The balloons will still take flight, but the annual Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic that regularly draws in over 30,000 people will sadly look a little different this year.
Because of COVID-19 and the state’s public health order, organizers had to make the following changes:
- No events at Point Mallard Park
- No car show
- No arts and crafts
- No vendors or crowds of any kind
However, event organizers still wanted to do something special to inspire a little hope as well as honor the country’s fallen soldiers.
So pilots from the Decatur area will take flight on Saturday, May 23, for two scheduled flights – one around 6 am and another around 5 pm.
The pilots will loosely gather for a weather briefing then take flight above Decatur and Morgan County. And in case of bad weather, Sunday, May 24, has been designated as a backup.
You’re encouraged to look up and see if you can spot the balloons, but the organizers are asking not to gather in a crowd.
Their main goal is to keep everyone safe so that, in 2021, the Jubilee can come back bigger and better than ever!