Last year’s spectacular show attracted a large crowd. Photo: Murray Irwin Media

The balloon goes up

by Mike Isle

Hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes, glowing to the beat of the music in a choreographed performance has a magical feeling, which delights young and old. So, could this year’s Hororata Night Glow add more wow factor to the festival?

Yes, say organisers.

After the balloons have performed, visitors to Hororata can this year turn their eyes skyward for a spectacular fireworks show.

“We are expecting a large number of visitors to the festival so finding entertainment, which complements the balloons and can be enjoyed by the whole crowd was a high priority for the committee. Fireworks felt like a natural way to end what is sure to be another amazing autumn evening at the Hororata Night Glow,” said Hororata Community Trust executive officer, Cindy Driscoll.

The Hororata Night Glow celebrates all things hot air balloons. Leading up to the ‘Glow’ visitors can walk through a cold inflated balloon or meet the pilots and experience the burners firing up close.

“Surrounding the balloon action visitors will enjoy an autumn festival with gourmet food, wine and craft beer tastings, live music from Chilton House and The Sound Sensation. There will be a huge range of food vendors offering a multicultural culinary experience. Kids can join in the Glow Circus learning how to juggle and have a go at other amazing acts for free.

The fairground will have even more activities this year with something for all ages,” said Driscoll.

“Visitors commented last year about how much more the festival offered than they had expected. It is worth getting to the event early to experience all it has to offer.”

The Hororata Night Glow is a community event staged by the Hororata Community Trust. It brings many benefits, primarily raising the profile of this dynamic rural community. There are a number of large-scale projects in the pipeline for this district, including the proposed new Hororata Community Centre which this event will benefit.

The Hororata Night Glow will be held Saturday, May 18 2019 at the Hororata Domain, 3pm–8.30pm. Postponement date is Sunday, May 19.

Discounted tickets will be sold online from today. More information can be found at or Facebook.