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Number 30 — a Michigan Challenge Balloonfest to remember

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Congratulations to Pilot Phil Glebe from Brighton, Mich. – the 2014 Michigan Challenge Champion. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest — the state championship of hot-air ballooning — this past weekend. As well as balloons decorating the skies, the event thrilled visitors with fireworks, a balloon…

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest celebrates 30 years this weekend in Howell

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At Michigan Challenge XXX, the number 30 is something special. Balloonfest has been offering high-flying, outdoor family entertainment for three decades, and holds a special place in the hearts of many. Competition Director Dick Rudlaff helped start the event. “Wow, what a great run,” said Rudlaff.  “We started with a…

Salute a veteran at balloonfest

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Keep the American spirit in your heart and join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, for the fourth annual balloonfest Veterans Ceremony held in partnership with the Yankee Air Museum (YAM). Balloonfest is located on the grounds of Howell Public Schools, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell. The…

Balloonfest offers discounts online, upgraded website information

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Planning ahead for the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, June 27-29 in Howell, has never been easier. Balloonfest guests who want to save some money by purchasing a weekend parking pass in advance can now order online at www.99mainstreet.com. “Ordering a weekend pass at 99mainstreet is all about convenience” said Jettie Hathaway,…

Look sharp with a balloonfest pin

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The 30th annual commemorative event pin honors the first- and second-place pilots from last year’s competition. The pin features the “IMTS” corporate balloon piloted by Pat Fogue, and “Who Cares” flown by Balloonmeister Jim Birk. Pins are available for $6 each at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest and Howell Area Chamber…