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Published: 11/23/2010
Mike Stauffer, Communications Director, New Mexico Tourism Department, 505-872-7379 or

Rainbow Ryders Unveils Final Design of Official New Mexico Centennial Balloon

Rainbow Ryders - the authorized hot air balloon company for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – has unveiled the final design of its official New Mexico Centennial hot air balloon, which will be used to identify and promote the Centennial anniversary of New Mexico's statehood over the next two years.

"Ballooning is an important part of New Mexico's image and history, and we're pleased to have this special balloon available to enhance commemoration activities statewide," said Jodi Delaney, Director of the New Mexico Centennial.
Rainbow Ryders, which offers daily, year-round balloon rides for weddings, groups, conventions, company retreats and special occasions in New Mexico and Arizona, has joined with New Mexico Centennial Foundation and the New Mexico Tourism Department as a Founding Sponsor of the New Mexico Statehood Centennial 1912-2012 with this donation.

The Centennial will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the state’s residents and its visitors,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, “and we welcome the generous support of Rainbow Ryders as we showcase the Land of Enchantment to potential visitors around the world.”

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