The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of the 37th Annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest on June 25, 26, and 27th, a community event that has been enjoyed by families throughout the state for decades.  This year’s event has been modified to adhere to COVID-19 orders and restrictions in place during the event planning process. 

The event will feature four flights throughout the weekend with launches taking place throughout the Howell area and flying over Downtown Howell. Although we will not be gathering at the event site as we have traditionally, we are adding an exciting new twist!  The event will have increased coverage including live videos and on-site pilot interviews. Live features will include video of balloon inflations, take offs and landings so that the greater community can share in the ballooning experience without being onsite. The live stream viewing information will be made available on Michiganchallenge.com once available. 

Twenty-four pilots will be competing in this year’s challenge. The main goal of the event this year is to attract people to the region to shop, dine and enjoy the sights of the balloons all while supporting our local economy. 

“We’ve all had to face adversities over the last fifteen months. We’re hopeful that this modified event will bring our community together in a positive way; supporting our local merchants and restaurant establishments in the region all while enjoying the beautiful sights of the hot air balloons flying over Downtown Howell,” said Howell Area Chamber President, Janelle Best.

An updated list of activities taking place in downtown Howell throughout the weekend can be found under the EVENTS tab. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce extends a huge thank you to our sponsors, committee members and community partners for their support, making the return of the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest possible. 

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