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Rio Grande Classic 2023

Check out one of the biggest hot air balloon competitions


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The Rio Grande Classic is a hot air balloon competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico which is called the hot air balloon capital of the World. Rio Grande Classic is both the New Mexico State Championship and the Club Championship for Top Gun. The last one is the club that was originally organized to help the balloon pilots improve their skills. It hosts different educational workshops, schools, and competitive balloon flights.

Generally, Rio Grande Classic starts at 4 pm with a registration party at Brew Lab 101. During the last years, over 29 pilots have participated in it. It’s a spectacular and sought-after event held right on Memorial Day weekend. To get the latest information about it, check the official website in the External Resources below.

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