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Tue November 6, 2012
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta attendance declines
Officials say attendance at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta fell from last year.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta organizers announced Monday that estimated attendance at this year's nine-day event last month was more than 714,000. Officials say the number is down slightly from 2011's estimated 737,466 visits.
Organizers blamed the declined on poor weather which forced the cancellation of some events that historically have been the most attended.
Officials say the event attracted balloons from 19 countries.