“She could, so she DID”

Sanctioned by the Balloon Federation of America Hot Air Competition Division and hosted by the Jackson Hot Air Jubilee

More than fifteen female pilots across the country will converge on Jackson to vie for the title of the 2024 National Champion and potentially secure a spot to represent Team USA in the 2025 Women’s World Hot Air Balloon Championships.

Competitive ballooning puts pilots to the test in distance, speed, and navigational precision. Each flight entails various competitive tasks, requiring pilots to skillfully utilize winds at different altitudes to guide their balloons to specific targets around Jackson.

Pilots earn qualification for the National Championship by participating in competitions throughout the year. The top performers at the National Championship will then earn the opportunity to compete in the upcoming 2025 Women’s World Championship.

The Women’s National Championships will feature competition flights spanning Jackson County, extending beyond the traditional footprint of the Hot Air Jubilee.

“The women who compete for the chance to be crowned the National Champion are highly decorated and outstanding pilots from all over the country,” said David Seekell, chairman of the Hot Air Jubilee. “We look forward to hosting these remarkable women in our community.”