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Sara Berger wins Livingston Sensation

Howell resident Sara Berger was selected as the Livingston Sensation winner during the singing competition held at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest on Sunday, June 26. Her prize was a hot-air balloon ride from local pilot Phil Glebe. Berger, 19, has been singing for five years. She graduated last year from Howell High School and was […]

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Livingston Sensation Finalists announced

After two semifinals held earlier this month, six finalists have been selected to sing at the finals of the Livingston Sensation singing contest on Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. The six finalists are: Sara Berger Courtney Darrow Kelly Quinn Darla Maroudis Melanie Matticks Alex Darr

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Get tuned in to the Livingston Sensation at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

Are you Livingston County’s next singing sensation? The popular Livingston Sensation singing contest returns for its second year to the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, June 24-26 in Howell. Singers are invited to compete in two semi-final events to be held at Cleary’s Pub, 117 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell on June 2; and at […]

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Livingston Sensation winner announced

Howell Township resident Sarah Brown was selected as the Livingston Sensation winner during the singing competition held at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest on Sunday, June 28. Brown sang “Natural Woman” and competed against eight other contestants who were judged on tonal quality, presentation and song selection. Her prize was a hot-air balloon ride from local […]

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Michigan Challenge Balloonfest Gears up to Launch today!

Things are getting exciting here at Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, which launches today… The Wade Show Carnival is already in full swing, and other events are scheduled to begin this afternoon at 4:00pm, including the Landing Zone, Arts Festival, and Open-Air Marketplace. CBS 6 did a great story on the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest 2015 this morning […]

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Livingston Sensation finalists announced

After two semifinals held at Cleary’s Pub in downtown Howell, nine finalists have been selected to sing at the finals of the Livingston Sensation singing contest on Sunday, June 28 at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest. “One talented performer will sing his or her way to a hot-air balloon ride,” said Michelle Tokan, Michigan Challenge director. […]

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Reining world and national champs heading to balloonfest

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest has always attracted some of the best pilots in the world. This year, the roster includes Yudai Fujita, the 2014 World Champion; and Johnny Petrehn, the 2014 US National Champion. Balloonfest is June 26-28 at the Howell High School complex. “We’re honored to have these two accomplished pilots fly with us […]

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Livingston Sensation sings its way to Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

Are you Livingston County’s next singing sensation? The popular Livingston Sensation singing contest, formally presented by the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, moves to the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest. Singers are invited to complete in two semi-final events to be held at Cleary’s Pub, 117 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell on June 10 and […]

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Paint and Pour adds color to Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

Colorful hot-air balloons paint the sky at the Michigan Challenge, and this year guests will be able to paint their own memory of the event in Howell. “Paint and Pour offers an interactive, creative activity for balloon guests to do while they wait for the balloon launches. It’s a natural fit to the Juried Arts Festival,” […]

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Lake Trust Credit Union to sponsor Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

Lake Trust Credit Union is the new major sponsor of the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, June 26-28 in Howell. This is the 31st year of the event, hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce and held at the Howell High School campus. The three-day festival features the state championship of hot-air ballooning, as well as […]

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