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Concerts at the Challenge

The Kari Holmes Band on Saturday night and the Killer Flamingos on Sunday afternoon.

Memories from the past – and some returning favorites!

Learn Hands-only CPR on Saturday

Hands-only CPR is without mouth-to-mouth breaths and is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” cardiac arrest. Volunteers from SaveMiHeart will teach hands-only CPR on an individual basis, and explain the difference between a heart attach and a cardiac arrest.

Robotics rule on Saturday morning

First Tech Challenger Teams from Howell Public Schools (HPS) demonstrate their skills in the HPS booth.

Baby elephants fly into the Family Fun Tent on Sunday

With the release of the new DUMBO DVD, Walt Disney Home entertainment brings giveaways starting at 2 p.m.

Go back in time with Michigan Renaissance Festival performers

Flashback in time on Friday in the Highlander Food Court and enjoy a meal in a medieval atmosphere.

Practice your problem-solving skills at XSCAPE2GO

Spend 10 minutes in this mobile unit for $5/person and see if your team can solve the clues to escape.

DTE mobile unit on Saturday from 10-6 teaches safety around electricity

The Hockey Circus Show scores a hat trick with three shows on Saturday

Partnership with Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers new activities in the Family Fun Tent

The Summer Science Festival features a wide variety of fun, interactive tabletop activities including science experiments, make-and-take activities, and art creations. All activities are hands-on and great for kids (and grown-ups!) of all ages.  The Howell Carnegie District Library and Bucket Fillers will provide activities in the tent as well. 

Fun hot air balloon craft from Bucket Fillers that kids can make in the family fun tent.


New schedule for skydivers, presented by Paul McCowan Airshows

Scheduled jumps will be on Friday and Saturday. Don’t miss the must-see night jump after the balloon glow Saturday and a bonus teaser jump on Friday night. Skydiving is weather dependent.

Hans Hansen Quartet entertains on the main stage before the MediLodge Fireworks on Friday night

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest announces new gated entry

Guests to the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, June 28-30 at the Howell High School complex, will pay a per person entry fee instead of a parking fee this year. The change was implemented in an effort to offset increased event expenses, and to sustain and enhance the event.

Entry to the event will be $5, cash only, per day per person. Children three-years-old and under will be admitted free. Parking will be free. A limited number of weekend wristbands will be available for $10 per person at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce located at 123 E. Washington St. while supplies last. Please use the map below to navigate entry into the event.

Save money and order carnival wristbands online before the price goes up


Imagination Playground offers building blocks at balloonfest

Kids can play and create in this blocked off area with seating for parents on Saturday and Sunday.

Site Host Howell Public Schools will be on site with its new book bus. Stop by and read a story to your child.

Sophi Avocado Snow returns

The Detroit Circus is coming to the Michigan Challenge

Make sure to balance your schedule during the weekend so you don’t miss these amazing performances.

We’re building more activities for balloonfest guests

Ben the Lego Man will create hot air balloons out of Legos, and provide a table of the building blocks for all to play on Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. This creative attraction is sponsored by St. Joseph Mercy Livingston.

It’s nine o’clock on Saturday

Main Street Dueling Pianos perform on the main stage on Saturday between the scheduled balloon launch and balloon glow.


2|42 balloon launches at the Michigan Challenge

A new handicap-accessible balloon makes its debut at balloonfest. For more, visit http://242community.com/balloon/

Wade Shows Guest Relations

Benefit from new guest relations services at the Wade Shows carnival that include sunscreen, hand sanitizer and a charging station. Save money too by ordering wristbands online HERE.


 Sophia Avocado performs on Friday night.






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