Balloon Fiesta 2017 to feature new special shapes, old favorites

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Balloon Fiesta is just three weeks away, and this year along with some new special shapes, you’ll also notice a baby boom.

“Usually we try to get 10 or 12 that haven’t been here each year,” a Balloon Fiesta spokesperson said.

Always a huge draw, Balloon Fiesta’s special shapes club will have some new members this year, and babies seem to be the trend.

There’s a baby in a beanie sucking on a pacifier, and an infant on wheels dropping his bottle.

Puddles and Splash — the Fiesta’s British guests — are also expected to bring a little one with them.

Keeping with the theme of England, a queen’s guard will protect the skies over Balloon Fiesta.

Of course, there always has to be a couple of new guests from the animal kingdom — an armadillo and a hedgehog.

For the thrill-seekers out there, the Dutch are giving us a racing bike.

Then there’s Bill Vampire, who probably shouldn’t fly during the day.

After taking a break last year, the bumble bee family will also be back. Crowd favorites Darth Vadar and Yoda will also return.

KRQE News 13’s Balloon Fiesta coverage starts October 7 at 7 a.m., on air and online. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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