THREE-SIXTY BLOOM

CRAN­BROOK THIS SATUR­DAY

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Shannon Smith

Peo­ple in the Great South­ern will be able to take to the sky and see the beauty of na­ture’s meta­mor­pho­sis from win­ter to spring from above this Satur­day.

Dur­ing the an­nual Great South­ern Bloom Fes­ti­val in Cranbrook, which opens this year with the event Three-Sixty Bloom on September 22, the re­gion’s wild­flow­ers and landscapes will shine more brightly than ever.

Three-Sixty Bloom is an aerial-themed event which will, weather per­mit­ting, in­clude a num­ber of hot air bal­loons and aero­planes fly­ing high to show the sea­sonal change from above.

It will also fea­ture the first fire­works dis­play over the town.

The Shire of Cranbrook stages the fes­ti­val over a four-week pe­riod to en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to get out­doors and en­joy spring.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Northover said the Shire was plan­ning a mas­sive fes­ti­val.

“The event is be­ing held on the first day of the school hol­i­days and we are hop­ing to get not only lo­cals and fam­i­lies of the Great South­ern to at­tend, but also those trav­ellers and tourists who will be mak­ing the most of the hol­i­days and head­ing into the re­gion,” he said.

“Hot air bal­loons are not some­thing that you see in the Great South­ern, so we thought it would be great to bring in some­thing new and dif­fer­ent to the event.

“We have also ap­proached pi­lots from around the Shire to bring their planes in to dis­play, with a lot of them who have in­di­cated they are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing hav­ing home and cus­tom-built air­craft.”

The Shire is also ex­pect­ing a vol­ume of var­i­ous-sized air­craft to be fly­ing in from around the South West into the airstrip on the day.

Hot air bal­loons, air­craft dis­plays, aerial ac­ro­bat­ics, food trucks, kitemak­ing and wine tast­ing are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties due to take place dur­ing Three-Sixty Bloom.

Hot air bal­loons are not some­thing that you see in the Great South­ern, so we thought it would be great to bring in some­thing new and dif­fer­ent to the event. Peter Northover

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Shire of Cranbrook chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Northover and com­mu­nity ex­ec­u­tive sup­port of­fi­cer Sa­man­tha O'Neill.

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