Arrivals & Departures Up, up and away: Balloon championships take off in the Avon Valley

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Come early September, the skies above Northam will be filled with colourful hot air balloons.

From September 2-9, 30 hot air balloons will float above the Avon Valley as international, interstate and local hot air balloon pilots test their skills as part of the National Ballooning Championships.

Will the winner be the ladybug balloon? The soccer ball? Perhaps Russia’s colourful pixelated balloon, or defending champion Matt Scaife's balloon Felix?

Visitors will be able to catch sight of the balloons each day from dawn until about 9am and again in the afternoon, weather conditions permitting.

The first day of the championships will see the Northam Balloon Fiesta from 4pm and, after dark, the sight of the Balloon Glow at the Henry Street Oval.

The free fiesta will include a live stage show, balloon discovery zone, carnival rides, game zone, markets, showbags, food and drinks. The balloons will fire up with musical accompaniment around 7.30pm, with a fireworks finale.

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