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National Balloon Championships

31 Aug 2017 Professionals Avon Valley 0 Comment

National Balloon Championships

What I love about writing our articles is that I get to learn more about our community. Northam is such an amazing place! On the 2nd September 2017, Northam will be hosting the National Ballooning Championships.

Northam has come alive with local shops in town showing us their gorgeous window displays including Northam Craft Centre, Northam Florist and Cadds Fashion Surf just to name a few.

So what does the National Balloon Championship mean and what do they do?

Good question! Between the 2nd – 9th September the best pilots from around the world come together in Australia to compete for a place in the World Championships that will be held in Austria in 2018.

The pilots are given many targets and goals that will be set every day at 5.30am. Their knowledge and many hours of practice will put them to the test.

Hot air balloons are hard to predict as to where they will go and as the weather changes constantly, it will change more every day. This is the beauty of the competition because it comes down to skill, accuracy and what they have gained with their own experience and knowledge.

Want to see the balloons? The balloons will be around Northam in various spots between 6.30am – 9.00am and as long as weather is going on the pilot’s side, they will start to land around 3.30pm – 5.30pm.

This is just one of the amazing things Northam host – it’s such a good community to be a part of.

To celebrate, Northam will be hosting the Northam Balloon Fiesta on Henry Street Oval, Northam. The Fiesta will commence at 4.00pm until 8.00pm. Supported by Lotterywest, the evening will include Live Stage Show from Darren Reid & the Soul City Groove and ANOTHER FINE MESS
Balloon Discovery Zone operated by the Wheatbelt Science Hub, Carnival Rides, Sideshow alley, Game Vault, Show Bags, Markets, Food & Drinks and finishing the evening with a Grand Balloon Glow & Fireworks Finale at 7.30pm.

For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/northamnationals Facebook page or the visitors centre are able to assist.

Photo courtesy of Karen Morgan

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