This is always a work in progress. Currently in the works:
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2016 St. Patrick’s Day Flight & Film Festival!
The 32nd Annual VFRS St. Patrick’s Day Rallye!
Featuring very Special Shapes: Beagle Maximus, Darth Vader, and Master Yoda !!
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Check out the Valencia County News-Bulletin article: http://www.news-bulletin.com/news/darth-vader-master-yoda-balloons-coming-to-belen/article_d789b5e0-ba2a-11e5-b67c-dfa0081f49a6.html
Planning is well under way for the 2016 St. Patty’s Day Rallye, to be held Friday March 18th -Sunday March 20th, 2016 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. 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 Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with the National Council of Car Clubs to put on a fantastic “Show and Shine” Car Show at Eagle Park right after our Mass Ascension, with winners selected by attendee vote.
Our extra special shape visitors, Darth Vader and Master Yoda, will be accompanied by a visit from the members of the Dewback Ridge Garrison of the 501st Legion, a group of costumed representatives of Star Wars characters in studio quality regalia. Be sure to take lots of photos!
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: (Charity TBA as of this moment)
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 about to be sent out – 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 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 2016 we have use of the entire Eagle 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.