- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A new Road Runner balloon and another in the shape of a baby dinosaur coming out of an egg are among the new shapes scheduled to take part in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Organizers announced the new balloons this week and said this year’s festival will see around 100 specially-shaped balloons for the October event.

“We’re always excited to announce the new additions to our Special Shapes roster, and this year guests can expect 10 new balloons they’ve never seen before at Balloon Fiesta,” Balloon Fiesta Event Director Don Edwards said.

Among the other special shaped balloons are “Miss Bell,” a liberty bell shape; “Owl,” a fluffy owl from head to claws; and “Happy Orca,” a black whale with a large smile.

Special shape balloons have been part of the balloon fiesta since the premiere of the “Special Shape Rodeo” in 1989.

The 43rd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will take place October 4 to 12.

The special shapes will be participating in the weekend mass ascensions, but the festival has four sessions scheduled to feature just special shape balloons. The Special Shape Rodeo in the morning and Glowdeo events in the evening take place October 9 and October 10.

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