Getting ready for the Balloon Fiesta is a lot of work! It’s been “hot” and we’ve been working outside the last two days. Hot is relevant–90 degrees is a lot hotter to our new friends from Colorado than it is to us! We’ve strung nylon rope to make people pens for Park and Ride. P & R turns out to be different from what we had thought from the Fiesta end. I think at the shuttle sites, it will be like we thought, getting people from their cars to the buses. Here at the Fiesta end, we unload people from the buses and make sure they go in the direction of the walkways and not across the bus driveway. When they are ready to leave, we’ll load 50 people per bus and send them to their correct destination. Our hours on Saturday and Sunday will be 4 a.m. to 11 a.m., then 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The volunteers have theme days for the Fiesta, beginning with Lobo (University of New Mexico) Day on Saturday morning, then tie dye Saturday evening. Sunday morning is Pink for Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness, then Shamrock in the evening. Monday we get to wear our new Volunteer Sweatshirts and the forecast is for cooler weather. Those are the days we’re signed up to work. We also got some gorgeous balloon fiesta coats that zip apart, so we really have a wind/rain outer layer and a quilted inner layer. The back is embroidered with hot air balloons. We’ll use those in November when we come back to Kansas for the auction, I’m sure.
I probably won’t have much time to write for several days, so keep checking.