Get ready for the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic May 27-28, 2023,
The Alabama Jubilee Balloon Festival is an annual event that takes place at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. The festival has been celebrated since 1978 and is one of the oldest hot air balloon festivals in the United States. It is a two-day event that attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country, featuring hot air balloon races, live music, food vendors, and various other activities.
The festival was first organized by a group of hot air balloon enthusiasts who wanted to bring the joy and excitement of hot air ballooning to the people of Alabama. Initially, the festival was a small gathering of balloonists who would fly their balloons over the Decatur area. Over the years, the festival has grown in popularity, and today it is one of the biggest events in the region.
During the festival, Point Mallard Park is transformed into a bustling hub of activity. Hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes fill the sky, and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities both in the air and on the ground. The festival’s main stage hosts live music performances, and there are plenty of food vendors selling everything from funnel cakes to barbecue.
One of the most exciting things to do is walk around between the balloons while crews are airing up.
The festival’s highlight is the hot air balloon race, which features dozens of colorful balloons taking off and racing through the skies. Spectators can watch the balloons from the ground or take a ride in one of the balloons themselves. There is nothing like watching and hearing the explosion of fire as they begin to air balloons up.Visitors can purchase tickets for a tethered ride, which allows them to go up in a balloon that is anchored to the ground. This is a great way to experience the thrill of being up in the air without having to travel too far.
Point Mallard Park is the perfect venue for the Alabama Jubilee Balloon Festival. The park spans over 750 acres and is situated along the banks of the Tennessee River. It is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, and it is home to several attractions, including a water park, golf course, and campground. The park’s natural beauty and spacious grounds provide plenty of room for balloonists to take off and land safely, and there are plenty of amenities for visitors to enjoy.
The Alabama Jubilee Balloon Festival is a unique and exciting event that celebrates the beauty and excitement of hot air ballooning. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a seasoned veteran of the festival, the combination of hot air balloons, live music, and delicious food at Point Mallard Park is sure to impress.