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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2005
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Don't miss sensational Jubilee this weekend

The view is spectacular from aboard a hot-air balloon soaring 1,200 feet above the beautiful North Alabama landscape.

But one need not jump in a propane-powered wicker basket to enjoy the scenery. Watching scores of the giant, colorful, nearly silent airships slip across the clear blue sky is a treat in itself. And it's one we can all share this weekend at the 28th annual Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Festival at Point Mallard Park.

The event lifts off early Saturday with the strategic Hare & Hound Race and concludes with fireworks and a concert late Sunday night. In between there will be concerts by top local bands, kite-flying demonstrations, live performances by local talent, food and drinks and, of course, more fascinating balloon action.

The pilots of these dirigibles are highly skilled and enjoy showing off their talents to appreciative fans. The Lynn Layton Key Grab competition Sunday morning provides spectators an up-close view of just how adept these pilots are. But keep an alert lookout for incoming balloons! You may have to pick up your lawn chair and run as a colorful zeppelin approaches the field at the mercy of the changing air currents.

One aspect of the Jubilee that makes it unique is that, the bigger the crowd, the more fun it is. It is an event we can share with our families, friends and neighbors.

The Jubilee is good, wholesome entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. The Memorial Day weekend event is an ideal way to welcome summer to the Tennessee Valley.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and we'll see you at Point Mallard this weekend.

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