Big crowd for Glow

by Mike Isle photos by Kallum Harris Photography

A far larger crowd than expected attended the Hororata Night Glow on Saturday at the Hororata Domain.

Hororata Community Trust chair Richard Lang said he was “absolutely blown away” by the 14,000 crowd. “It was way beyond what we anticipated in just the second year of the trust running the event,” he said.

Unfortunately for the crowd and organisers, windy conditions stopped the balloonists inflating their balloons, but they still put on a great show said photographer Kallum Harris. “The event ran very smoothly, even if the weather didn’t play its part.”

A big attraction was the cold inflated balloon walk through with most of the crowd taking the opportunity to see what it was like inside a balloon.

However, it was not the only attraction, according to Richard Lang: “The festival was amazing with a really fun and happy atmosphere. People of all ages enjoyed the many activities throughout the afternoon including the Glow Circus, University of Canterbury Science demonstrations, food and wine tasting, live music and a huge range of fairground fun.

“Hororata is a small community, which punches well above its weight in staging big events. The Hororata Night Glow is an amazing platform to showcase the district. The event would not have been possible without Ballooning Canterbury, the visiting balloonists, volunteers, stallholders, suppliers and our many partners and spectators. They all worked so hard to do everything they could to deliver a memorable and enjoyable festival,” Lang said.

Eight community groups ran successful fundraising stalls at the event.

Funds raised from the event goes back into the community.