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St. Patrick's Flight & Film Festival - Belen - FREE!

Belen's annual St. Patrick's Day Balloon Rally is expanded to the 1st Annual St. Patrick's Day Flight & Film Festival in conjunction with the City of Belen, Valencia Flying & Retrieval Society and Celebrate Belen. Admission is FREE!

This year the Balloon Rally includes at least 40 balloons including special shapes! The 1st Annual Film Festival features exhibits about the 19 movies and series that have been filmed in the Belen area.

Schedule of Events:

7:30 am - Balloon launches, Eagle Park

11:00 am to 8:00 pm - Film Festival, 2nd and Becker

12:00 pm and 3:00 pm - Valencia County Mansion Players present an old time radio play: "Roy Rogers and the Missing Atomic Scientist" at 2nd and Becker.

Visitors will enjoy a Saturday morning mass ascension with numerous Special Shapes Balloons, including Beagle Maximus -- the world’s largest dog balloon -- along with Smokey the Bear, the Shamrock, Red Chili Peppers and The Old Lady and the Shoe and others.7

At the Film Festival, movies filmed in Belen will be shown at Belen’s historic Harvey House, the City Library and the historic Onate Theatre (Harla May’s).

 • Watch a video at the Harvey House describing the filming that has occurred in Belen and presenting photos and trailers from the films.

• Walk Becker Ave. and 2nd Street to see the actual buildings used in the films and photos of the facades and also temporary buildings used to change Belen into different communities, geographic locations and periods in time.

• Listen to stories of interesting and funny events that occurred as set construction and scene filming occurred, such as the cricket that shut down production.

• Watch trailers and view posters and scene shots and other items provided by Alcon Entertainment from the most recent major production in Belen – Transcendence starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. This movie is scheduled to be released in theatres in April 2014.

Visitors can purchase special commemorative balloon pins made exclusively for this festival, along with Festival T-shirts and posters.

Directions: from ABQ take I-25 South, exit at the second Belen Exit. Turn left (north) on Mesa Road, turn left (West) at Delgado. Follow the signs to Eagle Park!

Free parking will be available at Eagle Park, the Balloon Rallye venue. Free shuttles will provide transportation to the Film Festival activities on Becker Street.

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  • Meredith


    March 15, 2014

  • Denise

    Hi Jan. My boyfriend and I will be attending this festival -- it sounds really interesting! It's very early for us so we'll do our best to get there around 7am. If you'd like to meet, let us know a good place or maybe we can contact by cell? We'll be driving and probably park at the high school as recommended on the festival's website.

    March 14, 2014

    • Jan J.

      I probably won't be there until about 8:30 or so -- will be wearing a red fleece jacket. Look for me near the command post at Eagle Park -- not sure where that will be!

      March 14, 2014

  • Jan J.

    Let me know if you plan to attend and we'll make arrangements to meet. I you plan to take the RailRunner we can make arrangements to pick you up!

    March 8, 2014

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