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The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic will look different this year.

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!

Follow the Jubilee’s Facebook page or visit them at their website for more information.


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