Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Spectators mingle with hot air balloons at the Alabama Jubilee circa 1990 while balloonists inflate their craft for the evening activities.

Coordinates: 34°34′26″N 86°56′16″W / 34.57389°N 86.93778°W / 34.57389; -86.93778 The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is held annually on Memorial Day weekend in Decatur, Alabama. Each year the Jubilee hosts about 60 local and national hot-air balloons at Point Mallard Park.

Public admission is free of charge, and the weekend boasts many fun and exciting activities. Below a partial listing of events that are part of each year's Jubilee:[1]

  • Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Antique Tractor Show
  • Classic Car Show
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Live Stage Entertainment
  • Children’s Area
  • Food and Merchandise Vendors

The Alabama Jubilee is unique in that it allows for the crowd of around 50,000 to mingle with pilots and crews, while 7-story tall balloons inflate and float overhead. The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic consists of three different balloon events:[2]

  • A Hare & Hound Race
  • A Balloon Glow
  • A Circumnavigational Task
  • Tethered Balloon Rides

History[edit]

Hot air balloons inflating at the 2005 Alabama Jubilee

The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic, one of the oldest hot-air balloon races in the mid-South, started in Decatur, AL in 1978 with competition among 17 balloonists from Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. It was a showcase for the new Decatur balloon, one of the first to represent a city, and an event to kick off Alabama's tourism season. The Jubilee now draws about 60 pilots from 20 states for two days of friendly competition during the annual Memorial Day holiday weekend.

"The Ballooning Capital of Alabama"[edit]

The continued popularity of the Alabama Jubilee prompted the Alabama Legislature to designate the City of Decatur as the “Ballooning Capital of Alabama.”

The Jubilee has been named a Top 20 Tourism Event in the Southeast for May by the Atlanta-based Southeast Tourism Society.

Location[edit]

The Alabama Jubilee is held on the grounds of Point Mallard Park, a municipal recreation complex that offers a 35-acre (140,000 m2) water park featuring “America’s First Wave Pool,” (at the Point Mallard Aquatic Center), tennis courts, ball fields, hiking trails, campground, 18-hole championship golf course, indoor ice skating rink and recreation center.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic". Alabama Jubilee. 2009. 
  2. ^ "Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon and Music Festival". Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2009.