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Balloon and music festival set for return in July
SCORES of hot air balloons will fill Tiverton's skies when the annual Balloon and Music Festival takes place later this year.
Dates for the popular event have been announced with organisers hoping it takes off in style on July 12 to 14.
Last year's festival saw more than 8,000 people and this year is expected to be bigger than ever and sees balloons of all shapes, colours and sizes descend and ascend over the course of the weekend.
As darkness falls on Friday and Saturday, the skies will come alive with the Night Glow Fire and Light Show. Balloonists will light their burners, inflate their balloons and transform them into giant light bulbs which will light up the night in a dazzling display of colours, in time with music.
The spectacular festival has raised £16,000 over the last two years and will take place on the combined Petroc/Tiverton High School Campus and its organisers are expecting an even bigger and better turn out in support of two valued local charities, Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Children's Hospice South West plus a number of local clubs and organisations.
This year's festival will see a Taste of the West marquee dedicated to showcasing local food and drink and for the little ones, the outdoor 'Kids Zone' is sure to entertain for hours.
Tickets go on sale in early March, available on www.tivertonballoonfestival.co.uk and you want to be involved call organisers on 01404-823735.