Pristine weather conditions in the last couple of days have seen balloons take to the sky over Canowindra for the town’s International Balloon Challenge.
The forecast looks set to be fine in the lead up to Saturday night’s Balloon Glow at Canowindra Sports Oval, with thousands expected to make their way to the village to check out the competition and for the night markets.
Earlier this week it was all business for pilots competing in this year’s International Balloon Challenge, with organisers setting a series of tasks.
Pilots were required to drop markers at a target near the intersection of the Cargo Road and Canowindra Road, a target at Canowindra Oval and then enter an electronic marker with a logger at provided GPS coordinates.
For Canowindra product Adam Barrow the competition was especially thrilling, launching first from the field in a balloon he made at his home in Melbourne.
“It’s so important. It brings so many tourists to town. You need these events to bring people to town,” Mr Barrow said.
“The benefit for me also is that my mum’s here and my family all gets together.”
Tickets for the Balloon Glow and the markets are available at the gate or at canowindrachallenge.org.au.