2015 Battle Creek Field of Flight

Air Show and Balloon Festival

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  Battle Creek/Calhoun County Visitors Bureau

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Holiday Inn

Host Hotel for the Air Show Performers and Balloonists
Comfort Inn
Host Hotel for the BC SpeedFest Race


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  • The Best Around – Featuring Philly Steak & Chicken, Chicken on Stick, Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Fries, Nachos, Hamburgers, Saratoga Chips, Sausage Dogs, Beverages.
  • Gabby’s Famous BBQ – Featuring BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Chicken Sandwiches, BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Burgers, Corn Dogs, Fries, Hot Dogs, Kabobs, Philly Steak, Salads, Turkey Legs, Rice, Beans, Beverages.
  • Beach Concessions – Featuring Candy Apples, Carmel Apples, Carmel Corn, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Sno Cones, Beverages.
  • The Best Around – Featuring Philly Steak, Chicken on Stick, Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Philly Chicken, Fries, Nachos, Hamburgers, Saratoga Chips, Sausage Dogs, Beverages.
  • Schlotzsky’s – Featuring Chicken Wraps, Deli Sandwiches, Chips, Beverages.
  • Ibison Concessions – Featuring Cheese Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Corn Dogs, French Fries, Pretzels, Elephant Ears, Floats, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Shakes, Beverages.
  • The Best Around – Featuring Pizza, Nachos, Lemon Shake Ups, Beverages.
  • The Best Around – Featuring Flowering Onion, Fried Veggies, Onion Rings, Corn Dogs, Beverages.
  • The Best Around – Featuring Philly Steak & Chicken, Chicken on Stick, Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Fries, Nachos, Hamburgers, Saratoga Chips, Sausage Dogs, Beverages.
  • Gabby’s Kitchen – Featuring Chicken Tenders, Wings, Corn Dogs, Fries, Curly Fries, Beverages.
  • The Best Around – Featuring Elephant Ears, Funnel Cakes, Lemon Shake Ups, Beverages.
  • The Best Around – Featuring Elephant Ears, Funnel Cakes, Lemon Shake Ups, Beverages.
  • Fire Kissed Pizza – Featuring awesome homemade pizzas with a variety of toppings, Beverages.
  • Big Kahuna’s – Featuring Frozen Custard, Shakes, Floats, Razzles, Sundaes, Apple Dumplings, Frozen Cheese Cake, Beverages.
  • Ibison Concessions – Featuring Cheese Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Corn Dogs, French Fries, Pretzels, Elephant Ears, Floats, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Shakes, Beverages.
  • Red Chili Pepper Café – Featuring Mexican Food and beverages.
  • B & S Concessions – Featuring Mini Donuts on a stick!
  • A & B Concessions - Schnitzels n Giggles - Featuring Austro/German Cuisine - Feed your inner Bavarian with German Bratwurst, Pepper Brat, Schnitzel on a Stick, Potato Pancakes, Pommes Frites (French Fries) with Country Gravy, Beverages.
  • Outlaw Fries - Featuring Fresh Cut Fries with various toppings, Onion Straws, Fried Pickles, Fried Jalapeno Pepper Slices, Nachos, Chicken & Fries, Beverages.
  • Walker's Hot Rod Grill Concessions - Featuring Burgers, Cheese Fries, Chili Cheese Fries, Chili Dogs, Fries, Hot Dogs, Sausage Dogs, Nachos, Saratoga Chips, Steak Sandwich, Walking Tacos, Tacos, Beverages.


Brat Platter Schnitzels n Giggles Girls - German Cuisine A & B Concessions - Austro/German Cuisine Schnitzels n Giggles - German Cuisine

"FEED YOUR INNER BAVARIAN" - Award Winning Austro/German Cuisine from Schnitzels n Giggles!

  • Chef Bob's Bratwurst - Fresh Bratwurst (German Sausage) on a roll
  • Smoked Brat - Smoked Bratwurst on a roll
  • Kraut Brat - Bratwurst on a roll topped with Chef's Special Sauerkraut
  • Pepper Brat - Bratwurst on a roll topped with Onions & Peppers
  • Double up Brat - Bratwurst on a roll topped with Sauerkraut and Onions & Peppers
  • Best "Wurst" Platter - 2 Brats served with Sauerkraut, a roll & Fries
  • Schnitzel on a Stick - Flattened, Lightly Hand Breaded, Pork or Chicken on a Stick
  • Schnitzel Platter - Breaded Chicken or Pork Cutlet served with Red Cabbage, a roll & Fries
  • Schnitzel Sandwich - Breaded Chicken or Pork Cutlet served on a roll with choice of topping, Red Cabbage or Sauerkraut
  • Potato Pancakes - Fresh made Potato Pancakes with a side of Sour Cream or Applesauce
  • Hand-cut Pommes Frites (French fries)
  • Frites with Country Gravy
  • Frites with Cheese
  • Frites with Chili & Cheese
  • Delicious Sauerkraut - A bowl of Kraut mixed with sauteed Onions, Bacon & Apples
  • Red Cabbage - A bowl of Red Cabbage Braised with Onions & Apples
  • Pickle
  • Beverages - Soda, Water, Gatorade, Lemonade, Red Bull, Iced or Hot Tea & Coffee  

Website: http://www.schnitzelsngiggles.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schnitzelsngiggles 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/schnitzlngiggle 


B & S Concessions - Mini DonutsMelt in your mouth Mini Donuts will be at this year's Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival! B & S Concessions will be bring their made to order, melt in your mouth, gourmet mini donuts to the festival this year! Stop by the booth for these irresistible treats!


  • Sack $5.00
  • Bucket $10.00


  • Buttermilk
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Gingerbread
  • Apple Cider


  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Maple
  • Cream Cheese
  • Bavarian Cream
  • Whipped Topping


  • Strawberry
  • Caramel
  • White Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter


  • Sprinkles
  • Nuts
  • Candies
  • Coconut


  • Deep Fried Candy Bars, Cookies & Treats
  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Pop
  • Water


Beach Concessions Beach Concessions has been in the concessions business since 1984 and have been a food vendor at the Battle Creek Field of Flight since 1988 and have enjoyed every year. Stop by and see us and we will be sure to sweeten your taste! We serve the finest in:

  • Caramel Corn
  • Popcorn
  • Cotton Candy
  • Caramel Apples
  • Candy Apples



Red Velvet - The Best Around Food ConcessionsBlooming Onion - The Best Around Food ConcessionsSaratoga Fries - The Best Around Food Concessions

Best Around, Inc Food Concessions are family owned and operated by the McGrath Family. They started the business in 1978. We have over twenty units available and ready to offer a variety of products, including: The Best Around Food Concession - McGrath Family owned

  • Elephant Ears
  • Saratoga Fries
  • Red Velvet
  • Flowering Onion
  • Funnel Cakes
  • Chili & Cheese Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Burgers
  • Steak & Sausage
  • Philly Steak
  • Philly Chicken
  • Corn Dogs
  • Chicken on a Stick
  • Cheese on a Stick
  • Deep Fried Veggies
  • Pizza
  • Nachos
  • Lemon Shake Up Lemonade
  • and more...

Lemon Shake Up Lemonade - The Best Around Food Concessions

We designed the units ourselves to meet the strictest health codes and to be the most efficient for fast, quality customer service. We work several large state fairs and have equipped our units for high volume sales. Our equipment is immaculately clean, modern, and well maintained. Our employees are friendly and oriented towards quality customer service.

Although we have received many "Best Service & Appearance" Awards, our highest honor is our satisfied customers. We take great pride in serving patrons at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival again this year.



Fire Kissed PizzaFire Kissed Pizza is a family owned and operated business, since 2012.Fire Kissed Pizza in the Oven

Our pizza dough is hand made from scratch and proofed over night which gives it a perfect crust. You order the pizza you want, we assemble it as you watch.

Your pizza is then put into a 700 degree oven that has awood flame. It is removed in about 90 seconds and put on your plate for you to enjoy. No pizza under a warming light!!

Website: http://firekissedpizza.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FireKissedPizza


Big Kahuna's Apple DumplingWhen the sun is hot during this year's festival, everyone will flock to the frozen delights served by Big Kahuna's!

Big Kahuna’s Inc. is from Cleveland, Ohio and is Family Run and Professionally Done! Their specialty is old-fashioned Frozen Custard. See the history of frozen custard below.

Besides frozen custard, the Big Kahuna's booth will be featuring tasty dessert treats, many frozen and cold, ranging in price from $4:00 - $8.00, including their famous Homemade Apple Dumplings, pictured left, made with their own Cinnamon Sauce recipe. They use Whole Apples, Delicious Ice Cream, Milk or Just Plain.

The Big Kahuna Menu* includes: 

  • Cones $4
  • Cups $4
  • Waffle Cones $5
  • Dream Cones $6
  • Sundaes $6
  • Banana Split $7
  • Brownie Delight $7
  • Maple Bacon Sundae $7
  • Strawberry Short Cake $7
  • Apple Dumpling $7
  • Shakes $5
  • Floats $5
  • Frozen Explosion Razzle $5
  • Hot Pretzels $4
  • Frozen Drinks $5
  • Frozen Banana $4
  • Chocolate Cheese Cake $5
  • Chocolate Strawberries $5
  • Add Chocolate Dip $1
  • Add Sprinkles or Crunch $1

*Prices are subject to adjustment. Tax is included.

Frozen Custard History - Just a couple of guys thinking' about the Good Old Days!Big Kahuna's Booth

It was in 1997 that my dad and I reminisced about Cleveland's old Euclid Beach Park (1895-1969). My dad was a young boy in the 1960s, a time when the pace of life seemed much slower, when you could spend a long summer day at the amusement park going on rides for a quarter each. He remembered the sound of Laughing Sal (The laughing lady at the fun house entrance), the smell of Popcorn Balls and Candy Kisses, the thrill of the Racing Coaster... Mostly, though, he recalled the thick, creamy frozen whip oozing from a curious looking machine and the way it was taken off the chute and slapped on a cone with the flick of the wrist. The taste still lingered in his mind and I wondered if this Frozen Confection could still be found.

I left no Cone Unturned in search of the Perfect Frozen Custard!

In my search, I discovered that, Custard Ice Cream originated on Coney Island in about 1919. It was sold as a Carnival Treat and quickly grew in popularity. Vendors began using egg yolk in their vanilla ice cream to make it extra smooth and creamy. This popular concoction called Frozen Custard was enormously popular through The Depression and the War years because it was delicious and inexpensive. As it grew in popularity, Frozen Custard could be found in Atlantic City and other East Coast Resort Communities. The problem was, real Frozen Custard was becoming increasingly hard to find. By the 1960s, most dairies and custard makers, in an effort to increase profits, began lowering the cream (butterfat) content and increasing the amount of overrun (air) in their products. What was left on the market was either Ice Cream or Ice Milk. I was not discouraged. We journeyed to a handful of places that still made old-fashioned Frozen Custard. I met the Kirkhoff family of Lafayette, Indiana. This family opened their shop in 1932, which is still in operation today and is considered the oldest continuously operating custard stand. It took me two years to perfect a recipe, acquire and fine tune a Modern Taylor 8754 Soft Serve Machine (Taylor thought I was nuts) and add 16 flavors of flavor burst. That is the art of flavoring. Flavor burst syrups are formulated to the highest standards and when applied to a custard with 10% butterfat and 1.4% by weight of egg yolks and a low overrun, you have the finest Frozen Custard like the Good Old Days.

Real Frozen Custard that is my Dream for 21st Century with Flavor Burst!

Today you can taste the World's Finest Frozen Custard at 30 county and state fairs that my company is at. No matter what your age, or whether you are a regular fair customer or tasting it for the first time, we are confident you'll keep coming back. Customers want to enjoy only the best. For a taste of the past and a taste of the future, why not try the best? You have tried the rest.

Anthony Allega III


Famous Gabby's BBQ - Picture by Geer Fotog, Kalamazoo, MIFamous Gabby’s BBQ and Fry Stand has become part of a family tradition at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival

No matter what you think you might like to eat, you will change your mind when you smell the aroma of the:Famous Gabby's BBQ - Picture by Sue Stirling Photography

  • BBQ Chicken
  • BBQ Ribs
  • BBQ Burgers
  • BBQ Polish Sausage Dogs
  • BBQ Kabobs
  • so much more!

Add the rice, beans, coleslaw and curly fries and you have one complete meal at a reasonable cost.  Be sure to stop at Gabby’s BBQ and Fry Stand where we have lots of shaded picnic tables for you to enjoy your BBQ delights.


Ibison ConcessionsIbison ConcessionsWith Over 20 years of experience, Ibison Concessions has grown through customer satisfaction and quality.  We pride ourselves in providing excellent products, at a high volume, without sacrificing the taste.  Ibison Concessions uses “fresh” foods and treats to keep that customer satisfaction at its best.


Ibison Concessions

  • Cheese Fries
  • Chili Cheese Fries
  • Corn Dogs
  • French Fries
  • Pretzels
  • Elephant Ears
  • Funnel Cakes
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Ice Cream
  • Floats
  • Shakes
  • Beverages

 Website: www.festivalfoodandtreats.com


Outlaw FriesAlthough the Outlaw Fries booth is new to the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival this year, they are not strangers! They are also the owner & operator of "Slush Factory".

Outlaw Fries features:

  • Fresh Cut Fries with various toppings
  • Onion Straws
  • Fried Pickles
  • Fried Jalapeno Pepper Slices
  • Nachos
  • Chicken & Fries
  • Beverages


Schlotzsky's Battle Creek SandwichesAs a locally owned restaurant, Schlotzsky's is proud to be back and support our community for this summer’s Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival! This marks our 26th year being a partner and a food vendor at this great community event.  Stop by our tent and enjoy our delicious healthy selections that make us “lotz” better! Featuring:

  • Chicken Wraps
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Chips
  • Beverages


The U-Do-It Slush Factory will be returning to the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival this year with a wide variety of flavors to choose from!

Mix and Match your favorite flavors and colors! All drinks are served in a souvenir cup

Refills are only $3 any day of the Festival!

Slush FactoryFlavors include:

  • Blue Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Cherry
  • Lemon Lime
  • Orange
  • Pina Colada
  • Watermelon
  • Root Beet
  • Vanilla
  • Lemonade
  • Cotton Candy

They also own and operate Outlaw Fries!


Walker’s Hot Rod Grill – Owners Gary & Paulette Walker have been in the Food Concession business for 2 years and being from Battle Creek, Michigan, they have a great following of people.  Be sure to stop by their booth at this year's Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival! They are the only food booth that looks like a “race car!” They are well known for:

  • Fresh Cut Fries
  • Coney Island Dogs
  • Delicious Burgers

Air Force Performance Lab

Air Force LogoThe all new Air Force Performance Lab will be bringing their new vendor booth to the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival this year. Stop by the booth for all kinds of fun and challenges!Air Show Performance Lab Air Show Performance Lab 

Kitchen Craft

Lustre Craft Waterless CookwareKitchen CraftKitchen Craft, the original stainless steel cookware, provides a healthy, energy efficient way to prepare nutritious meals. Our cookware utilizes the water-less cooking method and takes less time than conventional cooking. 

When you alleviate the need for added water and/or oil you retain valuable vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be boiled or fried out of the food. Consumers experience the natural flavor and color of their favorite foods. Simply put, food is tastier and better for you.

Website: http://www.kitchencraftcookware.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kitchencraftcookware
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bestcookware/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mykitchencraft

RV Laser

RV LaserRV Laser will be joining the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival this year as a vendor. Wayne & Lori live and work in their RV, and travel to various festivals throughout the US. They create laser cut wood plaques that pay tribute to Military, First Responders, Civic Organizations and anything else that you would like designed. Their laser machine is in the RV and they carry wood, paint and stains to make their product "on the road" when traveling from venue to venue. RV Laser is 4 years old. They are very humbled by the awesome people they meet along the way.