Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Enthusiasts heighten excitement on Internet.(Balloon Fiesta)

Byline: Geoffrey White

If the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a feast for the eyes, its World Wide Web site feeds the brain.

Oh, there's plenty of eye candy at www.balloonfiesta.com. Want to see what it looks like from the gondola of a flying balloon the bird's eye, 360-degree view? Care to peruse photos from past Special Shape Rodeos? You can.

But this year the site is expanding its educational focus. Trivia games and a searchable database of ballooning history are two of the new features the 5-year-old site plans to launch in conjunction with this year's fiesta.

The new additions exemplify the all-consuming interest volunteers and balloonists have in the fiesta. …

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