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Balloonfest Lifts Off In Howell

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(WLNS) - If you're looking for some "high flying" family fun this weekend we have the perfect event for you!

6 News This Morning reporter Francesca Amiker was live at Howell High today where the festival is going up and she's took flight!

Balloonfest has been offering high-flying, outdoor family entertainment for three decades, and holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Competition director Dick Rudlaff helped start the event.

"Wow, what a great run," said Rudlaff. "We started with a simple idea and here we are 30 years later. Over those years there have been hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. The credit for the longevity of the Howell balloon event goes to each and every volunteer. The event has prevailed, and it has been a wonderful ride. It has produced millions of smiles and thousands of friendships."

Balloonfest is held at the Howell High School complex, 1200 W. Grand River, and in downtown Howell. The three-days of family fun run June 27-29, and are centered around beautiful balloons that decorate the sky. The event attracts thousands of guests annually.

"We are excited about the 30th anniversary of Balloonfest," added Michigan Challenge Balloonfest committee chairman Gary Kackstetter. "This is a great time to think back about all of the people who have put their time and energy into making this a great event over the years and what it means to the city of Howell."

The event starts on Friday night June 27 with an early evening balloon launch followed by the Medilodge Fireworks.

Mass balloon launches take place, weather permitting, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, between 6 and 8 p.m. Early birds can arrive just after dawn on Saturday and Sunday to watch the pilots compete for the title of Michigan Challenge Champion as they fly in to the site after launching their balloons from locations in the countryside.

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