The Balloons over Waikato returned to Waipā after a Covid enforced absence to enthral hundreds in Te Awamutu’s Albert Park Friday 19.
A five day event culminated in what has become a traditional fireworks display at the University of Waikato.
The balloons have been a regular for many years on the Waikato calendar and have previously visited Cambridge, but this was their first such venture to Te Awamutu.
The Waipā District Council recorded the event as a big success.
Aside from the balloon show and the chance to walk inside one, there was dancing to the live music, food stalls, face painting and the amusement rides. Goodwood School, Fencourt, celebrated winning a competition for a balloon visit.
Members of the Te Awamtu Camera Club were on hand to snap shots for the News.