2016 Battle Creek Field of Flight

June 29, 2016 through July 4, 2016

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Wacky Wednesday & Community Kick-Off Day - June 29

Come on out for Community Kick-Off Day/Wacky Wednesday on June 29th this year. We're going to kick-off the event with amazing style and in great value with a family fun night out! Admission will be FREE for everyone and parking will be FREE as well.

Wacky Wednesday

The highlight of the day will be "Wacky Wednesday". This will be the ONLY time during the entire event that you will be able to taste some of the terrific food offered at a discounted price! So make sure you Wacky Wednesday Vendor Specials. Photo by Sue Stirlingcome hungry so you can experience what many air show fans have dubbed the "Best Air Show Food". 


Best Around Food Booths will be Offering

  • $2 Corn Dogs
  • $3 Sausage Dogs
  • $3 Funnel Cakes
  • $3 Elephant Ears
  • $3 Fried Cheese
  • $3 Saratoga Chips

Gabby's will be Offering

  • $2.00 off Dinners with purchase of Large Fountain Drink
  • Value Meal (Hamburger, Hot Dog or 6" Corndog, French Fries & Small drink for ONLY $6.00)

Big Creamalot will be offering

  • $1.00 off all items!!

Schlotzsky's will be offering

  • A FREE bag of chips with purchase of a sandwich and soft drink

Beaches Concessions will be offering

  • $2.00 for a Small Carmel Corn

Ibison will be offering

  • $1.00 off Elephant Ears & Funnel Cakes; $1.00 off Strawberry Shortcake & Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes 

Fire Kissed Pizza will be offering

  • $5.00 Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizzas and $5.00 Pepperoni & Cheese Pizzas

Red Chili Pepper Cafe and B & S Sweet Treats will be offering specials on Specialty Items

YUM! So grab some discounted food (available at ALL of our booths) as part of Wacky Wednesday and then sit back, relax and enjoy our Community Kick-Off Day activities.


Community Kick-Off Day

We'll have tons of activities going on as part of our FREE Community Kick-Off Day. First and foremost, make sure you take advantage of the great deals that Skerbeck Carnival has and purchase your wristbands in advance and enjoy riding rides amongst the other activities we have on the schedule. Make sure you catch the FMX Motorcycle Stunt Show and Great Lakes Timber Show! Enjoy terrific food, check out all the displays and crafts and then rock the night away with LIFE SUPPORT in concert. It's a terrific evening of entertainment that is perfect for the entire family! Community Kick Off Day Photo by Ihor Balaban



Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5K

Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5kThe Battle Creek Half Marathon and 5K is Battle Creek's first and 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 while getting an up close view of the Thunderbirds as they are running by 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. All half marathon registrations include a t-shirt, a completion medal, a parking pass and TWO tickets for entry to the Field of Flight on the day o the event. Run, clean up, grab a friend and enjoy all the festival has to offer.

The 5K will begin at Territorial Brewing Company. Runners will make their way to the Field of Flight where they will run the runways while watching balloons launch (weather permitting) and get an up close view of the Thunderbirds and other Field of Flight attractions before heading back to Territorial Brewing Company to the finish line. All 5k registrations include a t-shirt, a parking pass and ONE ticket for entry to the Field of Flight on the day of the event. Run the grounds then go back to enjoy all that the festival has to offer.

Interested in participating in the Half-Marathon or 5K? Visit Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5K to register and for more information. Registration cutoff is June 29th. Half-Marathon registration is $70 (plus processing fee) and the 5K is $40 (plus processing fee). Club membership discounts (Kalamazoo Area Runners and Cereal City Athletics) are available.


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 2016 - June 29 - July 4th, with an AMAZING array of rides, food and games for Battle Creek's premier annual event.


The 2016 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 two year. 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.


Skerbeck Carnival - Milligan WheelSkerbeck 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, 2016.

According to Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director for Skerbeck Entertainment Group, “We had a great run at the festival in 2015.  Customers 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.”Skerbeck Carnival - Carousel Ride

 Other features of the family-friendly midway will include customer amenities such as ATMs, hand-washing stations, misting fans, and plenty of covered seating.


Sheet of 50 Tickets: $50.00
Rides will need between 2-6 tickets per ride


Pay-one-price wristbands will be available on every day of the festival.


  • Wednesday, June 29 5pm - 10pm $25
  • Thursday, June 30 5pm - 10pm $25
  • Friday, July 1 12pm - 10:30pm $25
  • Saturday, July 2 11am - 11pm $30
  • Sunday, July 3 11am - 10:30pm $30
  • Monday, July 4 11am - 11pm $30


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


Kids Day - June 30

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

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 

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.Go on the field with the Hot-Air Balloons! Photo by Mia Geer 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.




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!Kid's Day Photo by Mia Geer



TWO FIREWORKS SHOWS! Saturday July 2 & Monday July 4

Fireworks by Melrose PyroFireworks by Melrose Pyro

That's right! TWO ENTIRE FIREWORKS SHOWS! For 2016, The 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. Both Fireworks shows will begin at dusk and will be on Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4. The raindate for the Saturday fireworks will be Sunday, July 3. There will be no rain date for the July 4 fireworks.

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 displays will each 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 BOTH of the Booming Fireworks at this year's Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival at the W.K. Kellogg Airport

The 2016 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. The fireworks displays will be on SATURDAY, JULY 2 and MONDAY, JULY 4. The raindate for the Saturday fireworks will be Sunday, July 3. There will be no rain date for the July 4 fireworks.




FMX June 29 - July 1Get ready to get on your feet and hold on to your hats, Tim Dyson and friends will be riding into town this summer and performing one of the most amazing FMX Motorcycle Stunt shows that you have ever seen!

FMX June 29 - July 1From 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 Field of Flight, then look no further than Tim Dyson's FMX Stunt Show...performing June 29th, June 30th & July 1st!

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 June 29th, 30th & July 1st, 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. Once again, they will be performing their FULL Timber Shows June 29th through July 1st!


But HOLD IT! That's not all! They'll also stick around and do carvings July 2nd & 3rd. So we'll have tons of timber fun for all!


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







Racing fans, get ready for intense competitive action as the 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 SPEEDFEST 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 1 - 4!

Website: BCSpeedFest.com

June 29 - LIFE SUPPORT Band

Life Support is a High Energy Variety band from DeWitt, Michigan and they will be making their Field of Flight debuts on June 29th, 2016 during our "Community Kick-Off Day" & "Wacky Wednesday" activities. 

Life Support in Concert on June 29The band features Nikki Fowler on lead vocals, Ricky Nalett on keyboards and vocals, Bob Giunta on guitar and vocals, and Donny Brown on drums and vocals. Combined, they have over 140 years of combined performing experience. The band has performed numerous times on Mackinac Island and was one of the premiere bands at "The Beer Barrel" in Put-In-Bay for several years. Their song list is full of variety and is complete with songs that are jazz standards to classic rock, country to present artists...this band covers so many genres that everyone will be pleased with the music they are performing.

 So make sure you check out LIFE SUPPORT, in concert, as part of our Field of Rock on June 29th.Life Support in Concert on June 29

June 30 - Don Middlebrook & The Pearl Divers

Don Middlebrook (Trop Rock Music Association "Songwriter of the Year" and his experienced band, the Pearl Divers are presently on their "Songs from Talespin Bay" tour that is kicking off in Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers in Concert on June 30Florida. Their tour will bring them to perform at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival this summer.

 "Songs from Talespin Bay" is the bands latest album was nominated by the TRSA for Album of the Year and their song "The Legend of Sunny Jim" was nominated for Song of the Year. This band of great, award-winning musicians will give you their tropical feeling, Florida Keys type concert in Battle Creek this summer. Inspired by Jimmy Buffet, this band will give you a unique style of music that you won't find anyone else performing in Michigan. Seriously, this is the real deal! If you like Jimmy Buffet, then you will enjoy this concert.

 So make sure you check out Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers as part of this year's Field of Rock concert series on June 30th. Don Middlebrook and the Pearl Divers in Concert on June 30

July 1 - Tony Fields with Doug Decker & Jeff Starr

Tony Fields, Doug Decker & Jeff Starr will be returning to the Field of Flight this summer and will bringing their amazing talent and showmanship!

Tony Fields, Doug Decker and Jeff Starr in Concert on July 1This trio are among the most versatile entertainers around. Complete with guitar, keyboards and vocals, they cover such a broad range of music...from motown, soul, jazz, blues, R&B to much more! Be prepared to sing along with some wonderful songs and even get on your feet and dance the evening away with some of the most entertaining musicians in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area.

 The three performers are masters in their respective skill set. Tony Fields, a Battle Creek Native, is well-known for his smooth, souful vocals. Doug Decker is an audience favorite that is simply phenomenal on the keyboards and piano. Jeff Starr is known as one of the best guitarists in Michigan. When you put the three together, you know you are in for a treat!!

 So make sure you don't miss Tony Fields, Doug Decker & Jeff Star in concert as part of our Field of Rock Concert series on July 1st.Tony Fields, Doug Decker and Jeff Starr in Concert on July 1

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.


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