ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The 42nd Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta starts Saturday and people are already converging to the metro area, eager for the events to come.
Five hundred and fifty four balloons will be on the grounds at Balloon Feista Park over the next week, and this year there are some new things in place that should make the event less chaotic and even more organized.
This year a flag system will be in place to let you know the status of the balloon's launch. A flag pole in the center of the grounds will display a colored flag to let Fiesta goers know what to expect. Green flag means the balloons will launch, yellow means delay and red means the launch is canceled.
Ninety vendors will be out this year ready to feed attendees - vendor space is said to be more spread out more than it has been in years past.
A new tribute area at the balloon museum will honor fallen balloonists.
Organizers say their goal is to make this year's Balloon Fiesta experience better than ever.
“Hopefully there's going to be less confusion. People will be able to look at the flagpole with a turn of the head, wherever you are, to see the flag flying," said Balloon Fiesta Media Director Tom Garrity.
Due to the large crowds cell service at the event can be spotty so the flags will help inform people on the status of the balloons.
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