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3rd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2011

Hot air balloons will once again dot the sky over Putrajaya as the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will take place for its third year from 17th-20th MAR 2011. More than 20 balloonists from 13 countries, including USA, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, Thailand and of course, Malaysia will be featured in this year’s event. First-time participants from India, Vietnam and Hong Kong will also join the festival.

The hot air balloons will take off twice a day, from 7AM to 9AM and from 5:30PM to 7PM, at a height of not more than 304.8m and within 5km radius of the event site. While the hot air balloon flights would not be opened to the public, five hot air balloons rented by the Putrajaya Corporation would be available for tethered rides at RM10 per adult and RM5 per child, from 8AM to 11AM and from 6PM to 9PM.

On the night of 19th MAR 2011, there would be a nightglow display of the hot air balloons which occurs after sunset, where the balloons will look like huge light bulbs, and followed by a fireworks display. This is also the highlight of this year’s event. Other activities include helicopter rides, water ball or sphere rides, lake cruise, wall-climbing, paintball and archery. For children, there would be colouring and paper aeroplane contests. The four-day event will also showcase other flying events featuring paramotor, remote control planes or helicopters, aero models, and professional kite flying.

This year, the festival is expected to see an increase in the number of attendees compared to years past. The inaugural and second fiestas, which were held in MAR 2009 and 2010, were estimated to have attracted 150,000 and 250,000 spectators respectively.

Please head on to HERE or by calling at 603-7981 8769/8712 for more details. You may also join the fiesta’s Facebook page or follow at Twitter.


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