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15 of the Wackiest Balloons at the 2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Festival Part 1 New Mexico

This year at the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, some of the most imaginative and clever hot-air balloons have risen. This is a list of several of my favorite balloons to appear.

Angry Birds

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Photo by aledy66

A crowd favorite for sure!

The Piranha Monster!

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Photo by aledy66

Annie the Lady Bug

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Photo by aledy66

Humpty Dumpty

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Photo by aledy66

Even Humpty Dumpty makes an appearance!

Squirt the Fire Hydrant

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Photo by aledy66

Lottie Dottie Chicken

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Photo by aledy66

Flying Gator

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Photo by aledy66

The Crazy Snail

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Photo by aledy66

Mr. Be Happy

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Photo by Terry

Copter Boy

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Photo by aledy66

The Sheepish Black Sheep

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Photo by aledy66

The Cute Fly Penguin

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Photo by Robin Wiesneth

Bimbo Bear

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Photo by aledy66

Even the famous Bimbo Bear makes an appearance.

Ham-Let

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Photo by aledy66

That’s right: when pigs fly!

The Lovebirds

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Photo by aledy66

Aww aren’t they sweet!


This was only the beginning. Look out for part 2 tomorrow!

John Newell

John Newell is a professional musician as well as student, who is currently working on his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Washington. He is also a photographer and freelance writer.

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