Mudgee Hot Air Ballooning Festival will take to the skies

It's just over a week away until the inaugural Mudgee Hot Air Ballooning Festival takes to the skies over the town.

The event is being hosted by Balloon Aloft Australia, who also run flights over Mudgee.

It is expected to attract people from across western NSW to watch the Australian Hot Air Ballooning National Championships which will also see pilots from around the country compete in a five day flying competition.

The festival will commence on May 25 with the Mudgee Night Glow at Glen Willow Stadium where hot air balloons will light up their burners at night and all set to music.

Balloon Aloft marketing manager Michelle Wills said they expect to see approximately 5000 people attend the launch night on the Saturday.

"That will be a wonderful event, showcasing local food and wine and market stalls with hand made crafts on sale as well as children's entertainment..," she explained.

"There will be lots to keep people entertained but during the night itself we'll have a number of special shaped balloons on display..."

The Mudgee Night Glow launch night will finish with a fireworks display, which Ms Wills said should be a "fantastic experience."

The following day will see with pilots flying their balloons to into Blue Wren Wines to grab a key from a flagpole in order to win a major prize as part of the Balloon and Bubbles at Blue Wren event.

The Sunday event will also include market stalls and live entertainment.

"It should be a great morning and a great event. And it really kicks off the national championships," Ms Wills said.

After that the community can keep an eye on the skies as the pilots fly over Mudgee and surrounding towns for the competition.

"It's a real spectacle seeing that many balloons up flying together and competing," Ms Wills added.

Just recently the region celebrated hot air balloons when the Canowindra International Balloon Festival was held over Easter.

"I think they're just so breathtaking especially up close. They just provide such amazing photographic opportunities as well," Ms Wills said when asked why she thought these events were so popular.

"It's just thrilling to see that spectacle."

Ms Wills said it is fantastic to be able to bring many economical benefits to the community.

"We're really excited to be bringing this event which we know that people of the central west haven't seen before and we know there's a real buzz, people are looking forward to it and it is bringing also people form outside the area to Mudgee," she said.

"Just from our own booking system we can see there are people from Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast have already booked tickets... and will be visiting local wineries and restaurants while they're there for the festival."