Balloon Fiesta Dazzles in Albuquerque

  • Oct 9, 2014 1:59pm GMT

The 43rd annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta fills the crystal clear azure skies of New Mexico drawing more than 500 hot air balloons from around the world.

Besides the beautiful dawn patrol chilly morning launches and the spectacular mass ascensions, the Fiesta also host a competition with some of the top hot air balloon pilots.

In some of the photos below, you'll see pilots tossing a bean bag attached to a streamer attempting to score points by hitting the center of an X marked on the ground.

In the video, two time U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Champion, Harold "Bubba" Cliver takes you for a ride as he crosses Fiesta Field on his way to a target.