Balloons to light up night sky

by Kent Caddick

Hot air balloons are set to light up the night sky over Hororata as part of a new community event being organised by the founders of the highly successful annual Hororata Highland Games.

To be held in April the Hororata Night Glow event, organised by the Hororata Community Trust, will be a spectacular festival: with hot air balloons lighting up the night sky, music, the best food and wine the Selwyn district has on offer, crafts stalls and heaps of family entertainment.

“The Hororata Night Glow has already captured people’s imagination with more than 12,000 following the festival on Facebook,” Hororata Community Trust executive officer, Cindy Driscoll said.

“Hot air balloons have a certain magic that intrigues young and old, to see them ‘glowing’ in unison to music is a rare and exciting opportunity.

“While the balloons are the headline act of the Hororata Night Glow, the autumn festival surrounding their performance will offer a whole range of entertainment, making this a great afternoon out.” 

There will be musical entertainment including: Holly Kimber, Volts and The Easy Hearts.

Inflatable mini golf and springfree trampolines will both be free for children to play on, while archery and other activities are planned.

“Food is going to be a big focus of the Hororata Night Glow,” Ms Driscoll said.

“We will have a huge range of street food on offer. We are also working with the Selwyn District Council to have the ‘Sensational Selwyn Food and Wine trail’ at the event, where people can sample the best our district has to offer.”

The Hororata Night Glow will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Hororata Domain, from 3pm to 8.30pm.