This annual event has the sanction of the Australian Ballooning Federation and hence the creditability to provide a much needed international standard competition to assist Australia's top pilots to hone their skills or newer pilots to learn from their more experienced counterparts.
Prior to the Balloon Challenge, Marti's Fiesta, one of the largest ballooning festivals in Australia used to take place here.
The Canowindra Balloon Challenge began in 2010, once again bringing together a contingent of balloonist enthusiasts for a week long event of ballooning competitions and skill based activities.
The Canowindra Challenge coincides with food and wine events during April each year -
the Canowindra 100 Mile Dinner in the main street and Orange Food Week.
A spectacular event that the whole family will enjoy.

4.30pm - the fantastic family friendly Night Market starts of a perfect family night out.
A huge range of food and wine showing off the best Canowindra has to offer.  Music by local musicians

7pm the 'Balloon Glow' gets underway.
A parade of 15 balloonists on their trailers circle the grounds and with burners at full blast.
Balloonists and their crews display their skills and quickly inflate the balloons. The 15 balloons are inflated but tethered in a semi circle to ensure the spectators get a great view.
When these huge brightly coloured balloons are inflated and lit from inside they light up the sky and put on a magnificent display unique to hot air balloons.
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A small entry fee of $10 per family or $5 per adult applies to the grounds for the Balloon Glow, Night Market and Rugby game.
Tickets will be available at the gate
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Whilst visiting take some short drives (30 mins & less) from Canowindra and you'll find yourself in some of the following places -
Gooloogong, Eugowra, Forbes, Parkes, Cudal
a little further and you'll reach - Manildra, Borenore, Orange, Cowra, Grenfell
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CANOWINDRA BALLOON CHALLENGE 2014
Tuesday 22nd - Sunday 27th April 2014:
Balloon Glow & Night Market
Saturday 26th April 2014
Canowindra Sports Complex - Rodd Street
Note:  Weather permitting the Balloon Glow will be held in the sports-ground on Saturday 20th.

The serious competition gets underway on Sunday 21st.
Visit the Canowindra Balloon Challenge website for competition and entry details.
Event Hotline 1300 908 825
Aussie BalloonTrek will be offering 30 minute Hot Air Balloon Flights for $160.00 per person + optional $20.00 each for champagne barbecued breakfast.

6.30am - 7.00 am start depending on conditions
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