Decatur, Ala., April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – More than 50 beautiful big balloons will fill the skies above Decatur, Ala., On the last weekend of May during the annual Jubilee Balloon Classic Alabama. Northern Alabama’s must-see event takes place May 29-30, 2021 at Point Mallard Park and features hot air balloons, live music, balloon glow, vintage cars and tractors, motorcycles, crafts, fireworks, other fun families with activities on the ground and in the air.
The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic has become a Memorial Day weekend tradition for many families for 44 years. The celebration begins early on Saturday, May 29, at 6:15 a.m., with the dog-and-hare hot air balloon race: one balloon flies off the Jubilee grounds and the others try to follow to see which pilot can get closer to a seated target. by the hare balloon.
Saturday activities include a vintage and classic car show from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the ice complex and the popular Decatur Art Guild arts and crafts show from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the pavilion. The Sons of Liberty Bike Show will be held next Saturday next to the TC Almon Recreation Center with registration from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The Southland Flywheelers will host an antique tractor show, featuring some of the best restored and maintained tractors in the Southeast, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A tractor parade will follow at 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m. there will be tractor games and a pedal tractor park will be open for children 6 and under. An afternoon hot air balloon flight is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. and at 8:15 p.m. Balloon Glow is a must-see as towering balloons of all colors light up Point Mallard Park.
Another round of friendly competition between hot air balloon pilots is scheduled for Sunday, May 30 with the Lynn Layton Chevrolet Key Grab. Balloons are expected to start flying in Jubilee Field from around 7 a.m. The Decatur Art Guild Arts and Crafts Fair reopens from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., providing festival-goers with ample time to shop for handmade items between balloon activities. Another fun flight is expected to be launched around 6:30 p.m.
Groups will perform on stage both days at 7 p.m. and the two-day event will conclude with the Alabama Jubilee Fireworks Show at 9:30 p.m.
Admission to the Alabama Jubilee is free. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Please note that all hot air balloon activities are possible weather permitting. Balloons will not fly, attach or glow in the rain or if the wind on the ground is stronger than about 8 mph or if there are thunderstorms nearby. During the Alabama Jubilee, Point Mallard Park is a “drone-free zone” under FAA regulations. Blankets and garden chairs are encouraged. For safety reasons, animals are strongly discouraged due to the loud noise caused by the balloons and the large number of people present.
All activities take place inside Point Mallard Park, a 750-acre municipal park offering year-round recreational facilities in Decatur, Ala. For more information and a calendar of events, please visit www.alabamajubilee.net.
About Decatur Morgan County Tourism
Decatur Morgan County Tourism is a non-profit organization that promotes tourism and economic growth in Morgan County. Travel-related spending for Morgan County in 2019 topped $ 278 million and lodging taxes collected reached nearly $ 1.4 million, a 10.3% increase from 2018. The tourism and travel industry within Decatur and Morgan County provided 2,993 direct and indirect jobs to local residents, and total travel-related income topped $ 74 million. For more information on special events and attractions in Decatur and Morgan County, call 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit www.decaturcvb.org.