Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell, MI

The 29th Annual State Championship of Hot Air Ballooning is the weekend of June 28 - 30 in Howell, MI. Detailed schedules of events are still forthcoming but we do know that weather permitting there will be about fifty balloons participating in launches Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday as well. THE WEATHER IS USUALLY BEAUTIFUL FOR THIS EVENT...IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SOME BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS. This balloonfest is a wee bit closer to most of us than the one in Jackson so we can play it by ear for the time being and schedule a time (or times) to meetup and shoot as schedules and weather dictate! As it's only thirty minutes away for most of us in the western 'burbs, I'm planning on going out there at least twice.

 

Here's the updated Schedule of Events:

Friday June 28th *weather permitting

6 - 8 PM Mass Balloon Launch

Dusk Fireworks Display

 

Saturday June 29th *weather permitting

6 - 8 AM Balloon Fly-In

1, 2, 5 PM Skydiving Exhibitions

6 - 8 PM Mass Balloon Launch

Dusk Balloon Glow (Skydiving Night Show after the Glow)

 

Sunday June 30th *weather permitting

6 - 8 AM Balloon Fly-In

1, 2, 5 PM Skydiving Exhibitions

6 - 8 PM Mass Balloon Launch

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Walt

    Made Fridays rain out but couldn't the rest of the weekend, but wanted to let all of you know your images were outstanding...we do have a great group of folks. Thank you all for sharing your pictures.

    July 1, 2013

  • Mark P.

    As always a great meetup with plenty to see and scenes to capture. Would just like to say that, its absolutely wonderful to have places to go to exercise our hobby, but its even more wonderful knowing when you get there, there will be a great group of friends to share with!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A really funand colorful evening.

    July 1, 2013

  • Ricky M.

    excellent.

    June 30, 2013

  • JACK C.

    Weather looks favorable for tonight (last night was a bummer!) with temps at or near 70° and winds steady at 5mph... Regardless the balloon "glow" is set for dusk and that's always quite beautiful and a lot of fun to shoot! Hope to see you tonight!

    June 29, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Well Jack another home run, great idea, weather almost cooperated 100%, at least got to see a couple fly, talked to one of the pilots there and he said that last year no one flew, so I guess we were lucky to get what we got. Anyway, thanks for your continued enthusiasm keeping this group motivated and capturing great images.

      2 · June 30, 2013

    • Mark P.

      As a side bar note, that pilot said they are predicting very high winds today so it will be another no fly day.

      June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had the most wonderful time. Fun music .... great colors. Sorry we lost every one ...

    June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely going to Jackson in July.

      June 30, 2013

    • Mark P.

      Nice talking to you again Marie, had a great time

      1 · June 30, 2013

  • joy

    We had a great time...sorry we couldn't find anyone from the group...

    June 30, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Very cool this evening, only (3) actually flew, but the array of color was awesome!

    June 30, 2013

  • Jim B.

    I had a blast!!! I hope everyone else did to.

    June 29, 2013

  • Evelyn M.

    Jack sorry but I'm cancelling got called in to work

    June 29, 2013

  • Ricky M.

    Where exactly is everyone? Is the launch happening? I don't see any balloons...

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes might be good tonight for glow anyway, will call Jack to see who's around and wants to meet, I will be at Sierra Club stand, come see me early evening or call:[masked]

    June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, the full number is:[masked]

      June 29, 2013

  • JACK C.

    Launch cancelled due to weather threat...Will try again tomorrow evening for the glow...Fireworks still set for 10:00 PM tonight.

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A great fireworks display last night, rain held off! Hope some of you were able to see it, only one came by the Sierra Club booth to say hello and chat photography. I am working on a autumn trip to upper Maine to photograph moose and cascading rivers in full color display early October, anyone want to help me plan it or come? I have given tours there to photograph off-the-beaten

      June 29, 2013

    • Vessela

      Sounds like it would be a fun trip. Im also part of sierra club in Rochester would come see you tonight as long as it doesnt rain

      June 29, 2013

  • Vessela

    Morning fly in cancelled due to weather. Looks like todays chance of rain 60% and thunderstorms, sunday partly cludy with 30% chance of rain. I will go tonight as long as weather conditions are good otherwise might have to try sunday night

    June 29, 2013

  • Barbara Tomes M.

    Well, a bust..too far to try again.:(

    June 28, 2013

  • Barbara S.

    Was there and was cancelled - fireworks still on

    June 28, 2013

  • Annu

    Will be there on Saturday

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wiil be there Saturday or sSunday

    June 28, 2013

    • Lori

      We're planning for Saturday evening for the launch/glow.....if you guys are there for that call me so we can hook up!!! :)

      1 · June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok. LG, you are in my phone book. See you before that.

      June 28, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    I would like to meet up with some fellow photographers on Saturday if there is a group going on Saturday.

    June 28, 2013

  • Lisa W.

    Decided not go go due to weather

    June 28, 2013

  • joy

    I'll be there on Saturday weather permitting =)

    June 28, 2013

  • Vladimir V.

    I would like to go, but it is too early for me on Friday - I work. Are all people going there only on Friday?

    June 27, 2013

    • Lisa W.

      i was planning on fri after work but rain again, so thinking about going sunday morn

      June 27, 2013

    • HAMISH C.

      Vladimir, I am unsure if I will go Fri or Sat. - depends on weather. I will be going to visit some family beforehand so I will not be going directly. I will let you know when I plan to attend and meetup somewhere if that works.

      June 28, 2013

  • Vessela

    So would there be an exact place where we will meet and what time?

    June 27, 2013

    • JACK C.

      Howell High School 6PM Friday...I will also be there 6PM Sataurday.

      June 27, 2013

    • Thomas N.

      i might like to shoot the glow sat..

      June 27, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Where are people planning to meet? They usually get a ton of people on a nice night.

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to change days. Will try for Saturday night.

    June 27, 2013

  • Amy O.

    I'll be there on Saturday for the glow :)

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at Sierra Club fresh squeezed lemonade stand Friday night kiddie corner to the northeast from balloon launch field, so stop by and introduce yourself to me, I may be cooking at the grill for those delicious brats! Jack, its a great place to meet to watch balloons all weekend too! Come by, I'll be wearing a green MI cap! Hope to see more of you there too to meet and greet and talk Great Lakes Photography!

    June 26, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    I'm hoping to go on Saturday!

    June 25, 2013

  • Thomas N.

    ive been to this the past 2 years.

    June 25, 2013

  • Johnnie

    I really hate to miss this event but you guys have fun

    June 24, 2013

  • HAMISH C.

    Looking forward to the event.

    June 14, 2013

  • Amy M.

    Looking forward to it

    June 10, 2013

  • Kathy S.

    This may be the first meetup of this group I can attend, so I am looking forward to it. I'm having a baby in two weeks, hence why I sadly haven't been able to participate, but dad can watch the baby for the hot air balloons! I love them!

    April 9, 2013

    • JACK C.

      Congrats on the baby! Hope to see you at the Balloon shoot!

      1 · April 9, 2013

  • Patrick H.

    Bummer I already have plans to be camping out in Lakeport. Hope everyone has a blast.

    April 8, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Awesome colors I am sure will be a great day

    March 29, 2013

  • Bonnie I.

    We're going to be in Traverse City.

    March 29, 2013

  • Kathy S.

    I'd like to. I'm having a kid in early May, but shoudl be find by the end of June!

    March 29, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Looking forward to this event!

    March 27, 2013

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