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Lift Off Levin 2008

Kete Horowhenua2019-10-21T01:13:47+00:00
Levin's Annual Balloon Festival is being held at Easter 2008.
DateThursday 20th March - Monday 24th March 2008
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Please help document this wonderful festival by uploading your photographs against the appropriate day:

Click here to view Trevor Heath's collection of the Balloon Fiesta photographs.

Thursday 20 MarchLift off from St Josephs School by Trevor Heath 2008

Late afternoon - 5pm: INFLATION AND FLIGHTS – Village Green behind Memorial Hall .

Jonty Hall hanging by Trevor Heath 2008

Friday 21 March (Good Friday)

Morning – 7.00am: MASS ASCENSION – New World Carpark, Levin Mall Carpark, Village Green.
Late afternoon – 5pm: VARIOUS FLYING SITES AROUND LEVIN - as the weather depicts – listen to MORE FM.

Saturday 22 March

(optional day for Mass Ascension if Friday is bad weather)

Morning – 7am: BUMP THE BLIMP – taking off from sites so balloons head for Lake Horowhenua. A helium filled weather balloon on a 50m tether – attached will be small balloons for retrieving as they fly by. Scored by colour and highest number decides winner.

Early afternoon to dusk – BALLOON NIGHT GLOW – Horowhenua Events Showgrounds, Victoria Street Gates open 3pm (Adults $8, Kids $5, Families $20 (2 adults + up to 4 kids) Balloon glow will commence at dusk, including balloons with light effects to music – people need to be there by 6pm, Includes food and craft stalls, displays of gliders, hotrods, bikes, cars, various attractions, and music – a great family event. There will also be remote control aircraft displays at Donnelly Park in the afternoon.Night Glow by Trevor Heath 2008

Sunday 23 March (Easter Sunday)Chasing : The Hare and Hound Race by Phillip Williams

Morning – 7am: KEY GRAB – Donnelly Park, Collingwood/Grenville Sts . Balloonists launch from about 3kms away and fly to a target set up at the Park.

Monday 24 March

Morning – 7am: FLY TO THE LINE – Donnelly Park – Balloonists try to land as close to the marker as possible.


All events weather dependent – listen to MORE FM and/or check STATE INSURANCE windows on the corner of Oxford and Bath Sts, Levin, for updates.

Contact: Nick Spark 027 485 3632