Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival --- July 1 - 5, 2015

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival -
July 1 - 5, 2015

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Battle Creek SPEED FEST 1/2 Mile Race - July 3-5

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. 

Ultimate Air Dogs Competition - July 3-5

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 pre-register. 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 pre-register your dog. In the meantime, if you are new to dock jumping, please visit this website:


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 competition will 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!


Take Me To The Pilot on Center Stage

Coming to the Battle Creek Field of Flight as part of the Epic Promotions Tour (EPT) is the popular Canadian Pop/Rock band "Take Me To The Pilot". This Manitoba based band has been making a huge splash in North America, and now they will be making a stop to perform in Battle Creek on July 1st.

Take Me To The Pilot Band on Center StageEver since their first EP release "What Makes You", Take Me To The Pilot has become a hit band on the music scene. Shortly after touring Canada and finishing up their first US tour in 2013, band members Mike Bilenki, Adam Brown, Eric Grabowecky & Jonathan James returned to writing music that would define the band's identity.

What resulted was the big hit single "What They Ask For" (produced by the Rezza Brothers). Instead of shooting for an album release though, the band elected to release multiple singles over the next few years, reflecting the changing landscape of the music industry. Each single, just like the ones that came before, co-written and co-produced by leading industry veterans. There is no denying that this pop/rock band has established themselves in the music industry and will continue to grow as they tour the world.

When it comes down to it, as band member Mike Bilenki states, "More than anything, we love to play live". So don't miss their hit music that is sweeping the continent along with their live concert at this year's Field of Flight on July 1st.

Gabe Kubanda on Center Stage

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 Promotions Tour (EPT).

This Arizona based indie star certainly knows music and everyone will enjoy his live acoustic performance. Gabe 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.

Halocene on Center Stage

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 Promotions 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.

The Edge Featuring Vocalist Jackie King on Center Stage

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!

Post 530 and Ted Nugent Guitarist Verne Wagoner on Center Stage

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 performer. Verne, 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

Skerbeck Entertainment Group Carnival

Carnival by SKERBECK ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, Inc.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.

Twin Flip Ride - ONLY ONE IN NORTH AMERICA 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. Stay tuned for more information on how to purchase later. 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 5Individual 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

Fireworks Galore

Battle Creek Field of Flight 2013 Fireworks by Melrose Pyrotechnics The 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 (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 at this year's Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival at the W.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 at 10:30 PM. A rain date is set for Saturday, July 4th. 



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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 tributeThank you for the support!

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