ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Weather concerns kept hot air balloons from lifting off this morning at schools around Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
Now Balloon Fiesta officials are keeping a close eye on the skies as they wait to see if the first mass ascension will be a blow out.
Albuquerque Aloft gives kids and their parents an up close look at ballooning, right at their schools.
More than 60 schools in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho participated in Albuquerque Aloft, but all those families could only check out the hot air balloons from the ground.
All balloons had to remain tethered because of breezy conditions.
As the principal of one Albuquerque elementary school says, it's still a great opportunity for students.
“It’s nice because they don't have to do the balloon fiesta crush, they have a chance to be right there,” Principal Stephen Maresca said. “The pilots that come out are always fantastic…they're really nice, they give lessons to our kids, they talk about the altitude, they talk about the weather.”
The weather will be a big factor in deciding if the first day of Balloon Fiesta is a blow-out or a big success.
Balloon Fiesta officials say, they're still planning on a successful mass ascension Saturday morning. They'll be closely monitoring weather, checking winds both on the field and aloft.
They will make the call Saturday morning if the mass ascension will happen on time; if it will be delayed; or if it will be canceled for the day.
Even if Saturday’s mass ascension has to be called off because of weather the park will be open to visitors.
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