Upcoming Events

  • The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye will be held Friday, March 16th -Sunday March 18th, 2018 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 Belen Busioness Center, 719 S. Main St., Belen, NM 87002.

    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 to local Valencia County Charitable services that support seniors, kids, and pets. BWVC on Facebook

    10AM – 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.

    After the Mass Ascension on Saturday, Skydive New Mexico will be providing skydivers to entertain the crowds on the field.

    There will be ample space for tailgating after the morning flights and fast refueling at the manifold with many thanks to the help from NM Top Gun Competition Balloon Club.   

    Event Schedule (subject to change without notice)


    Presented by the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society, The City of Belen, and The Valencia County News-Bulletin

    Tentative Schedule of Events



    Friday, MARCH 16, 2018

    7:00am – Pilot & Sponsor Flights. Open to the public.

    5:00pm – Pilot, Sponsor, & Crew Check in and Registration Party (and Silent Auction) at the Belen Business Center, 719 S. Main St., Belen, NM 87002. (If you have items you’d like to donate for our silent auction at the Friday Night Pilot & Sponsor Reception, please contact us at webmaster@vfrsballoonclub.org.)


    Saturday, March 17, 2018

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

    7:00am – Mandatory Pilot Briefing at Eagle Park

    7:30am – Mass Ascesnsion

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

    9:00am to 12:00pm – Propane refueling at on-site location

    10:00am – “Show and Shine” Car Show

    10:00am to 1:00pm – Individual Tailgate Party at Eagle Park. Please tailgate at the “Stonehenge” area of the park to leave room for the Car Show.


    Sunday, March 18, 2018

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

    7:30am – Mass Ascension

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

    9:00am to 12:00pm – Propane refueling at on-site location

    10:00am to 1:00pm – Individual Tailgate Party at Eagle Park.


    DIRECTIONS TO EAGLE PARK (most of our events are held here)

    For Balloons and support vehicles:

    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 2018 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, please 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.

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