Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

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Media Registration Letter

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival


March 20, 2014


It’s time to get ready for this summer’s Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, July 2-6 and we hope you will join us for a week of “news” and community excitement! 

The Publicity Committee is all geared up to assist you with any and all coverage!  We have special viewing reserved; and we are prepared to schedule interviews from the US Air Force Thunderbirds to the Air Show Performers; from the US Balloonists to the Brazilian Balloonist; from Skerbeck Carnival to Special Entertainers; from Vendors to Volunteers!  Just let us know your flight plan and we will be thrilled to accommodate all your needs!

If you have not had the chance to completely check out our website and the Tentative Schedule of Events, please do so!  I’m sure you will agree that it is going to be five busy days/nights!  Here are some of the highlights:

  • 52 Hot-Air Balloonists from the USA, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan.
  • Five Hour Air Show featuring the US Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Team.
  • Fabulous Entertainment – Midnight Special, the ULTIMATE ROCK Experience and
  • Billy Sloan, COUNTRY at its best… BOOT-SCOOTIN-BOOGIE!
  • All New Skerbeck Family Carnival featuring amazing rides and games for the entire family.
  • Food Vendors featuring Gabby’s Famous Rib’s, Fire Kissed Pizza and more!
  • Balloon Night Illumes
  • Twilight & Night Air Show with PYRO
  • July 4th Melrose Fireworks

Please understand that Media Passes will be granted to bona fide media only such as Radio Stations, TV Stations, Newspapers, Weekly Publications, Magazines, etc.  All we need you to do is complete the Media Registration Form and hit the “SEND Button” located at the bottom of the Registration Form.  That will automatically send your registration form to the balloon office in care of the Publicity Committee.

We will mail out all Media Credentials sometime in June.  The Credentials packet we send you will be for the first day that you plan to attend.  Therefore, upon entering the South Entrance Gate (located off South Airport Road) you will see us located just to the West of this Gate.  All information will be in your Credentials packet.

Thank you so much for your help in promoting Battle Creek’s premiere event and remember the Publicity Committee is here to handle all your needs!

We are all looking forward to working with you!

The Publicity Team Contacts:
Patti Mitchell, Chair    
Brett Bailey, Co-Chair            
Nancy Edwards, Co-Chair        
Marc & Barb Coppins, Co-Chairs
Barb Haluszka, Executive Director
Office:  269-962-0592; Fax:  269-962-8687

New Carnival Provider: Skerbeck Brothers Shows


Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director
Skerbeck Brothers Shows, Inc.
P.O. Box 1062
Escanaba, MI 49829

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival Announces Change to a New Carnival Provider for 2014

Battle Creek, MI – The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival has selected a new carnival company for the event in 2014.  Skerbeck Brothers Shows, Inc., based in Escanaba, Michigan, will be the midway provider for the city’s premier annual festival, occurring at the W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek from July 2-6, 2014.   

According to Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director for Skerbeck Brothers Shows, “We are so pleased to be selected as the new carnival vendor for this outstanding festival.  Battle Creek has an incredible reputation for balloonists and the presence of our Armed Forces at the air show is a privilege for us all.  This festival is unique and special.  What a joy it is to be able to celebrate these American traditions over the Independence Day holiday weekend!   Our company understands the importance of tradition too, we’ve been in business for about 160 years entertaining Americans.  So, it is great for us to partner with the festival to provide the carnival midway.  It is our goal to create a midway full of thrills and family-oriented fun.”  

Skerbeck Brothers Shows plans to bring a wide array of high quality rides to the event, with spectacular pieces for thrill-goers as well as numerous rides catering to families with children. One new carnival attraction for the festival is a spectacular ride called the Twin Flip, which is an enormous dazzler that moves on two trucks.  It is the only one in North America and has been very popular since it was purchased in 2013.  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 2 and 3, and $30 on July 4 and 5.  (The carnival midway will not be open on July 6 due to a previous commitment). 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 before noon on July 2.  The purchases must be made online using the festival’s website.  Customers can buy single-day unlimited ride passes for only $22, and good-all-festival Mega passes for $75.  This is a great value and is immensely popular at other Skerbeck events.  The online purchasing option provides customers with an excellent discount and eases the burden of making large purchases onsite at the festival, enabling purchases using credit card as well. 

For information about Skerbeck Brothers Shows, Inc. Contact:  sonja(at) and be sure to visit our website at and LIKE their Facebook Page.

For information about Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, contact: 
Barbara Haluszka at 269-962-0592 and be sure to visit their website at

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