About the Rio Grande Classic

Pilot Registration for the 2023 Rio Grande Classic is now open to the first 50 Pilots. Will Rhett Heartsill and Keith Takach defend their crowns or will YOU take the champion title.  Special Thanks to Pat Chando for our 2023 RGC Logo which features the balloons of last year’s champions!


Rio Grande Classic Balloon Competition

2 weeks 2 days ago

The registration system for Rio Grande Classic Balloon Competition 2023 had a glitch and was giving an error stating that registration was full. We have now fixed that. There are 8 spots left! Acceptance letters

RGC Pilot Registration is now open

Albuquerque will again be hosting our Rio Grande Classic Event including the BFA/HACD sanctioned Southwest Regional Championship, and the New Mexico State Championship over Memorial day weekend. We are pleased to announce that our Event Directors for this year will be Maury Sullivan and AIBF Sam Parks!  Our special thanks to Elisa Talbert and Jessica Price for chairing this major balloon event!  Pilot Registration is NOW OPEN to 50 Pilots Only!


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