Organizers of a hot air balloon festival in Exeter say weather conditions prevented them from flying yesterday – but promised a spectacular take-off on Sunday. Thousands of people attended the first day of the new Exeter Balloons and Tunes festival at Powderham Castle on Saturday.
The two-day event featured 12-15 balloons, live music, craft stalls and fun family activities. Organizers admitted there were some start-up issues on day one, but said that was to be expected for a new event. Although the sky was clear and the temperature warm, the wind was blowing in the wrong direction. They hope for better conditions today.
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In a Facebook post, the organizers said: “Hey guys unfortunately the wind is blowing towards the coast we tested a flying balloon which is a 2 x European champion after the test flight we have Had to cancel the flight but the night glow is still taking place at 9.10am.
“Speaking to the hot air balloon team, the weather looks like perfect flying conditions tomorrow! We apologize for any inconvenience caused today!” The night glow event saw the anchored balloons line up on the ground as the pilots turned on the burners to keep the balloons inflated with hot air.
The organizers added: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who stayed with us, we understand the balloons were a little late but there is a weather dependent event. Moving the launch and the tie, we might get more balloons! As a first time there was a teething issue, we understand that, we thank you all and hope to welcome you all tomorrow.”
The ticketing event will continue at Powderham Castle on Sunday and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Today’s lineup includes tribute acts to Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Dua Lipa, Britney Spears and Michael Buble. Street vendors will be offering roast pork, burgers, donuts, Greek food, churros, wraps, pizzas and noodles.
Tickets must be purchased in advance as the event is expected to be sold out. Tickets cost £10 for an adult (over 16) and £8 for a child. They can be bought here.
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