Balloon Fiesta organizers expect more special shapes

From - Crews are busy getting ready for the 43rd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and with days left before the event, the pressure is on. Tuesday, crews mowed the acres of grass and other workers pitched tents along vendor row. 
       It takes hundreds of people to prep the park doing everything from scheduling and fixing cracks in roadways and sidewalks. Soon rows of food vendors and sponsors will pop up in the open space. Along with the 548 balloons, organizers said fiestagoers will see more things to eat this year.
      “We actually have added 10 percent more food concession space,” said Jim Garcia, member of the Balloon Fiesta Board of Directors. Volunteers are going to get a lot more training this year. Different pins tell people what that specific volunteer can help them with.
      Garcia said each volunteer has expert knowledge to share with guests. “Our volunteers wanted to be really involved, this is an event that people really take ownership in,” Garcia said.
      The pins designate things like CPR certification and if the volunteer can speak Spanish. Garcia said some volunteers also get a new designation this year -- navigators. Organizers said the number of balloons and pilots is right around the same as last year, though more special shape balloons have entered. More