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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 THE POPULATION OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO is a little over 2 million residents. at lends perspective to the fact that about 1 mil- lion people visit Albuquerque during the nine-day Albuquerque Inter- national Balloon Fiesta, so "there's a lot of activity," said Brenna Moore, public relations and communications manager for Visit Albuquerque. "It's quite exciting; everybody loves that time of year," she said. "You see balloons right outside your window every morning." Every October, teams from around the world descend on the city to ascend from the 360-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, the launching place for balloons and the stomping grounds for visitors. Daily events include mass ascensions, races, competitions, "glowdeos," laser shows and fire- works displays. e adjacent Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum just opened a new 4-D theater and will soon open an interac- tive weather lab, Moore said. Some balloons can hold more than a dozen people, although rides should be reserved well in advance. On the ground, groups can sign up to help inflate balloons or be part of a chase crew. Several other events coincide with the Balloon Fiesta. e Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's two-day Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival features 50 Native American artists, and the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival runs during both fiesta weekends. Old Town Al- buquerque becomes its own festival with live music and daily walking tours of the historic quarter. W W W . V I S I T A L B U Q U E R Q U E . O R G ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO Courtesy A L B U Q U E R Q U E I N T E R N A T I O N A L B A L L O O N F I E S T A SHAKE, RATTLE AND EAT! JUST WEST OF INDY Take your group back to the 1950s at the historic Oasis Diner. With tenderloins as big as your head and made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy on the menu, it's a crowd pleaser. This Indiana Landmark is one of just a handful of diners remaining on the Historic National Road! FOR MORE ON THIS AND OTHER GROUP-FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONS: | 8 0 0 -3 2 1 - 9 6 6 6

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