2018 Canowindra Balloon Challenge begins Saturday

Kermie the frog will make his Canowindra debut this year and will be one of the unique special shaped balloons on display.
Kermie the frog will make his Canowindra debut this year and will be one of the unique special shaped balloons on display.

The 2018 Canowindra Balloon Challenge and Glow will be kicking off this Saturday April 21 and will see the skies around Canowindra filled with a spectacular display of colour and skill.

The official competition between pilots will begin on Monday, April 23 and continue to Friday, April 27 culminating in the Key Grab and Balloon Glow on Saturday, April 28.

Challenge and Glow organisers Jan and Graham Kerr said they were looking forward to this year’s competition.

“We’ll have a lot more balloons in the glow this year, we have 36 balloon pilots registered,” they said.

“The competition will be really strong this year too, competing we’ll have the world champion, the women’s world champion, the Australian champion and the French champion.

“This year we’ll see a number of changes to the event, including the move from the sports grounds to the showground. It was a decision made because of the growing popularity of the event and the growing crowds”.