2017 Battle Creek Field of Flight

June 29, 2017 through July 4, 2017

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Schedule

Sponsoring this event is the perfect way to get your company or business connected deeper with the community and is a great promotional opportunity for your business. You will get recognition in our event program, on our event grounds, website, Facebook and many other ways. Become part of this family event that helps present one of the Nation’s LARGEST Air Show & Balloon Festivals. Thank you to all of our Official Sponsors!

Call 269-962-0592 for information about being a Sponsor.

OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Battle Creek Enquirer


Blufish


Bronson Healthcare | Bronson Battle Creek Hospital


Capital Catering


Dan Henry Distributing


Duncan Aviation


Dan Henry Distributing


Miller Lite Beer


Kellogg's


LifeCare


Parker Hannifin website


Post Cereals website


Waste Management


WIN 98.5 Your Country!


Western Michigan University College of Aviation

  Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors Bureau

Visit the CCVB for all your
Overnight Accommodations
and Special Events!

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Quality by Choice Hotels
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Entertainment

Skerbeck Entertainment Group Family Carnival - June 29 - July 4

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 6 days in 2017 - June 29 - July 4th, with an AMAZING array of rides, food and games for Battle Creek's premier annual event.

Skerbeck Entertainment Super Nova 360

The 2017 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 Entertainment Group returning is their endless rotation of rides. Running different traveling packs, some rides will be different than what was on-site the last few years. So make sure you come on out and try out what we didn't have on-hand previously.
Skerbeck Entertainment Group 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.  These discounts must be purchased by 12 noon on Thursday, June 29th!

2017 CARNIVAL LINEUP

Skerbeck Carnival - Milligan WheelSkerbeck Carnival - Carousel Ride

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 June 29 - July 4, 2017.
According to Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director for Skerbeck Entertainment Group, “The Battle Creek Field of Flight has become one of our favourite shows.  The spectators and customers are all so nice and they really responded to the quality of our midway, and especially to the deep discounts we provided with our online advanced sale promotion.  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.”
Other features of the family-friendly midway will include customer amenities such as ATMs, hand-washing stations, misting fans, and plenty of covered seating.

Website: Skerbeck Entertainment Group
Facebook: Skerbeck Entertainment Group on Facebook

 

TIM DYSON FMX MOTORCYCLE STUNT SHOW

Tim Dyson FMXGet ready to get on your feet and hold on to your hats, Tim Dyson and friends will be riding into town again this summer for an encore performance! It's one of the most amazing FMX Motorcycle Stunt shows that you have ever seen!

Tim Dyson FMXFrom X-Games athletes to upcoming talent, this FMX team will take to the airports taxiways as well as ramps setup to provide the ultimate experience in FMX motorcycle stunt shows! You will remain in awe as these bikes go soaring sky high and their riders pull off impressive feats both in the air and on the ground!

If you are looking for amazing thrills while you are at the Battle Creek Field of Flight, then look no further than Tim Dyson's FMX Stunt Show!

 

The FMX Motorcycle Stunt Show will take place DAILY June 29 - July 4. Check our tentative schedule of events for times.

 

Website: http://www.timdysonfmx.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzM_8VxHrnM

Kid's Day - June 30

A day just for Kids? Well, yeah. But it's a day for families too!

Battle Creek Field of Flight Kids Day! Image by Patti VaharyFor 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!

All Vendors, Event Grounds & Parking will be open at 5 PM on June 30th. 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 29th. 

 We'll have our first evening Balloon Flight on the evening of Thursday, June 30th and we'll have performances by both the Great Lakes Timber Show as well as the Tim Dyson FMX Motorcycle Stunt Team. Award Winning Don Middlebrook will also be taking to the stage with his band The Pearl Divers.

KID'S DAY!

But, the main highlight of the evening will be the fact that it is Kid's Day! From 5 PM to 7 PM, we will have tons of activities for Kids. From games, to special kids activities, to prizes, this will be a time that will absolutely put a smile on the faces of your children. Make sure that you register for the chance to WIN A NEW BIKE!

Great Lakes Timber Show

The Great State of Michigan is very proud of its' lumbering past. So what better way to celebrate it than with the Great Lakes Timber Show? Great Lakes Timber Show Log Rolling - Image by Patti Vahary
America's Most Entertaining Lumberjack Show will be showcased at the Field of Flight EVERY DAY OF THE 2017 EVENT. Be amazed as you see what the best lumberjacks in the nation have to offer. We guarantee a good time and good, clean family fun.

The Great Lakes Timber Show includes:

  • Chainsaw Carving (Watch them carve a chair out of a log)
  • Axe Throwing (Who doesn't find axes flying through the air at a target interesting?)
  • Two-Man Crosscut Sawing (Teamwork at its finest)
  • Modified Chainsawing (Makes things a bit more difficult)
  • Log Rolling (One of the most fun aspects of the event. Two people, one log, who will last the longest? You may even have a chance to challenge the log)

Great Lakes Timber Show Log Rolling - Image by Patti Vahary Just ask our fans who have attended this show in the past. Rave reviews, fun and absolutely hilarious. They are loved at the Field of Flight. Just how professional and talented are the performers? Each one of them are World Champion Loggers and Lumberjacks. They are simply the best in their respective fields.

Make sure you don't miss this AMAZING Lumberjack Show as it is featured at this year's Field of Flight. So we'll have tons of timber fun for all! Remember, the Great Lakes Timber Show will have DAILY SHOWINGS in 2017, this is different than in past years. In addition, each show will vary, so you will want to make sure you see every single one! Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for Show Times.

Website: http://www.laughsandlures.com/TimberShow.html

Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5K

Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5kThe Battle Creek Half Marathon and 5K is Battle Creek's only half marathon. Starting at Territorial Brewing Company, participants will run to and through the grounds of the Field of Flight and experience the balloons launching in addition to the Field of Flight attractions. Runners will then continue on the beautiful streets and boulevards of Battle Creek for a fairly flat, scenic course before finishing back at Territorial Brewing Company. The time limit for completing the half marathon course is 3 and 1/2 hours, or 16 min/mile average pace. The event will kickoff at 7 AM on Saturday, July 1. Please stay tuned for registration info as well as all additional info.

TWO FIREWORKS SHOWS!

Fireworks by Melrose Pyro - Image taken by Ihor BalabanThe Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is proud to announce that there will be TWO EVENINGS of Fireworks Displays. Our Fireworks displays are one of the most popular features of the event. Our 2017 Fireworks Displays will take place on the following dates & time(s)

SATURDAY, JULY 1 at 10:30 PM (dusk) with a rain date of July 2nd if need be.

TUESDAY, JULY 4 at 10:30 PM (dusk). There will be NO RAIN DATE for the July 4th show.

Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for More Info!

Fireworks by Melrose Pyro - Image taken by Ihor BalabanOver 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 displays will each be over 15 minutes long (one of the largest in the State of Michigan) and will feature a low show and a high show and will be choreographed to Patriotic Music along with some pop, rock & country.

Don't miss BOTH of the Booming Fireworks at this year's Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival at the W.K. Kellogg AirportJULY 1 & 4

The Fireworks Displays 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.

 

 

 

BATTLE CREEK SPEEDFEST 1/2 MILE RACE

Battle Creek SPEED FEST 1/2 Mile RaceRacing fans, get ready for a repeat performance of intense competitive action as the BATTLE CREEK SPEEDFEST takes to our taxiways.

 

Competitors 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 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!

;">Battle Creek SPEED FEST 1/2 Mile Race 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 event taking place during the Battle Creek Field of Flight!

The 2017 Speedfest will run June 30 - July 4. Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for times.

Website: BCSpeedFest.com

THE MEGAN RAE BAND

Megan Rae on Center Stage - Image by Patti VaharyMegan 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

Annual 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 2017. 

Megan Rae is only 21 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 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

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

July 4 - The Jake Kershaw Band

The Jake Kershaw Band will be making their Field of Flight debuts in 2016 as well. This band has been taking the Michigan Blues community by storm.


Jake Kershaw BandJake Kershaw is a performer with heart. He has the raw talent, the feel, the soul and the drive of some of the most popular blues musicians in history...from Stevie Ray Vaughn to BB King. Jake spent his entire lifetime playing the guitar and fell in love with blues music in 2014 after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Since then, Jake and his three-piece band have become an unstoppable force that everyone flocks to see! And did we mention that Jake is only FIFTEEN YEARS OLD? That's right, he is a Fresham in high July 4th The Jake Kershaw Bandschool in Marshall, Michigan. He truly "blows the roof off the joint" and many have said he will be a blues monster by the time he is 20.

Terry Oosterhart is the bassist for the band. He is a veteran of the Michigan music scene and is an excellent singer in his own right.

Ryan McFadden is the drummer and he has been playing drums for twelve years. His influence is Rush's Neal Pert and Duncan Phillips of the Newsboys.

Do not miss this rare young powerhouse musician and his talented band at this year's Field of Flight as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series on July 4th. Jake Kershaw Band in Concert on July 4th

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Battle Creek Community Foundation

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!