The founder of Jackson’s Hot Air Jubilee, Tony Hurst, shared some of the history of the event, now in its 31st year. Tony is an avid balloonist and travelled the country to participate in other balloon events before organizing Jackson’s in 1982. At its height, the Jubilee attracted 100 balloons from around North America. The 2014 HAJ begins Friday and runs through Sunday at Ella Sharp Park. Other guests: Kristi Edgar and Liz Niles, American 1 Credit Union; Dan Brown, Allegiance Health Security Officer with K-9 officer Austin; Rock Mangus and Roland Frasier, Mission of Hope Cancer Fund; Singer-Guitarist Ian Stewart; Sierra & Josh Buffum, with Carter Buffum for the Carter Buffum 5K Walk/Run Saturday, July 26 at the Cascades.