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American 1 Credit Union is Presenting Sponsor at Hot Air Jubilee

MAY 10 , 2018 – The 2018 Hot Air Jubilee will return to Ella Sharp Park July 20-22 with more than 25 balloonists from across the state of Michigan. Hot Air Jubilee spokesman Jeff Knapp announced the Jubilee is partnering with American 1 Credit Union for the first time as the Presenting Sponsor. “American 1 is providing the stability of a three-year presenting sponsor agreement, and we are excited to have them onboard.” Knapp also announced that, “Once again we are pleased that Ella Sharp Museum and Hammond Propane are both returning as Gold Sponsors; their contributions and dedication to the Jubilee are extremely important to the success of this event. Ella provides the perfect venue, and Hammond generously donates the propane for our balloonists.”

The Hot Air Jubilee features balloons and a full festival on the ground, including 32 crafters and 14 concessioners; it opens Friday at 4 p.m. For the first time Friday evening there will be Helicopter rides available. Back by popular demand all weekend are Knockerball Kings, which will include smaller balls for younger children. In addition to the park play areas, Kids Kingdom is a completely free game area for children to enjoy. The Classic Car Show also returns to the Jubilee on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

The main attraction, the Hot Air Balloons, will debut on Friday evening with a Pilot Parade onto the launch field. Balloons are scheduled to take flight Friday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. and the mornings of Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. A Pilot Meet and Greet takes place on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings conclude with a night glow on the launch field across from Ella Sharp Museum.

Ella Sharp museum will be open and free to the public all weekend. Families can enjoy laser shows in the planetarium, as well as live music and a cash bar on the patio Saturday Evening.  The Jubilee will also include carnival rides. The Hot Air Jubilee remains committed to remain a free event to the community.  Parking is $5 per vehicle.