The Canowindra Balloon Challenge is one of the highest profile tourism events in the Cabonne council area and now it has been recognised in the Cabonne Daroo Business Awards.
Canowindra Challenge Inc. secretary Jan Kerr said the organisers were delighted to win their first excellence in tourism business award when the prizes were handed out in Eugowra on Friday night.
Mrs Kerr said the event had won other categories before but this was the first time it had claimed the tourism award since the Challenge started eight years ago.
“We are thrilled so many people value our Canowindra Balloon Challenge,” she said.
Mrs Kerr said the event brought $1.3-1.5 million into the region every year.
Canowindra’s other major tourist attraction, the Age of Fishes Museum, was highly commended in the tourism category and won for fostering disability inclusion.
The balloon tourism event is also a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards which will be announced later this month.
Other award winners included the Canowindra Phoenix claiming the best business award, Aussie Fire Buckets won the best new business award, Andrew Harper of SPAR supermarket won employee of the year, Jesse Fulwood of the Molong Early Learning Centre won apprentice of the year while Canowindra Preschool Kindergarten won the best ongoing business award.
Awards chairman Bruce Buchanan said business in Cabonne had improved over the past 19 years.
“It has been such an honour to watch the business community of Cabonne grow, deal with floods, drought, good times and bad,” Mr Buchanan said.
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