ALAMOGORDO ― This September, in addition to the wide array of attractions available year-round, Alamogordo will be buzzing with excitement as the 28th Annual Balloon Invitational and the Otero County Fair and Rodeo bring their unique offerings to locals and visitors of all ages.
The Annual Balloon Invitational takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 at Ed Brabson Balloon Park in Alamogordo and continues Sunday, Sept. 8 at White Sands National Monument. The Otero County Fair and Rodeo opens Wednesday, Sept. 18 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.
“Alamogordo is known as a destination that offers a multitude of interesting sights and one-of-a-kind adventures,” said Michelle Brideaux, Communications & Marketing Administrator for the City of Alamogordo. “The Annual Balloon Invitational and Otero County Fair and Rodeo are popular events, adding to the wonder of the area for both locals and out-of-town guests. Each year, the event is incredible, and to add to excitement this year, the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and the City of Alamogordo have joined together to add a stunning lineup of musical artists to entertain during the 2019 White Sands Balloon and Music Festival.”
One of the most anticipated events of Southeastern New Mexico, the 2019 White Sands Balloon and Music Festival (WSBMF) features over 30 balloonists from around the world, including some of the most skilled pilots in the U.S. WSBMF opens with balloons launching from White Sands National Monument – the only time throughout the year that private aircraft can fly over the glistening gypsum dunes. The brand-new Music Festival—featuring more than 9 hours of music, plus over 40 vendors offering food, beer and more—will add fun and excitement for music lovers and festival goers. Ed Brabson Balloon Park provides the perfect space for guests to enjoy the entertainment from the music stage and witness the balloons lighting up the evening sky during the glow. Parking and shuttle services are available to help visitors get to the events.
The WSBMF schedule includes:
Friday, Sept. 6 – Private Pilot Reception
Saturday, Sept. 7 – Balloon launch from Ed Brabson Balloon Park (700 Lavelle Rd), beginning approximately at 7 a.m. (Park opens at 6 a.m.). The Music Festival begins at 2 p.m. at Ed Brabson Balloon Park. Around 7 p.m., balloons will light up the night sky by firing their burners with a balloon glow. The Festival ends at midnight.
Sunday, Sept. 8 – Balloon Invitational continues at White Sands National Monument with balloons launching around 7 a.m. (Entrance fees will apply).
(All activities are weather permitting, and all stated times are approximate)
Excitement stretches throughout the month with the Otero County Fair and Rodeo livening up the atmosphere in late September. The largest event in Otero County, featuring five fun-filled days of livestock shows, rodeos, food, carnival midway and exhibits, will draw visitors from across the region. Exhibits open at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18. The Exhibit Building, as well as the Pavilion and Amusement Rides on the Midway, are open Thursday through Sunday.
“September is a magical month in Alamogordo,” Brideaux said. “In addition to celebrating the only day a year that you can fly over White Sands, this year’s events will be even more special with the first-ever Music Festival. Additionally, later in the month, it’s always fun to stroll along the Midway at the Otero County Fair and enjoy the food and amusements, the baking and sewing contests, music, and the animals. Either of these unique annual events are the perfect cornerstone for a long weekend in Alamogordo this September.”
In addition to these annual events, Alamogordo offers activities, amenities and attractions for the entire family. Kids and adults alike will delight in a visit to the new Rocket City Family Fun Center, a visit to the Toy Train Depot Museum, or a stop by the world-famous Alameda Park Zoo. While in town, experience the flavor of Alamogordo with locally grown nuts and wines.
For more information on all there is to see and do in Alamogordo, or to plan summer vacation, visit www.alamogordonmtrue.com.