2016 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

June 29 - July 4, 2016

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Holiday Inn

Host Hotel for the Air Show Performers and Balloonists
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Applebee’s Battle Creek Wall featuring the BC Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival - Photo by Lisa Burns

“A special Thank you to Applebee’s in Battle Creek for featuring the BC Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival on their wall! What an amazing job and tribute! Thank you for the support!


Skerbeck Entertainment Group Family Carnival - July 1 - 5

Skerbeck Entertainment Group Carnival, Escanaba, MI

The Battle Creek Field of Flight will be having our ever-popular carnival midway back again this year. Skerbeck Entertainment Group, Inc.  will be operating all 5 days this year - July 1st-5th, with an AMAZING array of rides, food and games for Battle Creek's premier annual event.


The 2015 Carnival will be located adjacent to the event grounds. Once on the event grounds, it is FREE to browse around and take in the sights and sounds. At night, the carnival will light up with colorful lights, truly some of the most beautiful in the carnival industry.

The best part about Skerbeck returning is their endless rotation of rides. Running different traveling packs, some rides will be different than what was on-site last year. So make sure you come on out and try out what we didn't have on-hand for last year.

Skerbeck Carnival - Milligan WheelSkerbeck also uses a high-tech ticketing system, making it easier for you to get your tickets before hand and to save some additional money. We guarantee deep discounts on daily all-day ride wristbands as well as mega packs.


  • Field of Flight MEGA BAND: $75.00 - ALL WEEK!
  • Only 200 will be sold
  • Good for All-Day Unlimited Rides
  • Sales end at 12 Noon on July 1st
  • Deal not available at Ticket Booths
  • Single Day Carnival Arm Bands: $22.00 
  • Good for All-Day Unlimited Rides for a SINGLE DAY
  • Sales end at 12 Noon on July 1st
  • Deal Not Available at Ticket Booths


  • Individual Ride Tickets (at carnival during day of operation): $1 per ticket (each ride requires 2-5 tickets)
  • Sheet of 50 tickets (each ride requiring 2-5 tickets): $40
  • Single-Day Unlimited Ride Armbands (valid for unlimited rides on the date of purchase):

Wednesday, July 1: $25
Thursday, July 2: $25
Friday, July 3: $30
Saturday, July 4: $30
Sunday, July 5: $30

Carnival Line-Up for the 2015 Battle Creek Field of Flight
Press Release

Skerbeck Entertainment Group, Inc., based in Escanaba, Michigan, will return as the  midway provider for Battle Creek’s premier annual festival, occurring at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek from July 1-5, 2015.

According to Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director for Skerbeck Entertainment Group, “We had a great run at the festival in 2014.  Customers really responded to the quality of our midway, and especially to the deep discounts we provided with our online advanced sale promotion.  We’re expecting this promotion to double or triple in 2015.  Customers seem to really appreciate the ability to purchase ahead of the festival using their credit card.  It allows families to reserve cash for the day they attend and spend it on other fun activities.  Redemption for wristbands is speedy with our bar-code scanning system at the ticket boxes, and that gets the fun started faster than ever before.”

Skerbeck Carnival - Carousel RideIn addition to the ride line-up festival goers enjoyed in 2014,Skerbeck Entertainment Group purchased a new children’s carousel ride over the winter months, and plans to bring the new ride to the festival in Battle Creek.  Other features of the family-friendly midway will include customer amenities such as ATMs, hand-washing stations, misting fans, and plenty of covered seating.

Pay-one-price wristbands will be available on every day of the festival.  Pricing for wristbands will be $25 on July 1 and 2, and $30 on July 3, 4, and 5.  Individual ride tickets will also be available for $1 each or a sheet of 50 tickets can be purchased for $40 (rides require 2-5 tickets).

Early Birds can take advantage of deep discounts for unlimited ride passes if purchases are made online between April 1 and July 1. The sale will end at NOON on July 1. Customers can go online in advance and buy single-day unlimited ride passes for only $22, and good-all-festival Mega passes for $75

Website: Skerbeck Entertainment Groups
Facebook: Skerbeck on Facebook
Skerbeck Entertainment Groups: Advanced Discount Carnival Ticket Sales


Community Kick-Off Day/Kid's Day - Wednesday, July 1st

Make sure you come on out to "Community Kick-Off Day" on July 1st, 2015. Not only is it the first day of such a great event, but it is a day where the entire community can get together and celebrate such a GREAT event at a great, low and affordable cost.

For just $5 per car load for parking and FREE gate admission, you can enjoy a night of family fun. This is a special day you certainly won't want to miss and it is a great way to kick off the 2015 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. We hope you enjoy this day and join us for many more.

All Vendors, Event Grounds & Parking will be open at 5 PM on July 1st. In addition, Skerbeck Carnival will also open at 5 PM. Ride tickets must be purchased separately. Advanced discount wrist bands can be purchased online before June 1st. 

  • What: Community Kick-Off
  • When: July 1st, 2015 (Gates will be open from 5 - 10:30 PM)
  • Admission: FREE all day! 
  • Parking: $5 Per Car Load - Parking is good for the entire day so you can stay for the rest of the events going on that evening or leave and come back again later in the evening. What a great deal for the entire family! And remember, Admission is FREE and Parking per car load is $5 on that day!

Kid's Day Photo by Mia Geer


  • What: Battle Creek Field of Flight Children's Day Activities - Brought to you in part by MEIJER
  • When: July 1st, 2015 (5:30 PM) FREE Crafts and Gifts for the first 500 Kids!
  • Admission: FREE all day! 
  • Parking: $5 Per Car Load - Parking is good for the entire day so you can stay for the rest of the events going on that evening or leave and come back again later in the evening. What a great deal for the entire family! And remember, Admission is FREE and Parking per car load is $5 on that day! 


On July 1st, the Field of Flight spectators will have an hour to go out ON THE FIELD with the balloons and get up close and personal to the Hot-Air Balloons and their pilots as the balloons inflate on the launch field and remain tethered. Many people have been wanting to get up close & personal to the balloons over the years. Well, this is your chance and it will be ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Go on the field with the Hot-Air Balloons! Photo by Mia GeerJuly 1st, as part of our Community Kick-Off Day, will be the ONE & ONLY TIME during the 2015 event where you will be invited onto the launch field to meet balloonists and see the balloons close up. You definitely will NOT want to miss this opportunity. Make sure you bring your camera and video camera too.


  • What: Hot-Air Balloon Tether Where Spectators Can Come Onto The Launch Field
  • When: July 1st, 2015 (7:00 PM ONLY)
  • Where: Field of Flight Event Grounds at W.K. Kellogg Airport
  • Admission: FREE all day! 
  • Parking*: $5 per car load - Parking is good for the entire day so you can stay for the rest of the events going on that evening or leave and come back again later in the evening. What a great deal for the entire family! And remember, Admission is FREE and Parking per car load is $5 on that day!

FIREKEEPERS CASINO & HOTEL Presents Field of Rock Featuring the EPT Summer 2015 Tour! 

  • What: FIREKEEPERS CASINO & HOTEL Presents The EPT Summer 2015 Tour!
  • Who: Canadian Band "Hour 24", Indie-Pop Solo Artist "Gabe Kubanda", and Phoenix Female fronted Pop Rock "Halocene"!
  • When: July 1st, 2015 (7:30 PM)
  • Admission: FREE all day!
  • Parking: $5 Per Car Load - Parking is good for the entire day so you can stay for the rest of the events going on that evening or leave and come back again later in the evening. What a great deal for the entire family! And remember, Admission is FREE and Parking per car load is $5 on that day! So pack up your car and come on out to enjoy Community Kick-Off Day!

We hope by now you have marked July 1st on your calendar to come to Community Kick Off Day. See Wednesday's schedule for "Community Kick-Off Day". Remember, ADMISSION is FREE and Parking is $5 per car load! Where else can you get an ENTIRE EVENING of Family Fun for just $5? Movies? No! Ball Game? No! And remember, you can bring in coolers too! See Festival Guidelines for more info.

Gates will be open from 5 - 10:30 PM on July 1st.

Stay tuned and LIKE our Facebook Page for more announcements. Also see the complete Tentative Schedule for each day of the Field of Flight Air Show & Hot-Air Balloon Festival.

Fireworks Galore: HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! - JULY 3 & 4

Battle Creek Field of Flight 2013 Fireworks by Melrose PyrotechnicsThe Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival's Fireworks Display will take place on July 3rd at dusk. This display is one of the most popular features of the event. 

Over the years, the Fireworks Display has become a major draw itself and has been produced by greats like PyroTechno, the Grucci Brothers & Melrose Pyrotechnics. The fireworks display will be over 15 minutes long (one of the largest in the State of Michigan) and will be choreographed to Patriotic Music along with some pop, rock & country.

Don't miss the Booming Fireworks at this year's Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival at theW.K. Kellogg Airport

The 2015 Fireworks Display will be produced by the WORLD FAMOUS & AWARD WINNING Pyrotechnic Company Melrose Pyrotechnics. In fact, Melrose Pyrotechnics was awarded FIRST PLACE Trophy in one of the most prestigious pyrotechnic competitions in the world, the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition in Vietnam in 2013. The display that they plan and choreograph at the Field of Flight will no doubt be high tech, awe-inspiring, and phenomenal. The fireworks display will be on FRIDAY, JULY 3RD. A rain date is set for Saturday, July 4th. 






Ultimate Air Dogs Competition by former Detroit Tigers World Series Champion Pitcher Milt WilcoxWe're going to have Hot-Air Balloons, Cars, Airplanes and Air....Dogs? That's right, the Ultimate Air Dogs competition will be making a stop right here at the Battle Creek Field of Flight. This nationally recognized competition was formed by former Detroit Tigers World Series Champion Pitcher Milt Wilcox and has quickly become the premiere dock jumping organization in the country due to its down to earth attitude, grass-roots background, and ability to make every competitor feel welcome.

Lets face it, dogs are amazing creatures and we all love our dogs. This is an event you and your dogs can do together, if you preregister. And, if you don't have a dog to participate, then you can enjoy the amazing talents of these wonderful canines.

I'm Interested in Signing My Dog Up:

As long as your dog can swim, they can be a part of the event. Any size, any breed. Stay tuned right here for information on how to preregister your dog. In the meantime, if you are new to dock jumping, please visit this website: http://www.ultimateairdogs.com/eventsexplained.html


I'm Just Coming to Watch:

Great! There will be tons of spectators out there and dock jumping dogs are certainly a sight to see. From the massive air to the long distance they get, everyone will be amazed. We are certain that this event will make a "splash". The Ultimate Air Dogs competitionwill be taking place July 3rd, 4th & 5th. The cost to watch the competition is included with your admission. Come on out, pick a spot and be amazed!



Battle Creek Speed Fest

Racing fans, get ready for intense competitive action as the FIRST EVER BATTLE CREEK SPEED FEST takes to our taxiways.

Battle Creek SPEED FEST 1/2 Mile RaceCompetitors from all over the country will compete in the largest event of its kind in the State of Michigan. With over a half dozen racing sessions, you'll see all types of vehicles from exotics, to classics, to souped up bad boys putting the pedal to the metal to try to achieve the fastest speed and time, in just a 1/2 mile. These drivers will compete head to head to become the FIRST EVER SPEED FEST Champion, and maybe even go for a world record.

It's not just full throttle racing, but also a car show. Don't miss your chance to check out some amazing vehicles up close while they are on display. We truly have it all, entertainment in the air and on the ground!

If you love cars, then you will not want to miss this race. If you love being thrilled, then this is all for you. Don't miss this amazing, first ever event, taking place during the Battle Creek Field of Flight on July 3rd, 4th & 5th.

Website: BattleCreekSpeed.com


Hour 24 on Center StageComing to the Battle Creek Field of Flight as part of the Epic Proportions Tour (EPT) is the Canadian band "Hour 24". This band has the phenomenal vocal range of Rachel Mayer, and now they will be making a stop to perform in Battle Creek on July 1st. So don't miss their live concert at this year's Field of Flight on July 1st.



Gabe Kubanda on Center StageAcousting Indie Pop Star Gabe Kubanda will be making a stop in Battle Creek for the Field of Flight on July 1st as part of the Epic Proportions Tour (EPT).

This Arizona based indie star certainly knows music and everyone will enjoy his live acoustic performanceGabe is a talented singer/songwriter/musician that just has a love for music. As he continues to perfect his craft, it is no doubt that he is a major player heading for the big leagues. Whether it's a heart felt song that he wrote or a popular song that he is covering, everyone will surely enjoy his talent and stage presence.

Make sure you look for his sophomore album "FlowFailPrevail", which will be released in March 2015.


In 2008, three musicians met on Craigslist and began recording their first EP "The Secret". Since then, the band, which became known as "Halocene" opened for platinum selling artists Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy.....all without a label or management. This business-driven band will be stopping in Battle Creek to perform as part of the Epic Proportions Tour (EPT) on July 1st during the Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.

Halocene Band on Center StageComing to us form Phoenix, Arizona, Halocene is a band consisting of members Addie Nicole, Cash Hart, Brad Amick, Austin Amick & Justin Polizzi. This Pop/Rock/Barbie Metal band plans to "make it loud" in Battle Creek prior to our weekend air show. Besides opening for platinum selling artists, the band has released numerous albums including 2011's "Can You Hear Us Now?" which features the hit song "Sometimes". That one lead single launched the band into internet stardom along with numerous of their covers. This lead to the band going out on their own US Tours.

In 2014, they released their album "Make It Loud", an album that spans multiple genres but features lyrics that are personal and close to the heart.

Their concerts prove to be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone involved. With amazing talent, hard work and perseverance, this Halocene gives it all they have and just love performing. Don't miss Halocene at this year's Field of Flight on July 1st.


Returning to Battle Creek after a few year's absence is one of the most popular bands in the Battle Creek area...THE EDGE! This time, they're bringing a new vocalist along, the amazing Jackie King. Festival goers may recognize The Edge, a band that has appeared here numerous times INCLUDING the time they were our "Happy Hour" act opening for the Huge Double Concert in 2004 that featured Eddie Money and The Grand Funk Railroad.

The Edge began in 1980 as a five piece rock band and has evolved into a ten piece rhythm and blues ensemble. This version of the band includes:The Edge Featuring Vocalist Jackie King on Center Stage

  • Jackie King lead vocalist
  • Jim Oliver acoustic guitarist
  • Kjell Croce rhythm guitarist
  • Bob Wentworth lead guitarist
  • Andy Merrild bass guitarist
  • Bill Wentworth saxophonist
  • Jay Wentworth trumpeter
  • Brian Borders trombonist
  • Jeff Dallavalle keyboardist
  • Ron Taylor drummer

The band has performed on and off at the balloon championship for many years as well as the at the Battle Creek World’s Largest Breakfast Table, the Albion Festival of the Forks and the Marshall Blues Festival

So make sure you catch THE EDGE Featuring Jackie King on July 2nd!


Megan Rae on Center StageMegan Rae (Macher) was born on January 30th, 1996 in Kalamazoo, MI.  By the age of two, her parents discovered that Megan Rae had an uncanny ability to memorize lyrics, and sing on key.  As she got a little older, it became clear to her family and friends that Megan Rae had been blessed with the gift of song.  Megan Rae’s passion for music and her singing ability grew stronger with each passing day, and at six years old she made her first public appearance when she sang the National Anthem at a Kalamazoo Kings baseball game in front of over 3,000 people.  She became a regular guest soloist for both the Kings, and the Kalamazoo Wings semi-pro hockey team

Megan Rae on Center StageAnnual trips with her father to his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA took an interesting turn when her dad was reunited with his cousin, singer, songwriter, musician Ron ‘Hookstown’ Brown, at a family reunion.  Brown had a small recording studio in his home, and when he heard Megan Rae sing for the first time he knew that he was hearing something special.  According to Brown, “I’ve been writing, playing, and recording music for many years, and I wasn’t expecting anything more than making a fun little CD of cover songs as a keepsake for Megan.  But when she started singing, I just couldn’t believe that big, powerful voice was coming out of that little girl!  I knew we had to do something more, so we started writing songs for her”.  That’s how it all started.  Now fast forward to 2015. 

Megan Rae is only 19 years old, but she has accomplished much for someone so young.  At the age of 13, she began work on her self-titled debut album.  The album was produced by Robyn Robins, keyboard player and founding member of Bob Seger’s ‘Silver Bullet Band’.  Robins brought in past and present Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed (sax), Shaun Murphy (background vocals/harmonies), Drew Abbott (lead guitar) for recording.  He also reached out to Paul Warren, Rod Stewart’s long time lead guitar player, who gladly contributed his incomparable skills to the project.  And if that weren't enough, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad not only played and sang on the album, he also wrote one of the cuts (“Such A Good Thing”). Singer, songwriter, musician Vince Melamed, who has written several hit songs including Trisha Yearwood’s signature number one, “Walkaway Joe”, and Ty Herndon’s number one, “What Mattered Most”, also wrote one of the cuts (“Truth’s Been Told”)

Megan Rae Band on Center StageMegan Rae traveled to L.A. to shoot a music video for the first single from her CD.  It was filmed and directed by Jim Shea.  Shea has photographed and/or shot videos for Brad Paisley, Eagles, Jackson Browne, Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton John, and many, many other super stars.  The video has aired on TCN (The Country Network), and Megan Rae has been featured on RFD T.V.’s “Michigan Magazine Television”.  This small town Michigan girl has quickly emerged from the Midwest region as one of the most talked about female vocalists in years.  At the age of 16, she was named by the official magazine of The Country Music Association (Close Up) to their coveted annual list of “Who New To Watch”, along with Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Casey James, Thomas Rhett, Eric Paslay, and several other rising country music stars.

Megan Rae’s dynamic live show features a mix of old and new country favorites, classic rock standards, and her own original material, allowing her power, range, and vocal maturity to shine.

Notable Quotes:

“I believe in my heart that she (Megan Rae) will go far, EXTREMELY far”. ~ Taylor Swift

“Megan has the stuff!  She not only belts out the songs from her pretty lips but feels and expresses the music so the listeners can go on the journey with her…she’s a tender-hearted little gal in this big world with a lot to say…I am proud to have performed with her doing background vocals on her songs   along with Shaun Murphy.  How could anybody do anything but love her?  She’s great!” ~ Mark Farner…Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad

“Not since perhaps the Eagles stepping up to support Richard Marx’s debut in the 80’s, can I remember this level of support and peer acceptance for a new artist coming from such industry legends”. ~ Jim Della Croce…Mgr/Publicist Pathfinder Management and The Press Office Nashville

See Megan Rae on Center Stage on Friday, July 3.

Website at: www.meganraemusic.com
Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/meganraeband
Spotify: http://www.reverbnation.com/meganraemusic


Nashville Recording Artist Brenda Loomis will be performing at the Field of Flight on Friday, July 3rd with her talented band. Brenda, and her band, are well known throughout the region and perform terrific country concerts all over.

Brenda Loomis herself is an original country music recording artist and has worked with numerous stars including: Josh Gracin, Tim McGraw, Darryl Worley, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Bret Michaels, LeAnn Rhimes, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Leroy Parnell, Andy Griggs and Confederate Railroad, Allen & Ashcraft, Aaron Tippin and many more. Her vocals are unmatched and while she continues to sing with many other artists, she also fronts her own “smokin’ hot band”.

Brenda and her band perform a high energy country and classic rock show that includes covers of some of your favorites as well as some originals. Their performance is showmanship at its finest. Not only is Brenda’s voice unmatched, but her band features some amazing talent including:The Brenda Loomis Band
Paul Loomis: Keyboard & Harmony Vocals
Bob Cottom: Bass Guitar & Harmony Vocals
Jason Kime: Drums & Vocals
Billy Moran: Lead Guitar & Vocals
Jody Chelf: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals

So make sure you don’t miss your chance to experience this wonderful concert on Friday, July 3rd.


Post 530 and Ted Nugent Guitarist Verne Wagoner on Center StageOn July 4th, Center Stage will come alive with a LIVE CONCERT by popular band POST530!

Former Ted Nugent & DC Hawks guitarist Verne Wagoner fronts the band alongside the FAMOUS guitar he played as lead guitarist for Ted Nugent in fast paced years as a rock performerVerne, along with singer, bassist and keyboard player Larry DePaoli, singer and guitarist Dean Frantz and Drummer Robert Ramos perform a concert that is different than the typical rock band sound. What you get instead will be a completely unique, high energy classic rock and blues show that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. This high energy twist will surely get spectators dancing in the grass and singing along with some favorite tunes, all with a little POST530 twist. The experience is something that will not want to be missed.

So make sure you grab a seat and see POST530 in concert on the 4th of July!