Alabama jubilee festival nearly banned due to weather concerns
Last year it was COVID-19, but this year it’s Mother Nature. The Alabama Hot Air Balloon Jubilee got off to a blustery start in Decatur.
The crews were unable to get the balloons into the air due to cloud cover and wind.
Normally, hundreds of hot air balloons would be in the sky on the first day of the event.
“I wanted to get in a hot air balloon,” said Lathan Wallace.
Yet hundreds of people came to enjoy the family event.
“We were ready to go out, get back to normal and have the chance to do all of these fun things that we couldn’t do last year after being locked up for a whole year,” one mother said.
At the jubilee, not only can you see cool balloons, but you can also participate in kites, taste local dishes or hang out with your friends and family.
The crews said they wanted to have a few to at least show them off.
“I’m delighted to be here. I can’t wait to see the different balls. It’s the first time we’ve seen balls live and in action,” said Kevin Calma.
While not all of the hot air balloons were able to rise in the air on Saturday evening, the festivities continue on Sunday and will last until 9:30 p.m.