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Published: 09/22/2016
Joanie Griffin (505) 261-4444,

Rainbow Ryders Signs 5-Year ABQ International Balloon Fiesta Contract Extension

Albuquerque, NM - September 21, 2016 - Rainbow Ryders, the country's largest hot air balloon ride company, has renewed its contract to be the official hot air balloon ride vendor at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta through 2021. Rainbow Ryders has been flying at the Balloon Fiesta since 1984, and with this contract renewal, will be the longest-flying commercial ride company at the annual event.

In addition to offering hot air balloon rides, Rainbow Ryders is a sponsor and supports many of the sponsors at the Balloon Fiesta, which runs October 1 - 9, 2016. Rainbow Ryders is sponsoring the 2016 volunteer program - the Navigator Program. The Navigators are the 1,000+ volunteers that assist with Balloon Fiesta, many of whom come to Albuquerque from all over the country for the nine-day annual event. The Navigator's role is to create a first rate experience for the hundreds of thousands of spectators at the event.

And in support of the event's sponsors, the Rainbow Ryders pilot team will fly some of the Balloon Fiesta's corporate sponsor hot air balloons including Dos Equis, Phillips 66, Intel, New Mexico Piñon Coffee and KOB-TV.

For more information, or to book a hot air balloon ride, go to

More About Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co.

Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co. is the largest hot air balloon ride company in the country with offices in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Colorado Springs. With an affiliate company, Hot Apple Productions, the company is producing the 40th Annual Labor Day Lift Off event in Colorado Springs. Rainbow Ryders has been in business for over 34 years, has flown in 45 states and managed events in Chihuahua and Guadalajara, Mexico. Rainbow Ryders' pilots have over 180 years combined experience. To date, Rainbow Ryders has flown over 250,000 passengers.

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