March 31, 2022 – Most locals know the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® started when KOB Radio contacted Albuquerque resident Sid Cutter to inflate his hot air balloon during his 50th birthday celebration. Instead, he proposed a balloon race. The rest, as they say, is history. But perhaps fewer people know who Sid Cutter was as a person. A new exhibit at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, Sid Cutter: The Man Above the City, gives visitors a glimpse into Sid Cutter’s life inside and outside the balloon. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, April 8.
“Today, Albuquerque is home to one of the greatest spectacles in the world and a global community of pilots and hot air balloon enthusiasts thanks to Sid’s vision,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Our city is changed for the better by our dreamers and community builders, and Sid will always be a legend among them.”
The exhibition draws on photos and personal items from the Sid Cutter estate, as well as interviews with people who knew Sid, to show another side of the “Father of the Balloon Fiesta”. Visitors can also see the Olympic torch that Sid carried in his hot air balloon to Albuquerque in 2002.
The opening of Man Above Town this year coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Balloon Fiesta which took place near the Coronado Center with 13 balloons.