Experience Tradition at the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

The Jackson Hot Air Jubilee is happening this weekend, July 19 – 21, where hot air balloons will fill the sky during both a morning and evening launch each day. Today, Rebecca Calkins of Experience Jackson fills us in on what event goers can expect this year.

A passion for ballooning is a tradition that is often passed down from generation to generation. Balloonist Tyler Jaques has been flying the Sugar Bear hot air balloon for six years, but he grew up immersed in the ballooning community.  One large part of this upbringing has been the tradition of the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee.

In it’s 30th year, this tradition is better than ever this summer. This Jackson institution is a favorite of residents and visitors alike. Festival goers faithfully gather around the launch field each day for both a morning and evening launch. Watching the brightly colored balloons fill with 105,000 cubic feet of air and lift off into the sky is an awe-inspiring sight for the whole family. All sizes, shapes and colors of balloons can be seen filling the blue skies of Jackson each July.

Although the festival has been held in many different locations around Jackson throughout the years, it has finally found its home at Ella Sharp Park. This picturesque 500-acre park lends this event a unique spot to enjoy the beauty of over 20 hot air balloons taking flight. Once the balloons are in flight, however, there are plenty of activities for the family to enjoy on the ground. Kid’s Kingdom crafts, carnival rides, live entertainment, an arts & crafts marketplace and an auto show offer a variety of entertainment choices sure to interest all ages. Being at the park also provides attendees with the opportunity to enjoy Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History and Peter F. Hurst Planetarium laser shows, as well as the park's golf and mini-golf courses. You could be playing golf with hot air balloons overhead!

In addition to watching the balloons take flight at the morning and evening launches, you can also enjoy the view of the nightglow on Friday and Saturday night, during which the balloons line up tethered to the ground to light their burners in unison, giving off a picturesque glow to end the day.

Don’t miss a single day of this 3-day festival July 19, 20 & 21. Book your Jackson hotel and enjoy all three days. $10 parking on-site. Free parking is also available at the nearby Middle School at Parkside.

This event is free to the public thanks to wonderful corporate sponsors, including Tripp’s Auto Shop and Collision, Flagstar Bank, P&T Fitness, Napoleon Feed Mill, Inc., DeVaughn’s Popcorn, and Phelps Towing, Inc., among many others.

Rebecca Calkins is the Events and Marketing Assistant for Experience Jackson. She manages the social media on Facebook and Twitter as well as a monthly eNewsletter. She grew up in Jackson and has returned after attending college at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.  When not working she enjoys cooking and traveling, always looking for the next culinary or cultural adventure.