Next date still up for debate after first King Valley Balloon Festival

The inaugural King Valley Balloon Festival looks likely to return next year after a strong response from visitors.

Brown Brothers visitor manager Paige Schweizer said the dawn flights attracted hundreds of spectators, with the final event due to take place early this morning.

Mrs Schweizer said Saturday’s night glow spectacle, featuring 12 balloons watched by a capacity crowd of 3000, encountered some teething problems.

“It was bigger than we initially anticipated when we started planning the event, so we were probably chasing our tails a little bit,” she said.

“It was a challenge for everyone involved, I think, but it was a really friendly atmosphere.”

Mrs Schweizer said the overall positive response to the festival made it likely to be repeated in 2019, although a date hadn’t been set.

“It’s a debate between weather, as we’ve experienced in the last week, versus an event overload; there are so many amazing things that happen in north east Victoria earlier in the season, in the autumn,” she said.

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