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Howell Balloonfest Takes Off

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(WLNS) - Thousands of Michiganders are going up up and away this weekend in a hot air balloon!

The annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest kicks off today and 6 News reporter Francesca Amiker got a front row seat!

It's the 30th anniversary of Balloonfest and tonight more than 125,000 mid-Michiganders will be able to experience views just like this one.

"And we couldn't be more excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary"

Over the meadow and through the woods to the state championship of hot air ballooning we go!

Michelle Tokan, michigan challenge director says, "the michigan challenge balloonfest - the pilots are competing for the state championship. And they will be dropping baggies on an x-shaped target. Of course the goal is to get as close as they can to the center of the target."

But the pilots aren't the only ones with goals at the big event. Organizers are giving the expected crowd of more than 100,000 Michiganders some new finds this year.

New this year we have a Michigan market place so all Michigan made products for people to look at and sample and maybe take home a souvenir from balloonfest as well.

And the fun doesn't just stop in the sky; it begins right here on the ground.

This is a really family friendly event.theres a carnival,  theres an art festival its a really fun day just come out and spend the day with us.

And Balloonfest kicks off Friday night with some fireworks and much more so be sure to bring out your family and come on out

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