In 1983, a group of Hot Air Balloon enthusiasts who lived in and around Jackson came up with the dream of a family-friendly event for the Jackson Community. The Hot Air Jubilee was born. Since then, the Jubilee has grown to an event that thousands of people attend every summer. 25-30 balloons come in from around the country to participate in the friendly rivalry of the contests. The mission of the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee is to contribute positively to the Jackson community by providing affordable, quality, family entertainment featuring the beauty, color and excitement of hot air balloons and other unique, one-of-a-kind attractions to the Jackson, Mid-Michigan and enthusiast communities. The Jackson Hot Air Jubilee accomplishes this by providing a financially sound event with the help of local volunteers and loyal sponsors.
Established in 1986, the Natchez Balloon Festival, or the Natchez Balloon Race, is known to be a weekend of hot-air balloons and outstanding live music that has become the largest and most successful festival in Southwest Mississippi. The festival site is located in historic downtown Natchez in the parklike grounds of the columned mansion Rosalie. Tethered balloon rides are offered to the public on Saturday at the festival site, weather permitting. Only sponsors at the level of $1,250 or above fly in the balloon basket with the pilot. Contact them for information about becoming a balloon sponsor.
At Champagne Sunrise, Devon and Lori Poole believe that ballooning is a family affair. Crew Chief Lori is a skydiver with a D-License, and Master Crew Chief Devon is no stranger to adventure. When he was 10 years old, Devon received his Open Water Diving Certificate, which is the youngest possible age to earn such a certificate. Their team ensures a safe, comfortable, and wonderful adventure.