Entertainment, naming rights sponsor announced for Balloon Challenge

Entertainment, naming rights sponsor announced for Balloon Challenge

It's been a big week for the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge with the headline entertainment announced and a naming rights sponsor coming on board.

Committee Vice President, Adam Barrow, said it was fantastic to have Supagas powering the balloons again.

"We can't run the event without LPG, we use around 30,000 litres of LPG over the week, so these guys are critical to the success of our event," he said.

"So we are really stoked to be able to announce that."

He said it was also thrilling to announce Cabonne Council as the major sponsor for the 2021 Balloon Glow and Jayne Denham as the headline act.

"We had her lined up for last year, COVID then shut down the event, but she's been fantastic and is coming back with her band," he said.

"She is a triple Golden Guitar nominee, she's played all the big country shows like CMC Rocks in the States and she has a new album that's coming out the week after the Canowindra event.

"So it's a great chance to get some sneak previews of those songs, a few of her current songs are in the top five on the country charts.

"So she's doing really well and we are really happy to have her, it's super exciting."

Mr Barrow said there would also be plenty of local talent on offer as well as an option for those who prefer other genres of music.

"They've (Cabonne Council) been really supportive of us having local talent," he said.

"So we've got a couple of the local kids' dance troupes to kick the day off, then we've got a young band from Cranberry just north of Canowindra, 'Cranberry Jam'.

"They're doing their second ever gig and then a few other local artists.

"For those who don't enjoy country music, our other major sponsor for the event the Services Club, they've got a separate event straight after the Cabonne Glow with one of Australia's best ACDC cover bands 'Thunderstruck'.

"They are amazing, they look and sound like the real thing, so people can take their pick of the entertainment."

With tickets capped at 2000 for this year's event, he said time was running out for people to secure their place.

"We are nearly at 70 per cent of those tickets sold, which is brilliant and we are stoked with that," Mr Barrow said.

"We've only got 2000 tickets up for sale due to COVID restrictions, that may change, I'm hopeful it will change but who knows what will happen.

"Obviously this year everything has to be ticketed, due to COVID we need to do tracking, record names and postcodes all that sort of thing. But it's just great to be running an event.

"I think everyone is desperate to get out and see something, see new artists and to have a bit of energy back about the community and the Central West."

Mr Barrow is also the event's Balloon Director and said the Supagas Challenge was shaping up to be the biggest balloon event in the country.

"We have 32 balloons registered at the moment, which is a pretty good effort, we are really happy with that," he said.

"Given it's a non-international year with COVID stopping our internationals coming, 32 is a great number.

"I think we might even scrape one or two more in, people often wait to the last minute just to see what their holiday's are like.

"We are out of school holidays this year, which has taken a few of our regulars out, so anything above 30 we are absolutely thrilled with.

"That will make it the biggest balloon event in the country this year, which is fantastic, maintaining our place as the biggest balloon event."