- Associated Press
Sunday, November 1, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico state senator wants to see the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta soar even higher economically.

Sen. Lisa Torraco told the Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/1iwaxQo) on Sunday that she is proposing several ideas to create more jobs and generate more spending during the nine-day festival.

The Albuquerque Republican says the balloon fiesta should keep visitors on the field beyond the morning ascensions.

Torraco says she envisions adding all-day events involving mariachi bands, Native American dancing, local beer tastings and other events that showcase the city.

She also suggests lowering vendor fees to bring in more participation.

Fiesta executive director Paul Smith says Torrcao’s suggestions are intriguing and definitely merit further discussion.

The event draws tens of thousands of spectators from around the world every October.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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