The 2024 Rio Grande Classic is in The Books!

The 2024 Rio Grande Classic Competition Event including the BFA/HACD sanctioned Southwest Regional Championship, and the New Mexico State Championship held May 24-27, 2024 is in the books! Our Event Director this year was Elisa Talbert. Our Event Chair was Jessica Price. Thank you to the RGC Event Committee, the Measuring Team, Scoring Team, The Top Gun Board, and all of our Pilots and Crew who participated. A special thank you to our Sponsors.

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Top Gun, New Mexico’s non-profit competition balloon club, has been hosting our Rio Grande Classic Competition Event over Memorial Day weekend for over 30 years. This year, we are also hosting the NM State and the Southwest Region Hot Air Balloon Championships. Pilots will be coming to the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Metro Areas from all over the United States to compete in this sanctioned event. Balloons attract people, people become customers!

We need our Sponsors! Sponsors receive an incredible package of Sponsor benefits including Advertising, Balloon Rides, Displays, and other great amenities. We will make your name known in New Mexico and Nationally through your support of New Mexico Ballooning! Won’t you join us with a sponsorship today?

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