I’m referring to, of course, the annual opening of the first bag of candy corn.
No, I’m kidding (though I did just sample my first candy corn of the season, and I’d be lying if I said that the air didn’t suddenly feel a little crisper). It’s the Balloon Fiesta that makes most Albuquerqueans think “fall,” and since it’s gearing up for an October 3 launch (pardon the pun), it looks like fall is officially here.
But look: there are a few new things to look forward to at the Balloon Fiesta this year. Take a look at a few of the events that have landed in my inbox:
October 2–4, the 5th Annual ECHO Chain Saw Carving Championship is back, carving for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Mexico. Championship the same year. Four professional carvers will compete for cash prizes and the prestigious ECHO Carving Cup. They have 22 hours to produce masterpiece sculptures under the theme: “The Great American Southwest.”
October 9–11, Wahl Trimmers sets up a 30-foot mobile barbershop at the Balloon Fiesta as part of its Let It Grow Tour. Wahl’s stylists will be doing free trims, and there are demos by the master barber. Plus, Wahl will be holding a Man of the Year contest to name the best beard, goatee, and mustache in the country—for every entry into the contest $2 will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LiveStrong.
… and there’s plenty more to report. Watch this space!
Are you going to the Balloon Fiesta? What’s your favorite part of this time of year?
photo: Ray Wyatt