Bloomfield — The San Juan River Balloon Rally in Bloomfield cancelled its balloon glow Saturday evening.

"This is the first time we've ever had to cancel in six years," said Janet Mackey, president of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.

Shortly after the scheduled 7 p.m. start, the pilots announced that they would not be setting up their balloons for the balloon glow because of the chance of thunderstorms.

Don Edwards, a pilot from Albuquerque, said he had a nice flight in the morning and hadn't expected the balloon glow to be canceled. However, when the weather turned sour, he wasn't surprised.

"Afternoons in New Mexico at this time of year, you never know," Edwards said.

Graham Bell, a pilot from Malvern, England, came to Bloomfield for the rally. Despite the cancellation of the balloon glow, Bell said he plans on returning next year.

"We've had two great flights," Bell said. "The people here really look out for us."

Other parts of the balloon glow, including the vendors and face painting, continued despite the inclement weather. The pilots plan on being up in the air for one flight at 7 a.m. today.

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