What happens to items left behind at Balloon Fiesta Park?

Balloon Fiesta 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After nine days of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta clean-up crews said they’re always surprised to see what some people lose.

The event’s lost-and-found has a variety of items that organizers are trying to return to their owners.

They have three tables full of what they call the “normal” items.

“Clothes, strollers, lawn chairs, and this year surprisingly we don’t have that many sunglasses,” Lynda Crispino said.

Then comes the not-so-normal items including a pair of horseshoes, a hearing aid and countless shoes.

“Children always seem to lose one shoe, we rarely get pairs,” Crispino said.

Organizers also want to make sure things like jewelry and one-of-a-kind items get back to the right person.

“One of these looks like it’s a handmade blanket and I hope somebody does come back for that one but we haven’t got any calls on it,” she said.

Balloon Fiesta keeps everything they find for about three weeks. Whatever doesn’t get claimed, gets donated but the search for lost items still isn’t over. Balloon Fiesta is also allowing anyone with a metal detector to come out and search the grounds. The rule is if they find money, they can keep it, but hoping that in good faith if they find any items worth value, they’ll return it to the Balloon Fiesta office.

“There’s a lady that’s looking for an heirloom cross that has an engraving on the back and I’m just hoping it comes back to us so we can get it to her,” Crispino said.

When it comes to electronics the rules get a little stricter.

“We found about eight cell phones,” Crispino said. “We ask people to bring a charger, something so we can plug them into the wall so they can power it back up. They have to be able to get into the phone to prove that it’s theirs.”

Crispino said they’re also asking people to bring identification when picking up items.

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