Upcoming Events

  • 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:  Shamrock, Beagle Maximus, Darth Vader, and Master Yoda !!
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    "Beagle Maximus"

    “Beagle Maximus”

    Vader Balloon Photo

    Darth Vader

    Master Yoda balloon

    Master Yoda






    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 at the Harvey House Museum at First & Becker Streets.   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:

    501st Legion, Dewback Ridge Garrison, Star Wars costumed reeneactors will be present for crowd control around the Vader and Yoda balloons, and will be around the area for the duration of the daily activities and available for photo ops.

    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.

    10 AM – 5K fun run starting and ending at Eagle Park, returning tail-gaters please be aware of pedestrian foot traffic.

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

    Rumors of a beer garden are in the wind – and several food trucks serving delightful accompaniments – stay tuned!


    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 silent auction items to The Friday night Pilot & Sponsor Reception Raffle to support our chosen monetary charity this year:  2016 Charity:  Force 13 Veterans Services, providing immediate PTSD care and support for US veterans in New Mexico.

    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)

    32nd 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



    Friday, MARCH 18, 2016

    7:00am- Media/ Sponsor Flights- Pilot briefing at Eagle Park or elsewhere as directed.

    7:30am- Balloon Launches

    5:00 pm  Pilot, Sponsor, & Crew Check in and Registration Party – location TBA


    Saturday, March 19, 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 20, 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



     2016 Pin Design




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