- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta say more people attended this year’s nine-day event than last year.

The number of visits this year was estimated at 955,703, up from 848,393 in 2014.

Officials couldn’t pinpoint the exact reason for the increase, but said in a statement that new demonstrations such as a laser light show and good weather could have helped to boost the numbers.

Flying events launched successfully each morning during the fiesta.

However, conditions weren’t favorable downfield for the launch of the long distance America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race and two evening balloon glows were canceled.

More than 550 balloon teams were registered for this year’s fiesta, including 105 special shape balloons. Seventeen countries and 44 states were represented.

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