TMSG: Howell Balloonfest


HOWELL, MI (WLNS) – If you’re looking for some weekend plans, we have an idea for you.

For more than three decades hot air balloons have filled the skies in Howell for the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest.

6 News This Morning Reporter Mariah Harrison takes us to the skies.

More than 40 balloons and their pilots will line up on the Howell High School grounds Friday night to give thousands of mid-Michigan families a sight to see.

“In between the launch times we have a wide variety of family attractions and activities to keep people busy and enjoy the festival,” said Michele Tokan, director, Michigan Challenge Balloonfest.

Those activities include a hang out with the Howell Symphony Orchestra, a canvas painting activity and a carnival.

Pilot Dennis Hall has flown in the Balloonfest for six years now.

“A lot of pilots want to come to this, a lot of people want to get into this,” said Dennis Hall, pilot.

Hall says his future as a balloon pilot was sealed right here at a Michigan Challenge Balloonfest when he got his first ride from a pilot right here at the Balloonfest years ago.

“Ever since that flight I just wanted to get back up there and do it again,” said Hall.

Fees to get into the Balloonfest are $14 dollars per day, but $25 will get you in for the entire weekend and that money goes towards helping local non-profits.

When you come down to Howell this weekend for the Balloonfest, you’ll get a nice view of all of the balloons flying in the air.

Howell’s Balloonfest will be going on all weekend.

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