Funding helps add an extra night to the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge | Keeper Cowra

An extra night has been added to this year’s Canowindra International Balloon Challenge.

Deputy Premier and Regional NSW Minister Paul Toole said the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge is building on the success of its 2021 event to host an expanded festival from April 2 to April 10, 2022.

“This is an event like no other, with mass balloon launches to entertain the crowds throughout the day and the Cabonne Community Balloon Glow event, with market stalls, live music and a special choreographed balloon show,” Mr. Toole said.

“Supporting big ticket events like this in the NSW region is what gets our economy going and back into high gear, and I can’t wait to see the benefits this festival will bring to communities not just in the center-west, but throughout the region.”

Mr Toole said the economic benefits of the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge cannot be underestimated.

“In 2021, this festival drew nearly 8,000 people, which is a major feat for a small town of 2,000 people. Hosting events like this encourages visitors to stay and spend in the shops , local bars and restaurants,” Toole said.

Canowindra International Balloon Challenge chairman Andrew Pull said the funding will allow the festival to continue to welcome thousands of participants and encourage visitors to stay an extra night by helping to expand the event’s schedule.

“Funding from the Regional Events Accelerator Fund helped us secure an additional evening of entertainment, with multi-artist programming including one track,” Mr. Pull said.

Funding for the additional entertainment comes from the $40 million Regional Events Accelerator Fund, part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support the growth of regional hubs, activate local economies and improve community services and infrastructure for regional communities.

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