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Cleary University to sponsor Michigan Challenge Balloonfest

Cleary University is the new major sponsor of the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, June 22-24 in Howell.

This is the 34th year of the event, hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce and held at the Howell High School campus. The three-day event features the state championship of hot-air ballooning, as well as family entertainment and activities. New to the event this year are Dueling Pianos, Ben the Lego Man and performances by the Detroit Circus. Updates can be found at

Other highlights include: balloon launches and fly ins, Renewal by Andersen Skydivers, carnival, arts festival, MediLodge Fireworks on Friday night and a Saturday night balloon glow.

“Cleary University and Livingston County are inextricably linked. We are committed to continually strengthening our ties within the community we serve,” said Jayson Boyers, Ed. D., President, Cleary University. “Cleary welcomes the opportunity to support Michigan Challenge which, as one of Livingston County’s signature events, is a seasonal celebration with a rich tradition in our community.”


“Throughout its history, the Michigan Challenge has maintained its reputation as one of the most affordable, entertaining and exciting family events in the state,” said Michelle Tokan, Michigan Challenge director. “Community improvement is important to both the Howell chamber and Cleary University, and the balloonfest is one event that puts a spotlight on the Howell area. We have shared goals, and are honored to have Cleary University as our major sponsor.”

About Cleary University  

Founded in 1883, Cleary University is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-site, Michigan-based, specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. The University’s mission is to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills, and credentials that advance careers. Learn more at or connect with Cleary University on Facebook ( or Twitter (@ClearyUniverse).


For more information, call Tokan at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce at 517.546.3920 or visit the event website at

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