All events/activities are subject to change & WEATHER PERMITTING
- Balloonist Registration (PDF)
- Balloonists Information (PDF)
- Balloonists Confirmed
- Mezmerizing Balloon Illumes
- Hot Air Balloon Launch Weather Criteria
- Balloonist Bios and Pictures
- Final Competition Standings 2011-2020
- Balloon Rides for Hire (** Balloon Rides are NOT available during the event**)
Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for more details.
Balloonist Name City, State
- Aldridge, Blake Longview, TX
- Anderson, Allen Minden, NV
- Bousselot, Matt Marion, IA
- Brown, Tom Plainwell, MI
- Bussey, Bill Longview, TX
- Campbell, Craig Battle Creek, MI
- Coan, Larry New Hudson, MI
- Crabtree, Chad Delton, MI
- Davis, Jason Milo, IA
- Ferrall, Rick Lawrenceville, GA
- Foelske, Aaron Channahon, IL
- Hall, Dennis Howell, MI
- Heartsill, Joe San Angelo, TX
- Heartsill, Rhett Ft. Worth, TX
- Heavin, Brandon Drury, MO
- Heavin, Gary Gatesville, TX
- Jaques, Tyler Battle Creek, MI
- Jay, Kenny Hallsville, MO
- Kerber, Rick Wayland, MI
- Lutkus, Janet Medina, OH
- Meyer, Mark Vass, NC
- Mitchell, Steve Chagrin Falls, OH
- Moore, Michael Augusta, MI
- Nels, AJ Smyrna, GA
- Nels, Al Beavercreek, OH
- Pestun, Jeff Holland, MI
- Petrehn, Paul Howell, MI
- Raya, Shawn Highland, MI
- Reeder, Eric Hastings, MI
- Ret, Richard Dallas, TX
- Rolfe, Pat Battle Creek, MI
- Rubin, Jeremy Ankeny, IA
- Sitko, Steve Jackson, MI
- Smart, Chris Huntington, IL
- Stamats, Susan Cedar Rapids, IA
- Wall, Cameron Albuquerque, NM
- Wilson, Dale Augusta, MI
As dusk falls over W.K. Kellogg Airport, some MAGICAL ILLUMINATIONS begin. During our "Balloon Illumes" the launch field will be lit up with the glowing burners of over 20 Hot-Air Balloons. This "picture-perfect" site, is something that you won't want to miss and will become one of your favorite family memories forever.
The Balloon Illumes also incorporate some audience participation. You will be asked to say "Twinkle" or "Light 'Em Up". When you say "Twinkle", the pilots will light their burners in spurts, causing them to twinkle. When you say "Light Em Up", the flame will stay lit and the grounds will light up. The "Balloon Illumes" are a fan-favorite part of the Field of Flight, year after year. There will be TWO Balloon Illumes during our Event (see Tentative Schedule of Events for times).
Weather conditions must be almost "ideal" in order for a Hot-Air Balloon Launch to take place. If there is any sign of a potentially non-safe flight, then the launch will be CANCELED. Our Balloon Meister is very trusted in the ballooning world and he makes the decision on if a safe flight can be executed or not. In addition, launches are also at pilots discretion. Here is some weather information on ballooning flights:
- Winds Aloft
Hot-Air Balloons are a type of aircraft that rely on basic scientific principles to fly. Warm air rises over cooler air, thus the balloon is able to rise when the burner is thrusted. To help balloons rise, we need thermals to be absent or at low activity. These thermals are least prominent in the early morning, just after sunrise, and early in the evening (the reason why launches are scheduled between 6:30 AM and 8 AM & between 7 PM and 8:30 PM during the event).
Prior to flight, a "Piball" (or Pilot Balloon) will be released. This is a helium filled balloon that lets the pilots know the general direction of the wind. This is the way the pilots balloon will drift. Wind directions do change based on height (especially if a front is in the area) and pilots must rely on (and know the direction) of the winds aloft. A balloon must also be able to land once in the air so the decision for "Go" or "No Go" for launch must take both the takeoff, flight, and a safe landing into consideration.
This means that weather conditions must be almost "ideal" in order for a Hot-Air Balloon Launch to take place. If there is any sign of a potentially non-safe flight, then the launch will be CANCELED. Here is some weather information on ballooning flights.
- Winds Aloft: Winds aloft (or winds at higher altitudes) can also cause a flight to be canceled. There may be almost no wind at the ground, but at altitude, the wind may be blowing at 20 miles per hour. Winds aloft must also be taken into consideration when deciding whether to fly or not.
- Visibility: Balloon Pilots operate under FAA VFR conditions. This means they must have a certain amount of visibility in order to be able to fly (which means NO NIGHT FLYING). Depending on flight location, the visibility must be AT LEAST 1 to 3 miles. For the most part, there will be NO flying in fog.
- Rain: Balloons do not launch in the rain. Rain can damage the balloon and decrease visibility. Besides, would you want to fly in a Hot-Air Balloon in rainy weather?
- Fronts: There must be no fronts in the area for a balloon launch to occur. Fronts usually come with a change in wind direction or increased wind speeds. If pilots can plan ahead for this, then it may be possible for a launch. But if the front will move through during time of flight, the launch must be canceled.
- Thunderstorms: There must be NO thunderstorms within 100 miles of the launch point for a balloon launch to take place. Thunderstorms present hazards to any type of aircraft, but a balloon is the one aircraft that would be affected most by any type of weather condition. A lightning strike to a balloon is an extremely dangerous hazard. In addition, gust fronts can occur up to 100 miles in advance of a storm or line of storms, which could heavily impact a balloon. If the weather forecast calls for Severe Weather, it is a good bet that the balloons will NOT be launching at that time
With this basic understanding of conditions for Balloon Launches, we hope you understand why some flights during the event are canceled. You will now be able to know if a balloon launch is likely to occur or not just by checking the local area forecast for Battle Creek or W.K. Kellogg Airport, courtesy of Win 98.5. Also, remember that Launch Forecasts and Updates will be available on our Facebook, Twitter and this website throughout the event.
Allen is from Minden, Nevada and will be flying for the 1st time in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot Air Balloon Championships in his Twisted Too Balloon.
Matt Bousselot is from Marion, Iowa and has been flying since 2012. Battle Creek is one of his favorite places to fly because of the wonderful people! Joining Matt on his ballooning adventures are his wife and crew chief Anne, and their fun and friendly crew! This will be his 7th year participating in the Battle Creek Hot Air Balloon Championship. This year he will be flying a new 60X racer balloon: Sunfire. Matt placed #2 in the 2019 Hot Air Balloon Championship.
Tom Brown has been piloting for over 20 years; he attained his Private Pilot certificate in 1997, Commercial in 2000, and has flown in Colorado, New Mexico, New York, New Hampshire, Indiana, Ohio and throughout Michigan. He will be flying the Tomfoolery Balloon this year in Battle Creek. He is a Military Veteran; U.S. Air Force Security Forces Master Sergeant, Retired (22 years). One of Tom's favorite sayings is, "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." ~Willy Wonka. His crew Haiku, "Thank you very much! As I can't do' as I am, Nothing without you!"
Bill is from Longview, Texas and will be flying for the 1st time in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot Air Balloon Championships. Bill will be flying his Yen Yang balloon, which means Beginning & End. Welcome to Battle Creek Bill!
Craig Campbell is from right here in Springfield, Michigan. He has been flying since 2000 and has owned his Hot Ziggity Balloon since 2010. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2013 and has flown in multiple events. He loves enjoying this wonderful sport with his beautiful wife and Crew Chief, Mindy Campbell and their 3 daughters. He loves this sport so much because of the excitement he sees on the kids' faces when he flies.
Larry Coan is an Product Manager for the Ford Motor Company and has been involved in hot air ballooning since 1989. His wife, Amy is his Crew Chief and they are both from New Hudson, Michigan. This will be his 14th year participating in the Battle Creek Hot Air Balloon Championship. The name of his balloon is "Superfluous", pronounced su·PER-flu·ous, which means being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. This will be his 12th year participating in the Battle Creek Field of Flight. Larry placed #5 in 2017, #10 in 2016, #10 in 2015, #13 in 2014, #5 in 2011 and #3 in 2010 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Chad Crabtree was born and raised right here in Battle Creek, Michigan. Chad took his love and passion for Hot-Air Ballooning in the mid-1980s to find pilots and volunteer for crew for the Air Show. Ever since then, Chad has worked his way as Crew Chief for several different pilots. Chad has been to several World Hot-Air Balloon Championships. Chad has taken all of his knowledge and now has become a pilot. Now flying for several years, Chad is trying to become a Commercial Pilot. Chad's Balloon is called Independence and has the U.S. Flag on one side and U.S.A. on the other side. Chad placed #7 in the 2019 Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Jason is from Milo, Iowa and will be flying his 2 Pink 4U Balloon for his 1st time this year in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Rick Ferrall is from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is Regional Manager for MetroCast Communications. Rick got interested hot air ballooning during the 1981 Balloon Festival in Battle Creek. 19 years later he became a pilot.
His balloon name is "Stairway to Heaven".The Led Zeppelin song came on the radio and the rest is history. Rick has participated in 9 Field of Flight competitions. His crew consists of his wife Debi as crew chief, daughter Katie Graff and son Brian Ferrall.
Originally from Indianola, IA, Aaron Foelske joins us from Channonhon, IL and will be flying in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competition in his balloon called The Hummingbird Balloon. In previous years he flew his balloon called Basket Case. He started flying hot-air balloons in 2001. When Aaron is not flying his balloon, he is an Engineer for Southern Company Gas. Aaron won 11th place in 2019, 4th place in 2018, 3rd place in 2017 & 6th place in 2016 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Dennis is from Howell, Michigan and will be flying the RE/MAX Mighty Max Balloon in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Facebook: RE/MAX Above MI
Joe Heartsill, aka "Smokin' Joe", is from San Angelo, Texas. Joe attended the Albuquerque, New Mexico balloon festival in 1978 and knew he had to get one for himself. He purchased his balloon and didn't even know how to fly it! He has been a licensed balloon pilot since the early 1980's. Joe works in Investments. He is married to his wife Nancy and has a daughter named Kate as well as his two sons, Rhett & Lucas. The name of his balloon is "Texas Racer" simply because he loves to race and is from Texas. This will be his 28th year participating in the event. Joe placed #12 in 2019, #3 in 2018, #1 in 2016, #3 in 2013, #5 in 2012 & #6 in 2011 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Rhett Heartsill's father is Joe Heartsill (Texas Racer). Due to this, Rhett was born into the hot-air ballooning world. Rhett and his wife Jobi are both from San Angelo, Texas. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2007. When not flying his hot-air balloon, he works as a geologist. The name of his balloon is "Texas Star", which looks very similar to his dad's balloon. This will be is 10th year participating in the event. Rhett placed #3 in 2016, #14 in 2013, #3 in 2012 and #12 in 2011 in the hot-air balloon competitions.
Brandon Heavin is from Gatesville, Texas. Brandon's father, Gary taught him how to fly. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2002. Brandon is currently raising beef cattle and farming - "Someone has to feed the people!"
The name of his balloon is "Ms BeHeavin" which is a play on the 'infamous' Heavin name and for his wife, Amy.
This will be his 9th year participating in the event. His father, Gary Heavin, also pilots the "Almost Heavin" balloon. Brandon and his wife Amy crew for his balloon.
Brandon placed #12 in 2014 and #15 in 2013 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Gary Heavin has been flying hot-air balloons for over 30 years. He is the founder of Curves International, the world's largest fitness franchise and is currently the Chair of the Board for Curves and Jenny Craig. He resides on his ranch in central Texas with his wife and crew chief Diane. They have four children and four grandchildren. Gary has a passion for flying which includes helicopters and jet aircraft. His balloon name, Almost Heaven, is a play on his last name.
Gary placed #4 in 2013 & #10 in 2012 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Tyler Jaques is from Battle Creek, Michigan. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2007. This will be Tyler's 10th year competing in the event but he has crewed at the event since he was a child. He became interested in hot-air ballooning because his father, Dave Jaques, was also a pilot of the Post Cutting Edge balloon before his retirement. Tyler usually flies the "Post - Cutting Edge" Balloon, but this year he'll be sharing the flight time with Wes Dickerson, flying the "Post Sugar Bear" Balloon the second half of the festival. He previously flew the red and white Post 2 balloon. His crew is made up of Post Balloon Club members as well as local volunteers.
Tyler is presently a manager at Meijer and owns his own hot-air balloon ride company called BC Balloon Rides where he pilots his balloon called Sapphire. He has a daughter named Brittney and his girlfriend's name is Erica Brandt.
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Kenny Jay, from the small town of Brookfield, Missouri, was introduced to the Hot-Air Ballooning sport from the local balloon derby, "Great Pershing Balloon Derby." Kenny and his wife both live in Hallsville, MO. He has been a private pilot since 2009. He owns and operates a small commercial diesel repair shop and spends his free time hunting, fishing and flying his hot-air balloon. Kenny will be flying his Mai'ken Memories balloon for the 5th time in this year's Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.
Rick Kerber if from Wayland, Michigan. He came from a family of pilots and started flying at the age of 16. He flies the Michigan Cat/The Cat Rental Store balloon and has been with Michigan Cat for over 34 years. Rick's beautiful wife, Cris, and his amazing daughters, Jennie and Megan, will be his crew. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2002. This will be Rick's 16th year participating in the Field of Flight. He has placed #15 in 2019, #11 in 2017, #9 in 2016 and #15 in 2012 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Facebook: Kerber Family Balloon Team
Janet Lutkus lives in Medina, Ohio and started out ballooning by crewing in 1985 for her two sisters, Donna and Diana, and a good friend, Carol Weiro, who encouraged her to learn how to fly. She received her private license in 1992 and her commercial license in 1996. This will be Janet's 3rd year flying the the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship. She works with her husband, Jerry, as a financial manager at Hy-Tech Controls, which we started together in April 1983. She has a 14 year old daughter, Grace, who loves ballooning with her mom and goes up pretty much all the time with her.
Steve Mitchell is a 2003 graduate of Lakeview High School and 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. Steve currently lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with his beautiful wife Yolanda and son Grayson. He has been a licensed pilot since 2008. When not flying his hot-air balloon, he works as an Engineer for Nestle USA. The name of his balloon is "OLD CAT", because he purchased it from Rick Kerber, who used to fly it as the Michigan Cat balloon. This will be his 9th year participating in the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship. Steve placed #1 in 2019, #10 in 2017, #2 in 2016, #6 in 2015 and #14 in 2014 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions. He also claimed Rookie of the Year honors at the 2014 US National Hot-Air Balloon Championship finishing 19th overall.
Michael "One Burn Too Many Mike" Moore is from Augusta, Michigan. He got into ballooning by crewing for Dale Wilson, Lori, his wife, actually is the one that named my balloon, Shenanigans. After buying my balloon in 2002, she asked if I had a name for it yet and I replied, "I was going to treat it like a new puppy. After you have it for a while, a name usually just comes to you." She said, "Good idea cause Lord knows the SHENANIGANS you're gonna pull...!" And the rest is history. The Battle Creek event is, of course, my favorite event being the first I ever attended, so I look forward to participating every year, especially now that I'm retired. Join the Hot Air Balloon Floaters Association group on Facebook.
Returning to Battle Creek for his 5th year, Andrew 'AJ' Nels, from Beavercreek, Ohio will be flying his new balloon called Mavrica in the Field of Flight Balloon Competition. AJ has been a licensed hot-air balloon pilot since 2005. When he's not flying his balloon, he is employed at an Engineer at Delta Airlines. AJ placed #8 in the 2016 hot-air balloon championship.
Al Nels, from Beavercreek, Ohio, launched his first hot-air balloon at age 11 followed shortly thereafter with a hydrogen balloon. Those first balloons were made from dry-cleaning bags, the former powered by birthday candles. After getting his first ride in a hot-air balloon while in college, he embraced the sport and earned his commercial license about a month after that first ride. After a few years of sport ballooning Al entered competitive ballooning with gusto. Over the years he has won multiple United States Nationals and World Championships in hot-air balloons. He has served as competition director for multiple events and as the Team Manager for the US Team at several World Championships. Al holds commercial ratings for balloons (gas and hot-air) and instrument airplane. He is a recent recipient of the Ed Yost Master Pilot Award.
Jeff Pestun is originally from Battle Creek and got started in hot-air ballooning by helping out-of-town pilots at the first events here in the early 1980s. He is a graduate of Gull Lake High School as well as Hope College, where he has been employed for over 21 years. Jeff resides in the Saugatuck, Michigan area with his wife Robyn, Son Andrew and daughter Allison. His parents, Marilyn and Nick, still live in Battle Creek and often assist with his flights when he is in town. This will be Jeff's 20th consecutive year flying in the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship. The name of his balloon is "Special Purpose" which is a reference to the movie "The Jerk". Jeff placed #14 in 2019, #5 in 2018, #1 in 2017, #4 in 2011, #11 in 2013 & 2012 and #9 in 2011 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Paul Petrehn is from Howell, Michigan. He has a new balloon this year called NO LIME. Paul's brother, John Petrehn, started hot-air ballooning in the early 70's so Paul grew up around it. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1993 and has over 1658 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon.
He presently works in sales for Cameron Balloons. This will be his 16th year participating in the event, flying his NO LIME BALLOON. His girlfriend Erica is his crew chief. Paul placed #2 in 2013 & 2012 and #7 in 2011 in the hot air balloon competitions.
Shawn Raya is from Highland, Michigan. Shawn grew up with his dad flying the Father & Son Construction balloon. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1987. Shawn is a purchasing manager at RHK Technology. He has a wife named Sandra and 4 kids; Joshua, Audrianna, Ashley & Victoria. Shawn will be flying his "Sullair" balloon with the "Sullair" - A Hitachi Group Company banner. This will be his 14th year participating in the event. Shawn's family helps him crew the balloon. Shawn has placed in the top 10 for the last several years, placing #7 in 2016, #4 in 2015, #5 in 2014, #7 in 2013, #8 in 2012 and #3 in 2011 in the hot-air balloon competitions.
Eric Reeder is from Hastings, Michigan. He, his wife Amy and two children, Chloe & Owen, love to do ballooning as a family. Eric has been around ballooning his entire life, spending many years crewing for close family friends Doug & Karen Mills. He was even able to spend a month ballooning in Africa with the Mills family in 1999. After many years of loving the sport he finally decided it was his time and got his Private Balloon Pilot License in 2014. They have since spent the years taking friends and family up in their beautiful balloon. Eric loves sharing his passion for ballooning with others and is honored and looks forward to his 4th time flying at the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championships. He will be flying his balloon called Mesmerized Balloon.
Richard is from Dallas, Texas and will be flying for the 1st time in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot Air Balloon Championships. He'll be flying his Golden High Balloon. Welcome to Battle Creek Richard!
Pat Rolfe is from Battle Creek, Michigan. He has been a licensed hot-air balloon pilot since 2006. He is a retired maintenance engineer for the Kellogg Company. He has a wife named Cindy and 4 children; Patrick, Jennifer, Michael & Russell. He also has three grandchildren named Trevor, Madison and Natalie. He will be flying his Cynthia Seal Balloon. This is Pat's 35th year participating in the Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competition in any way, shape or form. Pat crewed for Dave Emmeret for 25 years and now the tables have turned and Dave, who is now a retired balloon pilot after 30 years of flying, is Pat's crew chief.
Jeremy Rubin is from Ankeny, Iowa. He will be returning to Battle Creek for his 4th Hot-Air Balloon Competition flying his Legacy balloon. . Jeremy started ballooning as crew for friends of his Mom. Eventually, she got her license then he got his. He loves the competition of the sport and the camaraderie with the group of balloonists. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1999 and has over 500 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon. He presently works in Finance. Jeremy and his wife Macenzie have 3 children, Madison, Avery and Reece.
Steve Sitko is from Jackson, MI and will be flying for his 4th year in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloons Festival. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2012. When not flying his balloon, Steve works in purchasing for a local Tier 1 automotive supplier. The name of his balloon is Maveryx, which is a mash-up of his two daughter's names together. Steve is almost always accompanied by his Crew Chief and loving wife Sara. In my own words, "my finishes aren't quite good enough to publish". His one major accomplishment in Battle Creek is after years of rejection, he finally received the "team" hat from fellow pilot Rick Kerber in 2018. He placed 1st in the 2016 Jackson Hot-Air Jubilee. Steve loves to fly and see the reactions from the kids of all ages upon landing his balloon.
Chris Smart, also known as "CCD" (Chris Can Do), is from Huntington, Indiana and loves to compete. When not competing, he enjoys putting smiles on people's faces while taking them up in his ride balloon, "Dream Catcher". He has been a commercial pilot since 1992. He is father to 3 daughters and 1 son, and also grandfather to 10. Ballooning has been a family hobby for more than 30 years, starting as crew for a local pilot. He has done pretty well most years in Battle Creek, and not so good the other years. Most of all, he enjoys being around his ballooning family. Chris returns to the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship for his 8th year flying his Dream Racer Balloon with the Blu Fish Consulting banner. Chris has finished in the top 10 many times since starting in Battle Creek, placing # 10 in 2019, #6 in 2017, #9 in 2014 & #6 in 2013 & in 2012 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
Susan Stamats is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She saw a hot-air balloon and then she was hooked. She now has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1986. Susan flies the "Alley Cat" balloon. She has participated in every event at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions except one. She says her balloon crew is the Best in the World! Susan placed #13 in the 2019 Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Cameron Wall is a first generation pilot as no one else is his family flies. "Cam" is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, although he is currently attending LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. In 2018, he went to Poland to compete in the FAI Junior World Hot-Air Balloon Championship as a part of Team U.S.A. "Cam" also placed #6 in the 2019 in his first year competing in the Hot Air Balloon Championships.
Dale "Captain Boomerang" Wilson is from Augusta, Michigan. After crewing in the 1981 World's Championship, he bought his first hot-air balloon in 1987. He has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1988. He is retired from AT&T. His wife's name is Lori. His mother-in-law came up with the name of his balloon "Seventh Heaven". This will be his 35th year participating in the Battle Creek event. Dale's crew consists of members with an average age in the 60's.
2020 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
Due to Covid-19, there was no Hot-Air Balloon Competition in 2020.
2019 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Steve Mitchell - Old Cat Balloon
- Matt Bousselot
- Steve Wilkinson
- Gary Heavin
- John Petrehn
- Cameron Wall
- Chad Crabtree
- Justin Wilkinson
- Jeremy King
- Chris Smart
- Aaron Foelske
- Joe Heartsill
- Susan Stamats
- Jeff Pestun
- Rick Kerber
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2019!
2018 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Rhett Heartsill - Texas Star Balloon
- Shawn Raya
- Joe Heartsill
- Aaron Foelske
- Jeff Pestun
- Jason Kimball
- Rob Nutting
- Christopher Cliver
- Steve Wilkinson
- Jeremy King
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2018!
2017 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Jeff Pestun - Special Purpose Balloon
- Shawn Raya
- Aaron Foelske
- Al Nels
- Larry Coan
- Chris Smart
- Chris Cliver
- Dom Bereford
- Andrew Nels
- Steve Mitchell
- Rick Kerber
- Harold Cliver
- Jeremy King
- Bret Christian
- Richard Parr
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2017!
2016 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Joe Heartsill - Texas Racer Balloon
- Steve Mitchell
- Rhett Heartsill
- John Petrehn
- Joe Zvada
- Aaron Foelske
- Shawn Raya
- AJ Nels
- Rick Kerber
- Larry Coan
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2016!
2015 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Joe Zvada 8660 International Chicken Balloon
- Johnny Petrehn 8567
- Jeff Pestun 8191
- Shawn Raya 8005
- Yudai Fujita 7997
- Steve Mitchell 7710
- Aaron Foelske 7602
- Susan Stamats 7001
- Jason Adams 6904
- Larry Coan 6812
- Christopher Cliver 6702
- Harold Cliver 6412
- John Gibbons 6224
- Guy Gauthier 6019
- Meg Skelton 5968
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2015!
2014 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Johnny Petrehn 7185 Kodachrome Balloon
- Joe Heartsill 6559
- Chase Donner 6546
- Jeff Pestun 6373
- Shawn Raya 6372
- Joe Zvada 6304
- Yudai Fujita 6301
- AJ Nels 6210
- Chris Smart 6198
- Dominic Bareford 5616
- Jason Adams 5395
- Brandon Heavin 5326
- Larry Coan 5257
- Steve Mitchell 4999
- Jeremy Rubin 4978
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2014!
2013 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Joe ZVADA, TX 7950
- Paul PETREHN, MI 7860
- Joe HEARTSILL, TX 7730
- Gary HEAVIN, TX 7590
- Nick DONNER, KY 7550
- Chris SMART, IN 7540
- Shawn RAYA, MI 7510
- John PETREHN, KS 7470
- Harold CLIVER, TX 7260
- Phil CLINGER, MI 7050
- Jeff PESTUN, MI 6950
- Yudai FUJITA, JPN 6880
- Chuck WALZ, MI 6860
- Rhett HEARTSILL, TX 6800
- Brandon HEAVIN, TX 6680
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2013!
2012 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- John PETREHN, KS 11178
- Paul PETREHN, MI 10319
- Rhett HEARTSILL, TX 10039
- Nick DONNER, KY 9885
- Joe HEARTSILL, TX 9660
- Chris SMART, IN 9546
- Robert GONZALES, TX 9501
- Shawn RAYA, MI 8989
- Joe ZVADA, TX 8715
- Gary HEAVIN, TX 8711
- Jeff PESTUN, MI 8559
- Robert WATSON, MI 8368
- Andy BAIRD, MI 8321
- Jason ADAMS, ONT 8226
- Rick KERBER, MI 8007
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2012!
2011 Hot-Air Balloon Competition Final Standings
- Nick Donner IL 6704
- Chase Donner GA 6500
- Shawn Raya MI 6386
- Tom Roush TN 6364
- Larry Coan MI 6272
- Joe Heartsill TX 6182
- Paul Petrehn MI 6126
- Phil Clinger MI 5602
- Jeff Pestun MI 5557
- Roy Smith TN 5421
- Joe Zvada OH 5331
- Rhett Heartsill TX 5215
- Bret Christian IA 5172
- David Troutman KY 4943
- Jeff Sweet NC 4897
Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated in 2011!
Contact these Balloonists for Paid Passenger Rides in Battle Creek, Michigan and the surrounding areas.If they are participating in this year's hot-air balloon competition, they may not be available during the festival. NO PAID BALLOON RIDES ARE AVAILABLE DURING OUR EVENT/LAUNCHES!
BATTLE CREEK, MI
- Altitude Endeavors, Inc. 888-933-5964
- Tyler Jaques 269-274-0364
- Pat Rolfe 269-968-0368
- Deven Cook 269-719-0333
- Chuck Walz (Munith) 517-596-2621
ANN ARBOR, MI
- Shawn Raya 248-969-4354
- Rick Kerber 269-790-6020
- Chris Smart (Huntington) 260-224-0251
FOR BALLOONISTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE VISIT THE BALLOON FEDERATION OF AMERICA (BFA) WEBSITE www.bfa.com