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Chamber receives balloonfest pin display case

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Chamber Life Member Pam Rietsch presented the Howell chamber with a new commemorative frame of balloonfest pins that will go on display in the chamber building. Rietsch had been a balloonfest volunteer for the first 25 years of the event, working with the pilots. When she retired from her volunteer…

Sarah Brown wins Livingston Sensation competition

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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…

31st annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is history

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The 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…

Who’s ready to have fun and save money at balloonfest?

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Discounted balloonfest weekend festival event passes are available at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce until June 25, or at 99mainstreet.com until June 22 in the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest store. The discounted passes sell for $20, and allow entry into the event for all the passengers in the vehicle. Purchased…

Livingston Sensation finalists moving to competition at balloonfest

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After two semifinals 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…