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31st annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is history

inflationThe weekend was like bookends. The weather was sunny on Friday and Sunday, but a rainy Saturday led to the cancelation of some of the event’s favorite attractions.

“It was a great beginning and end to the Michigan Challenge weekend,” said Michelle Tokan, Michigan Challenge Director.  “We had balloon inflations and launches to start and close balloonfest.”

Rainy weather on Saturday forced the cancellation of the launches, balloon glow, skydivers, and main stage entertainment. However, 22 pilots took part in the new pilot signature line on Saturday afternoon. Guests on site had a chance to meet pilots and talk with them about the sport of hot-air ballooning.

“The pilot signature line was well received, and half of the pilots on the balloonfest roster showed up to meet guests one-on-one,” said Tokan.  “The committee called this a dress rehearsal for an even bigger and better signature line in 2016.”

In addition, flyovers from the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport delighted guests on Friday before the balloon inflation.

“Thank you to all of our sponsors, committee and volunteers who contributed to balloonfest – especially Lake Trust Credit Union, our major sponsor,” added Tokan.

Plans are already underway for Michigan Challenge XXXII. If you would like to get involved with this great community event, contact Tokan at


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