Snowdown Balloon Rally
HWY 550 N at Lone Pine Dr
Durango, CO United States
4th weekend January
Number of balloons: 25
A long time ago back in 1979, the Land of Durango was covered in winter's darkness and the People and Commerce were depressed.
A great lament was heard throughout the Land, as the days were short and bore little fruit.
And so it came to pass one dark day The Founder John Murrah
(the man who originally came up with the idea), heard this hue and cry.
He enjoined the Lords of Business (DACRA, as it was then known) and the Lords of Information Dissemination (The Durango Herald) that a winter celebration would bring Enterprise to the land and raise up the people in their time of need.
And so it came to pass that the Lords agreed and they seeded the project with $2,000 from The Durango Herald.
But a Celebration such as this requires more than a Founder to get started, and so a Great Coordinator was to be found, one to spread the word among the People.
And so it came to pass that Terry Fiedler was hired at $1,000 that first year to organize the project
(but to be paid only after all expenses were recouped).
The Coordinator's word was good and jollity, commerce and mirth spread among the people.
And so it came to pass that SNOWDOWN survived and continued into subsequent years and Fiedler usually volunteered his time, occasionally relieved by others (which helped a lot). All was good in the land.
It came to pass that SNOWDOWN became well known, even beyond the borders of the Land.
SNOWDOWN then became a non-profit corporation.