The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is the state championship of hot-air ballooning and a family event held on schools grounds at the Howell High School complex, 1200 W. Grand River in Howell. We want the event to be memorable and fun for all. Here's a few reminders to help you have an enjoyable weekend. Remember to bring family and friends, a jacket for the evening, a camera to take photos, comfortable walking shoes, lawn chairs, beach chairs or blankets, sunglasses and sunscreen and bug spray. Please leave pets and sparklers at home for safety reasons. Remember, alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited at the site on schools grounds. Balloon rides are not available during the event since the pilots are competiting. Visit the information booth for pilot information.