departed.  

     

    On Saturday morning at the VFRS Registration Tables, do please purchase some some hot coffee or cocoa and a donut the Business Women of Valencia County’s booth at the launch site to help them support local charities:  BWVC on Facebook.  

    Please bring your donated silent auction items to The Friday night Pilot & Sponsor Reception Raffle to support our chosen monetary charity this year:  (to be announced).

    The invitations have been sent out and available spots are going fast – please remember to send in yours with your check to:  VFRS,  P.O. Box 1002, Peralta NM, 87041 .  

     

    DIRECTIONS TO EAGLE PARK (most of our events are held here)  !!! New Directions for Pilots & Crew !!!

    Take I-25 to Belen Exit 191, Camino Del Llano

    (ignore the sign to Eagle park just as you leave the freeway, that’s the public entrance)

    Go East on Camino Del Llano, under the freeway, pass by the northbound I-25 on ramp and

    Turn Left (North) on CHRISTOPHER ROAD  

    Follow Christopher road approx 1/2 mile to the West Entrance of Eagle Park. (will be partially gravel)

    Please observe posted speed limits and go easy over the speed bumps and show your entry pass to the gate official.

    Balloon vehicles may park on the grassy areas; crews  must park in the dirt lots to the North and South of the grass.  Spectators are being directed to the Belen High School parking lot off Mesa Road & Delgado.  For 2016 we have use of the entire Eagle Park.  The City has asked us to be good citizens regarding our tail gating celebrations and trash disposal.  Black trash bags and green plastic cups will be in your pilot packs for your use.  Details will be included in your Pilot Invitation packages and discussed at the mandatory Saturday morning briefing.

    Spectators must use the Delgado St/Eagle Lane Entrance:

    From I-25:  Exit at Belen Exit #191, Camino Del Llano

    Go East on Camino Del Llano to the intersection of Mesa Rd (2nd Stop Sign)

    Turn Left (North) on Mesa Road and proceed to Delgado Rd (stop sign)

    Turn Left (West) on Delgado Road to Eagle Lane (just before entrance of Belen High School)

    Follow directions from Parking Officials.

    From Hwy 314/Main Street:

    Turn East on either Camino del Llano or Reinken Roads and proceed to Mesa Road.

    Turn North from Camino del Llano, or South from Reinken onto Mesa.

    From Mesa, turn West on Delgado Road until you reach the High School.  Follow directions from Parking Officials.

     

    Current Event Schedule (subject to change without notice)

    33rd  ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY INVITATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON RALLYE Presented by the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society, The City of Belen, and The Valencia County News-Bulletin

     Tentative Schedule of Events

    NOTE: ALL FLIGHTS ARE WEATHER PERMITTING AND AT PILOT’S DISCRETION

     

    Friday, MARCH 17, 2016

     

    5:00 pm  Pilot, Sponsor, & Crew Check in and Registration Party – Hub City Brewing Company at the Belen Rail Runner Parking Lot, off Wisconsin and Reinkein Road.   (actual address is 202 De Soto Ave, Belen NM  505-225-5261)

    Directions:  turn North on Wisconsin from Reinkein Road, follow signs to Rail Runner, turn right into RR parking lot. Hub City Brewing Co is there on your right when you enter the RR lot.

    Saturday, March 18, 2016

    6:30am-  Late Pilot Sign In at Eagle Park

    7:00am – Mandatory Pilot Briefing at Eagle Park

    7:30am – Mass Ascesnsion

    8:00am to 9:30am- Special Shapes Display/Tether (if weather not suitable for flight)

    8:00 to 9:30 am – Regular balloon charity tether rides for donations.

    9:00am to 12:00pm- Propane refueling @ on-site locations

    10:00am to 1:00pm- Individual Tailgate Party @ Eagle Park Picnic Shelter

    Sunday, March 19, 2016

    7:00am – Back- up and Media/ Sponsor Flights- Pilot Briefing @ Eagle Park

    7:30am – Mass Ascension

    8:00am to 9:30am- Special Shapes Display/Tether (if weather not suitable for flight)

    8:00 to 9:30 am – Regular balloon charity tether rides for donations

    9:00am to 12:00pm- Propane refueling @ on-site locations

    10:00am to 1:00pm- Individual Tailgate Party @ Eagle Park Picnic Shelter

     


     

     

     

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