The 49th Annual Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta wrapped in Albuquerque, N.M., this past Sunday (Oct. 10). Long a coveted event for RVers, this year’s Fiesta also featured several companies from the RV industry as leading sponsors, including Lippert Components Inc., the RV LIFE Network, Route 66 Casino Hotel and RV Resort and Good Sense RV & Motors.
The nine-day event boasted a total of 588 hot air balloons, 671 pilots from around the world, and a total of 866,414 attendees. Hosted every year at Albuquerque’s dedicated Balloon Fiesta Park, the world’s largest ballooning event attracts balloon pilots and spectators alike with a wide variety of vendors, food, and performances as well as an artisan market, and chainsaw carving demonstrations.
“The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was an amazing opportunity to gather together, enjoy the crisp fall air and see the beautiful balloons with friends & family,” said Andy Robinowitz, CEO of RV Life, whose logo hung on the side of the featured balloon that carried the American flag on one morning. RV Life’s banners adorned several campgrounds and entrances to the park. “It’s something every RVer should have on their bucket list,” Robinowitz continued.
RV Life’s suite of RV services was the subject of some of the many seminars held for RVers in a VIP tent overlooking fiesta field. Co-sponsor Lippert had several representatives on hand to get feedback from RVers about the industry and their products. Lectric, maker of electric bikes tailored towards RVers had demo units on hand and dozens of social media influencers who led many of the seminars, including Matt Foxcroft from “Matt’s RV Reviews,” Tony and Peggy Barthel from “Stressless Camping,” Nate and Christian Axness from “ProjectTrek,” Chad and Tara Florian of “Changing Lanes,” Jason and Abby Epperson from “RV Miles,” and Nathan and Marissa Moss from “Less Junk, More Journey.”
Stacy and Phil Farley of “You, Me & the RV” put together a silent auction full of donated RV accessories and services, raising $5930 for Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured Veterans.
Marc and Julie Bennett of “RV Love” were on hand to sign copies of their new RV Hacks book. “The event itself is an amazing personal experience that truly stands out as one of our top 3 highlights from our 7+ years of RV travel around the country,”Julie Bennett told WOODALLSCM.com. “As a creator, the level of excitement, interest and engagement around our balloon fiesta content from our fans was off the charts,” she continued, adding that the Bennetts are “truly grateful to companies like RV Life and Lippert that sponsored this year’s fiesta and recognized what a unique and powerful opportunity this is to reach and impact thousands of RVers.”
The Bennetts would love to see an even bigger presence of the RV industry in 2022, as would Sandy Ellingson, who organized the industries participating in the event, including the sponsors, the seminars, and the social media influencers.
“It was so exciting to be part of planning and executing the sponsorship for the Balloon Fiesta this year by the RV Industry,” Ellingson said. “I think this is only the beginning,” she continued.
Ellingson has been pushing for the RV industry to be more involved in events where RVers are, instead of just RV shows and sporting events. “For me the Balloon Fiesta has always been synonymous with RVers. I think that this was the first step to a stronger relationship between the two and I can’t wait for next year.”
The 50th anniversary of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set for Oct 1, 2022 – Oct 9, 2022
This article was written by Jason Epperson for WOODALLSCM.com.