Memorial Day • May 27~28, 2017 • Decatur, Alabama

History

The Early Years

The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South, started in Decatur, Alabama in 1978.

The sport of Hot-Air Ballooning had come to Decatur only a few years prior to the fact that the City of Decatur had decided to purchase a hot-air balloon but now needed pilots to fly it. So the salesman of the balloon cut a deal that he would train three pilots to fly the city's new balloon.

A few years later the sport of ballooning had hit Decatur hard and there were several well known pilots living in the area. Craving competition and the festival atmosphere provided at other ballon rallies 17 balloonists from Alabama,Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana got together with a handful of other volunteers and started the Alabama Jubilee

Initially Jubilee also served as a showcase for the new Decatur balloon, one of the first hot air balloons to represent a city, and an event to kick off Alabama's tourism season. These days Jubilee draws about 60 pilots from 20 states for two days of competition during the annual Memorial Day holiday weekend and serves not only as a showcase for the City of Decatur but as a must-attend community event that draws visitors for all over the country.

The continued popularity of the Alabama Jubilee prompted the Alabama Legislature to designate the City of Decatur as the “Ballooning Capital of Alabama.” The Jubilee has also been named a Top 20 Tourism Event in the Southeast for May by the Atlanta-based Southeast Tourism Society.

Our Past Member

Over the years many, many people have been part of the Alabama Jubilee. For our 40th we celbrate these many people who have contributed to this event:

  • Patty Smith Anderson
  • Mark Anthony
  • Barbara Appleby
  • Bob Appleby
  • Jim Arnold
  • Louise Bankston
  • Judy Barion
  • Ginger Barnes, president 1986
  • Toby Barnes
  • Corey Barnette
  • John Barnette
  • Judy Barron
  • Chris Bell
  • Rhonda Blackwell
  • Tony Bolan
  • Ashley Bolton
  • Karen Bowling
  • Kevin Bowling
  • Grayson Burgess
  • Johnny Burgess
  • Lawanda Burgess
  • Gina Callahan
  • John Campbell, president 1993-94
  • Pam Campbell
  • Marshell Carlson
  • Deborah Cartwright
  • Miriam Chaffee
  • Tommy Chaffee
  • Jody Chastain
  • Dane Childers
  • Ed Clark
  • Tommy Clemons
  • Larry Counts
  • Kathy Cummings
  • Brian Dial
  • Mark Dietz
  • Patty Dietz
  • Shawn Donahoo
  • Leigh Ann Echols
  • Muriel Ellis
  • Ramona Evans, president 200104
  • Charles Finney
  • Kevin Flowers
  • Angie Fuller
  • Cherie Fuller
  • Larry Fuller
  • Mike Fuller
  • Ken Garner, president 1987. 1991
  • Lynn Gentry
  • Phillip Gentry, president 1992, 1996-97, 1999
  • Dick Gerard
  • Jim Gilbert
  • Liz Gilbert
  • John Glasscock, president 2013-14
  • Dawn Green
  • Jack Gressman, president 2007, 2017
  • Angela Cox Griffin
  • Trudy Grisham, president 1980
  • Edith Haney
  • Lynn Haney
  • Tony Hanson
  • Andy Harrison
  • Sandra Harrison
  • Dede Nicholson Hayes, president 2005
  • Irene Henderson
  • Pete Henderson, president 1979
  • Roy Hill, president 2015-16
  • Wendell Hill
  • Betty Newton Hogue
  • Jim Holley
  • Nancy Holley
  • Don Hull
  • John Hunter
  • Danny Hyatt
  • Sonya Hyatt
  • Peggy Johns
  • Ed "Lee" Johnson, president 1985, 1998, 2000
  • June Keeley
  • Denise Kelly
  • Phillip Kelly, president 1978, 1988, 1995
  • Violet Kucera
  • Tommy Lane
  • Charles Langham
  • Richard Lawless
  • Susan Gorman Lawless
  • Amanda Barnette Lindsey
  • Suzanne Linneman, president 1990
  • Joe Lowery
  • Lynn Lowery
  • Jeff Maddox
  • Joe Manney
  • James Marsh
  • Jay Martin, president 1981
  • Sharon Martin
  • Melissa Matthews
  • Phillip Maxwell
  • Robin McCormack
  • Whit McCormack, president 2008
  • Warren McLemore
  • Bowery Montgomery
  • Cyndia Montgomery
  • John Montgomery
  • Steve Montgomery
  • Vicki Morese
  • Janet Morgan
  • Wayne Morgan
  • Joe Muncey
  • Merry Muncey
  • Dustin Newton
  • Sissy Odell
  • Tommy Odell
  • Jim Pedersen
  • Nancy Pederson
  • Jody Peterson
  • Bill Pitts
  • Erik Pratt
  • Harvey Pride
  • Sid Pugh, president 1984
  • Clete Quick, president 1978
  • Dennis Quintavalle
  • Nancy Quintavalle
  • Robert Reid, president 2011-12
  • Bob Rose
  • Mary Lou Rose
  • Joan Sandlin
  • Dan Sansing
  • Sandy Sansing
  • Lee Sentell
  • Judy Seymour
  • Bobby Simmons
  • Richard Smith
  • Richie Smith
  • Amanda Steedley
  • Emroy Steedley
  • Laura Stewart
  • Marc Stewart
  • Will Stone
  • Treacy Tapscott
  • Irene Taylor, persident 2006
  • John Templeton
  • Lisa Terry
  • Sue Thaxton
  • Art Thrash
  • Mae Thrash
  • Doreen Tice
  • Katie Tidwell
  • Grace Tullis
  • Becky Turner
  • Clay Turner
  • Cathy D. Wahl, president 1989
  • Mike Wahl, president 1982-83
  • Gina Gibbs Walley
  • Pam Warner
  • Kathy Y. Weaver
  • Bob Wilkinson
  • Pam Wilkinson
  • Helen T. Williams
  • Tom Willis
  • Bob Woodruff
  • Jennifer Wright
  • Sonny Wright
  • Will Wright
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