Hot Air Jubilee ends with big crowds, good weather and hot air balloon rides

JACKSON, MI – The Hot Air Jubilee took off and ended with a bang.

The 2022 event, from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24, at Ella Sharp Park, saw hot air balloons take off for three of the scheduled six times, including the media flight on Thursday July 21, secretary of the board of directors of Hot Air Jubilee says Angela Madden.

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“It feels really good to be back after COVID, and then completely ran out of time last year, to put on a great show for the Jackson community,” Madden said.

This was the first public launch of the Jubilee since 2018. The media flight also took off in 2021.

Crowd turnout over the weekend was excellent, with around 6,000 to 8,000 people reportedly showing up on Friday and Saturday, Madden said. Although event organizers don’t have exact numbers, many food vendors said they ran out of stock throughout the weekend, indicating high turnout, she said. declared.

People attending the event were always thrilled to see the balloons, even when they couldn’t take off, Madden said. The balloons weren’t able to fly Friday night due to the wind, but the crowd was still invited to walk onto the pitch to see the balloons up close, she said.

“I really think it was a wonderful thing for (Balloon Meister Steven Sitko) to do and bring everyone together,” Madden said.

The car show was also a huge success, Madden said, with around 200 classic cars on display for Saturday’s event and organizers running out of space for them, she said.

“We’ve already started talking about how we could revamp this for next year,” Madden said.

With the event just wrapped up, Hot Air Jubilee organizers are already talking about next year, Madden said. With the luck of good weather this year, organizers hope to see more flights next year, she said.

“I feel like we kind of shot a weather course, and I feel really good,” Madden said. “It just gives me very high hopes for 2023.”

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