Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival --- July 2 -6

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival - July 2 -6

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Kid's Day

Come Monkey Around at Kid's Day!

Come Monkey Around at Kid's Day!Kid's Day - Face Painting - Photo by Paul London 2013This year's Battle Creek Field of Flight Kid's Day activities is scheduled for Wednesday, July 2nd from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and is brought to you in part by MEIJER . All Kid's Day activities are FREE and are under a tent so weather will NOT stop the fun and games. Kids will be able to have activities ALL TO THEMSELVES!

Local businesses and organizations participate with free crafts, games and giveaways for the first 500 KIDS. Kids up to age 12 will go bananas for the free crafts, games and giveaways.
Win a Kid's Bike from Meijer
Thanks to MEIJER, we will wrap up the activities at 7:30 PM with a Bike Giveaway. Register to “WIN” a kid's bike!  Yes, one lucky girl and boy will get to go home with a brand new bike and helmetMust be present to win!!!

Meet the Balloonist out on the launch field prior to the first flight of the event and don’t forget to buy your Skerbeck Carnival Ride Wristbands online and in advance to save money! 

It will be one swinging good time for all Kids.

  • What: Battle Creek Field of Flight Kid's Day Activities - Brought to you in part by MEIJER
  • When: July 2rd, 2013 (5:30 - 7:30 PM)
  • Admission: FREE all day! Foot Traffic will be $5 per person.
  • Parking: $10 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 $10, maximum 10 people per car load, on that day! Foot Traffic will be $5 per person.

 

World Vision "Kisongo Trek"

Kisongo TrekFor the first time ever at the Field of Flight, “World Vision Kisongo Trek” will take visitors deep in the heart of Tanzania.

You’ll be able to experience an astonishing story of change through the eyes of 13-year-old Babayetu and his community.

This immersive experience starts with guests signing into a kiosk outside the trailer and receiving a bus ticket. After that, you are invited into the “Kisongo Trek”.

The sights and sounds of Africa are brought to life during this immersive experience using innovative technology, state-of-the-art cinematography, and captivating imagery. You’ll go on a bus ride down the roads of Tanzania, get an up-close glimpse of what it’s like to live in poverty, and discover proven solutions that help families build a better life.

Kisongo Trek will give you the opportunity to step into a world where poverty is in the past and children can look toward a bright future.

This 15-minute experience will show a life-changing partnership surrounded by home.
This experience is FREE, family friendly and open to the public.

Website: www.worldvisionexperience.org 

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

On July 2nd & July 3rd, America's Most Entertaining Lumberjack Show will be showcased at the Field of Flight. 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 coming to Battle CreekJust 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 years Field of Flight. You will have THREE chances to see the Great Lakes Timber Show-

  • July 2nd from 7 PM-8 PM
  • July 3rd from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
  • July 3rd from 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

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

 

 

 

 

Skeleton Krew on Center Stage

Skeleton Krew"The 80's Shall Never Die!" Experience the rockin' 80s with Skeleton Krew on July 3rd. 

Returning to the Field of Flight this year after a year absence will be the ever popular Skeleton Krew.  This local Battle Creek band will light up the stage this year with their terrific and rocking 80's showcase. This showcase will feature multiple sets made famous by bands from AC/DC to Whitesnake, with minimal downtime in between. 

Skeleton Krew has been a major hit in the community since their formation in 2007 by Bart Walker & Kerry Johnson, both of which toured with their own glam-rock bands in the 80's. The name Skeleton Krew was chosen because the band, at the time, was only a three piece band and literally a "skeleton crew".

Band Members:

  • Bart Walker (Drummer)
  • Dave Luna (Vocals)
  • Paul Stein (Lead Guitar)
  • Kerry Johnson (Bass Guitar) **Kerry has been our Event Sound System guy for many years via BC Sound Company**

Make sure you come on out for this ROCKIN' 80's show on July 3rd by the local band that always places at the annual Wheels of Thunder Battle of the Bands competition (including numerous first place wins).....SKELETON KREW!

Website: http://www.SkeletonKrewBand.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkeletonKrew

 

 

 

The Megan Rae Band

megan-rae-bandMegan 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 2014. 

Megan Rae is only 18 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”, also wrote one of the cuts (“Truth’s Been Told”).

Megan RaeMegan 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”. 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.

Regular trips to Nashville resulted in Megan Rae performing at some of the most famous honky tonks in the world, including Tootsies, The Stage, Layla’s, the legendary Bluebird Café, and others. In the fall of 2012, with the help of her father, Randy Macher, and his friend Paul Rogers (Drummer for the band ‘Project 32’), the Megan Rae Band was formed. Since then, Megan Rae and her incredibly talented band have rapidly developed a very loyal following and ever increasing fan base.

For now, music lovers in Michigan who are interested in finding out more about this young, shooting star can catch a live show. However, after graduating from high school in June of 2014, Megan Rae’s destiny will call her south to Nashville, where she will continue pursuing her dream.

Visit Megan's website at: www.meganraemusic.com
Visit Megan's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/meganraeband

Midnight Special: The Classic Rock Experience on Center Stage

The Classic Rock Experience Coming to Battle CreekGet ready to experience the ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK EXPERIENCE with the famous Midnight Special band. You'll have TWO chances to experience the band that was well received following last year's event. If you like songs from the 70s & 80s, then make sure that Wednesday, July 2nd (8:30-10:30 PM) & Thursday, July 3rd (8:30-10:30 PM) are marked down on your calendars.

This experience will be one of the most unique concert experiences we've ever had at the Field of Flight. This completely immersive concert experience will delight all in attendance. If you were alive in the 70s & 80s, you will relive those days with this authentic concert re-enactment. If you were born after those decades, then you will get to experience those decades through North America's Most Electrifying Classic Rock 'n' Roll Concert!

Complete with special effect lighting, smoke, fog, a staged setting and amazing rock clothing of the era, the band will perform a selection of legendary rock anthems by Queen, Styx, Boston, Journey, Elton John, Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Pink Floyd and many more.

What is even more amazing? Kids, be ready. If you ever dreamed of being a rock star of the 70s & 80s then you may get your chance to experience that dream. During the show, the band will perform a "Guitar Hero" segment where kids are invited up to the stage to jam with the band.

Midnight SpecialMidnight Special is an amazing band that has performed thousands of show for 36 years (that's right, they're from the 70s themselves) and they are an actual, very popular, band themselves. Their Classic Rock experience is just one of the many concert types they offer. All of their music is performed LIVE with no tracks or artificial intelligence...in other words...No Cheating! You won't want to miss this Amazing Rock Experience and High Energy Show of Non-Stop Epic Classic Cuts!

Band Members
-Kurt Dobkins ("KD")
-Gregg St. Charles
-Joey Von Richter
-Jeff "Jeffro" Koehnke
-David K. Geoffries

2 Special Days of Performances
Midnight Special Audio Sample

Website: http://www.midnightspeciallive.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MidnightSpecialLive
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/midnightspeciallive
YouTube Videos:
Long Time by Boston
Lady by Styx
Fortunate Son by CCR
More Than a Feeling by Boston
Booking Contact: ArmEntertainment.com

 

Billy Sloan on Center Stage

Country Fans, we hope you are ready for a GREAT concert experience featuring Billy Sloan, a "Southern born and bred" country singer and his band. He will be on Center Stage on July 4th from 8-9 PM and 9:30-10:30 PM.

Billy SloanBilly Sloan's voice range goes from floor to heaven and nothing is out of his comfort zone when it comes to his singing. This amazing performer insists that 90% of the music he performs with his band is "real country", something that is hard to find in the Northern parts of the United States. If you are a true country fan, then you are in for a real treat. Billy and his band will perform cover songs and add their own twist to them. In addition, they will also perform original material, which is even better than the covers they do. It's these original songs that have been sweeping the nation ensuring everyone has heard of Billy Sloan.Billy Sloan Southern Country on Center Stage

Billy's vocals, and his original material were critiqued by some of Nashville's top executives. Billy is well on his way to becoming a mainstream country star. Billy presently is signed by the record label TMG and will be releasing a new album this Spring. Make sure you listen to his music on Facebook & Reverbnation!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Billy-Sloan/340914576154 
Reverbnationhttp://www.reverbnation.com/billysloan 

 

NEW! Skerbeck Brothers Carnival

NEW CARNIVAL by SKERBECK BROTHERS SHOWSSkerbeck Brothers Carnival, Escanaba, MI

The Battle Creek Field of Flight will be having our ever-popular carnival midway back again this year but it is "under new management" so to speak. Skerbeck Brothers Shows, Inc. of Escanaba, Michigan will be providing an AMAZING array of rides, food and games for Battle Creek's premier annual event this year.

Twin Flip Ride - ONLY ONE IN NORTH AMERICA The 2014 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. There is something for everyone! The headlining ride of the 2014 Carnival will be the "Twin Flip". This ride was built in Italy and is the ONLY ONE IN NORTH AMERICA. This exhilarating ride features a structure that rotates around its vertical axis. From there, each group of gondolas rotates around each arm and each gondola rotates freely. Do you dare to challenge this unique thrill ride?

You can face your fear of heights as you plummet towards Earth on the "Mega Shot" free-fall tower; feel what it's like to hang glide on "Cliff Hangar"; go through a crazy Cuckoo House; play with your kids on numerous children rides, or take in the amazing aerial views from two fabulous Ferris Wheels. These rides, of course, are only a few of the many that you will be able to experience here at the carnival during the Field of Flight.

Buy Now - Special Online Discount Skerbeck Carnival TicketsSkerbeck Carnival offers high-tech advanced wristband purchasing for your convenience! Buy NOW and save over prices at the ticket box!  Significant savings are offered for single day ride wristbands!  And, you don’t want to miss out on the never before offered unlimited ride Mega Band!  Buy a Mega Band and ride unlimited for the entire festival!  This is an incredible value and it’s ONLY OFFERED ONLINEMust purchase before noon on July 2 – just click on the links below.

Skerbeck Brothers is a proud Michigan company based out of Escanaba and they are a leader in Michigan's amusement industry and are dedicated to their principles of professionalism and quality of operation.

Here are some of the awesome rides provided by Skerbeck Brothers Carnival that you can expect to see at this summer's Battle Creek Field of Flight:

Skerbeck Carnival - Cliffhanger Skerbeck Carnival - Cuckoo Haus Skerbeck Carnival - Mega ShotSkerbeck Carnival - Milligan Ferris Wheel Skerbeck Carnival - Spin the Apples Ride for Kids

2014 Skerbeck Carnival WILL BE OPEN DURING FESTIVAL HOURS on:

  • Wednesday, July 2
  • Thursday, July 3
  • Friday, July 4
  • Saturday, July 5

**THE CARNIVAL WILL NOT BE OPERATING ON SUNDAY, JULY 6TH**

2014 Carnival Prices:

  • SPECIALS AVAILABLE
  • ENJOY DEEP DISCOUNTS
  • PURCHASE BEFORE 12 NOON ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND 
  • NOTE: ALL SALES ARE FINAL

ONLINE EARLY BIRD CARNIVAL SPECIALS:

  • Battle Creek Field of Flight-MEGA BAND for Unlimited Carnival Rides: $75.00Buy Now - Special Online Discount Skerbeck Carnival Tickets
    This special is LIMITED TO ONLY 200 participants and saves MEGA amounts of money! Mega bands can be used for unlimited rides on EVERY DAY of the festival that the carnival is open (July 2nd-5th). This product is NOT available at the ticket boxes. This is an online offer ONLY and it must be purchased before 12 Noon on July 2nd. HURRY, this is a hot item and we expect it to sell out weeks in advance.
  • Battle Creek-Single Day Carnival Arm Band: $22.00
    This offer is a steep discount and anyone can purchase. All purchases must be made by 12 Noon on July 2nd. A Single Day Arm Band is valid for ONE day of the festival and features unlimited ride of the holder. This offer is NOT available at the ticket boxes. If purchasing tickets from ticket boxes during the event, you will be charged full price. Save some money and purchase today!
  • Purchase Advanced Discount Carnival Tickets Online

ON-SITE CARNIVAL TICKET BOX PRICES:

  • 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
  • Pricing for Single Day Unlimited Ride Armbands:
    Wednesday, July 2: $25
    Thursday, July 3: $25
    Friday, July 4: $30
    Saturday, July 5: $30

Website: Skerbeck Brothers Shows
Facebook: Skerbeck on Facebook

Fireworks Galore: HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Battle Creek Field of Flight 2013 Fireworks by Melrose Pyrotechnics The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival will celebrate our nation's Independence Day "in-style" with the annual Fireworks Display. 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 (making it the third 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 as we say Happy 238th Birthday America at this year's Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival at the W.K. Kellogg Airport.

The 2014 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 4th at 10:30 PM. A rain date is set for Saturday, July 5th. 

Website: http://www.melrosepyro.com/home.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelrosePyro

 

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