Tethered Rides are offered on the Alabama Jubilee schedule as part of our evening operations each day.
Tethered rides are at the pilots discretion and are FREE.
We do not offer paid balloon flights at this event.
Lines for the rides can be long so arrive early for the wait.
Minors (under 18) are not allowed in the balloons unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Most pilots will not fly a child under the age of three (3).
Balloons are aircraft, not fair rides. Many will run-out of fuel after one or two hours.
If weather conditions change, the balloons may have to discontinue.
Smoking not allowed on the launch field. Balloon fuel is liquid propane and is dangerous.
Be mindful of tie-down ropes. Do not cross these unless you are told to do-so.
Do not touch the balloon equipment unless directed to.
Balloons have weight and capacity limits. Large groups will be asked to split-up.
When to See the Balloons
Events are early and late in the day. The best time to arrive at the field is before 6:00am for morning and 5:00pm for evening.
Balloon inflations and flights are often canceled, delayed, or postposed due to weather. Please see our event announcements page for more information on these happenings.
Get Close to the Balloons
The Alabama Jubilee is one of the few balloon events that allows the public to walk on the field.
The public is encouraged to ask pilots questions and to get close to the balloons.
Please remember to follow the rules and comply with all pilot requests.
Would you like to get involved and crew for a balloon? See our crewing information on the balloon page.
The Alabama Jubilee balloon events consists of four balloon events.
Each morning there is a is a competition flight for the balloons. In the evenings half the balloons will fly with the other half stay on the field for tethers and a balloon glow.
For those who often ask how you compete in a balloon a brief description of balloon competition tasks are below:
Saturday Morning - Morgan County Commission Hare & Hound.
One balloon designated as the 'hare' will launch before the others. Once in the air they try to follow the first balloon.
The first balloon will land and roll out a large fabric 'X' onto which the "hound" balloons will try to drop a bean-bag marker. Whoever is closest to the center wins.
Sunday Morning - Lynn Layton Key Grab
This is a 'fly-in' that brings the balloons from off the field back onto it for the Lynn Layton Key Grab.
Balloons must fly a pre-set distance, usually three miles, and attempt to navigate back to the field in order to grab a ring from the top of a tall pole. A secondary goal is to drop a bean-bag marker at the center of an 'X' that is also laid-out at the pole.