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Hot Air Jubilee

Observers pick up twine to tie between hot air balloon baskets and weights to throw at targets.

People look up in Ella Sharp Park as Doug Hill’s hot air balloon soars over them.

Doug Hill watches the tree line as he pilots his balloon while others fill up at Ella Sharp Park. Friday kicked off the start of the Hot Air Jubilee in Ella Sharp park which runs until Sunday. This is the first time in 15 years that the festival has been held at the park.

Doug Hill works to deflate his hot air balloon in the backyard of Rick Sullivan in Summit township. Hill made it about three miles from Ella Sharp park in 30 minutes of flying time. “It’s like tubing in the sky,” he said. “you don’t know where you’re going to end up, someone has to pick you up and you just float along.”

Balloons take off from a field at Ella Sharp Park Friday.

A bike rider looks up at Doug Hill’s balloon as it soars over him.

Hot air balloons are piloted toward the Ella Sharp Golf Course as the sun sets Friday evening. Friday kicked off the start of the Hot Air Jubilee in Ella Sharp park which runs until Sunday. This is the first time in 15 years that the festival has been held at the park.

Hot Air Ballon’s take off from a clearing at Ella Sharp Park. Friday kicked off the start of the Hot Air Jubilee in Ella Sharp park which runs until Sunday. This is the first time in 15 years that the festival has been held at the park.

Doug and Janice Hill laugh as they take a balloon ride over the Jackson area Friday night as part of the Hot Air Jubilee. Friday kicked off the start of the Hot Air Jubilee in Ella Sharp park which runs until Sunday. This is the first time in 15 years that the festival has been held at the park.

Wes Dickerson attempts to lift up a key during Friday’s night flight of the Hot Air Jubilee.

Wes Dickerson, right, pilots his balloon towards the Ella Sharp Golf Course as the sun sets Friday evening. Friday kicked off the start of the Hot Air Jubilee in Ella Sharp park which runs until Sunday. This is the first time in 15 years that the festival has been held at the park.

A hot air balloon pilot gives his balloon some air as he soars over the trees at Ella Sharp Golf Course Friday.

Doug Hill is silhouetted on his hot air balloon as he checks it before liting it up with hot air.

Photos from this year’s Hot Air Jubilee. This was the first time in 15 years that the event was held at Ella Sharp Park instead of the airport.

Added at 5:01 pm on July 21, 2011, by . Filed under Feature, Jackson Citizen Patriot