My all time favorite part of the Howell Balloonfest is the Glow.
The girls hanging out on the hill waiting. Tallen wouldn’t hold still for a photo.
You (the public) gather on the grounds and hill surrounding a huge open area near the high school as some of the balloons are taking off. There was a live band to entertain during the wait. Nice. It’s cool to watch the balloons float over and hear the “Whooosh” of the fire heating the air for more lift, but the really cool part is later. Just as the sun has set and it’s getting dark (and the mosquitos are REALLY coming for you) the field by the is filled with hot air balloons still flat and deflated all over on the ground. Then they are blown up, all at the same time it appears, in a rush to be ready.
Then the countdown begins… the crowd yells and counts…
3, 2, 1, GLOW!!!!
and the balloons go from big dark blobs to globes full of light as the pilots turn on the flames under the balloons.