On Friday, April 8, 2022, it will be 50 years to the day from when the first group of 13 hot air balloons gathered at the west end of Coronado Center in Albuquerque in what would be the first Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The occasion was KOB Radio's 50th birthday. And an estimated 20,000 people turned out. This event led to the formation of World Balloon Championships that organized the First World's Hot Air Balloon Championship in 1973 at the NM State Fairgrounds. And if that first event didn't do it, hosting the Championships definitely put Albuquerque on the path to being the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World. You can read more of Balloon Fiesta's history and milestones across the years at https://balloonfiesta.com/History.
Now that it's our birthday and anniversary, it's time to CELEBRATE with new merchandise and a VERY SPECIAL OFFER for our What's Up Wednesday subscribers.
Starting Friday, the first of our 50th Anniversary series merchandise becomes available. Included in this first round, a celebration t-shirt, and a lightweight hoodie. Both feature the new 50th Anniversary retail logo.
For the pin and patch collectors, the 50th pins, in Gold, Turquoise and Rainbow colors are being released. Each of these is individually numbered in a limited number. The Official event patch, and the large 9 inch patch are available. We've added some smaller sticky back patches so you can easily attach them to your favorite clothing or other article. One has the 50th logo on it, the other is a birthday cake Happy Birthday Balloon Fiesta. This one is sure to start a conversation about Balloon Fiesta.
And for the little ones or those who wish they were still little, we have two adorable stuff animals joining the group. Choose between a buffalo or a horse, or get both. Each of them is sporting a Balloon Fiesta 50th t-shirt.
This is just the first round of new 50th anniversary merchandise that becomes available April 8th, 2022, our Birthday/Anniversary.
And now for that VERY SPECIAL OFFER, we mentioned at the beginning of this post. In order to make room for all this new merchandise, we're giving you an opportunity to stock up on Balloon Fiesta Stuff. Use the Discount Code Happy50 to take 50% off everything in your cart, except the new 50th merchandise and shipping. It's only good on April 8th, and a one time use. So load up your cart, clear our shelves and save BIG!
And be sure to watch for next week's What's Up Wednesday for even more exciting news about the next round of 50th merchandise availability.
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