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2021 Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

Hot air balloons are inflated during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico on Saturday.
Susan Montoya Bryan
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Hot air balloons are inflated during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico on Saturday.

After being canceled by the pandemic last year, the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee is back this weekend.

Twenty-eight pilots from Michigan and at least three other states have brought their hot air balloons to Jackson for the festival, with flights scheduled through Sunday.

Jubilee board member Angela Madden says along with the traditional balloon shapes you might expect, there are some festival-goers might be surprised by

Like a seal-shaped balloon named Cynthia.

One of the things that I really enjoy about Cynthia is if you look really closely at her when she’s in the air, her eyes, the pupils of her eyes, are actually in the shape of hot air balloons.”

Madden expects as many as 5,000 people to attend the Jubilee.

Evening balloon flights will take off from Ella Sharp Park. The sites for morning departures are determined day-to-day, with details announced on social media. Weather conditions could also impact when and where balloon flights take place.