About 50 to 60 visitors turned out for Touchstone Energy® hot air balloon rides in Moulton Friday morning, Joe Wheeler EMC Director of Communications Michael Cornelison said.

Joe Wheeler EMC, a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, brought hot air balloon rides to Lawrence County for the first time on Friday. 

The Touchstone Energy® hot air balloon is an exciting feature in the annual Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur, which took place on Saturday and Sunday this year. 

“When the flames inflate that 70-foot balloon and it lifts off the ground, the looks on the faces of not just the kids, but their parents and grandparents, are magical. This year we thought we would try and bring some of that magic to Moulton,” Cornelison said. 

The balloon piloted by Cheri White, who has served as the Touchstone® Energy chief balloon pilot for the past 20 years, lifted passengers of all ages in a brief tethered ride Friday morning. 

White, a Texas native, enjoys traveling the country to bring the excitement of ballooning to Touchstone Energy® Cooperative communities across 46 states. 

JWEMC hopes to bring the majestic balloon and its talented pilot back to Moulton again next year, Cornelison said. 

For more information about Touchstone Energy® or JWEMC, visit https://www.touchstoneenergy.com/ or http://www.jwemc.org/

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