Monday, 30 of November of 2015

Upcoming Events

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

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2015 St. Patrick’s Day Flight & Film Festival!  The 31st  Annual VFRS St. Patrick’s Day Rallye!  
Including First Annual New Mexico Film Fest and First Annual Belen Comiccon !!
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Check out the Belen Event web site for current news & schedules:  Celebrate Belen

View the ComicCon details at:  Belen ComicCon

What’s Happening in NM Films:  New Mexico Film Office

Planning is well under way for the 2015 St. Patty’s Day Rallye, to be held Friday March 13th -Sunday March 15th, 2015 at Eagle Park in Belen.  (Weather permitting).  Propane is being sponsored by The City of Belen, as is the Friday night Pilot & Sponsor Reception.   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.  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.  From 9AM into the evening both Saturday and Sunday, Belen ComicCon will be in the Eagle Park Gymnasium with movie stars and collectibles. The NM Film Office is holding a Film Fest of the Directors & Producers Competition winners, with films showing at the Community Center, at the Onate Theater/Harla May’s Restaurant, and the Belen Library.  Pilot and Sponsor Packs this year will include passes to the ComicCon!!  

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 raffle items to The Friday night Pilot & Sponsor Reception Raffle to support our chosen monetary charity this year:  The NM Boys & Girls Ranch of Belen.  The NM Ranches are a safe haven for kids that have to be separated from troubled families.  Their programs offer kids a safe place to live, a personalized plan to address their needs and goals, and individualized education and counseling. They offer families help through services such as crisis management, family counseling and parent skills training.  Plus these kids come out to the Rallye every year and crew for the special shapes.

Also on site to collection your donations of non-perishable food will be The Belen Food Pantry. Food Pantries deliver food directly to the needy in comparison to a Food Bank which supplies pantries.  And if you can, please bring canned goods to the check-in patio at the launch site on Saturday morning.  We’d love to give a mountain of food to the pantry!

The invitations are out – please remember to send in yours with your check to:  VFRS,  P.O. Box 1002, Peralta NM, 87041    Do it soon because we’re close to full capacity!

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

Take I-25 to 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 Belen Police Officer at the gate.

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 2015 we have use of the entire park.  All other community events have been canceled to accommodate us.   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.

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