Thirsty Thursday - FREE, FREE, FREE!!
Come on out for THIRSTY THURSDAY on June 28th this year. Gate Admission AND Parking will be FREE for everyone!! We're going to kick-off the event with amazing style and in great value with a family fun night out!
Such an amazing evening! We'll have tons of activities going on as part of our FREE Community Kick-Off Day! Make sure you take advantage of the great deals that Skerbeck Carnival has and purchase your discount wristbands in advance and enjoy riding rides among the other activities we have on the schedule. Make sure you catch the Balloon Launch with up to 50 hot-air balloons, Tim Dyson 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 a great concert. It's a terrific evening of entertainment that is perfect for the entire family! Enjoy an amazing evening and support the kick-off day of the Battle Creek Field of Flight and enjoy the deals from all the vendors!
What deals you may ask? Well, it is THIRSTY THURSDAY after all, so expect DRINK SPECIALS and then take advantage of our vendor specials. THIS IS THE ONLY DAY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET THAT TERRIFIC FESTIVAL FOOD AT DISCOUNTED PRICES (at participating vendors).
Don't forget...Gate Admission AND Parking will be FREE for everyone!! (Carnival Rides not included.)
NEW CARNIVAL RIDE DEBUT IN 2018!
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 7 days in 2018 - June 28 - July 4th, with an AMAZING array of rides, food and games for Battle Creek's premier annual event. The 2018 Carnival will be located adjacent to the event grounds. Skerbeck is buying a brand new ride that will debut at next Battle Creek Field of Flight.
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 few years. 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 in advance and to save some additional money. We guarantee deep discounts on daily all-day ride wristbands as well as mega packs. Advance Online Discount Wristbands must be purchased by 12 NOON on Thursday, June 28th, with the exception of June 28th Wristbands can be purchased on the field! All other Advance Discount Wristbands MUST be ordered by NOON on June 28th.
SKERBECK CARNIVAL HOURS & DAILY WRISTBAND PRICING* (SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO POTENTIAL MEGA RIDES)
A link to online advance discount wristband will be posted as soon as it is available.
DATE COST TENTATIVE HOURS
06/28/18 $23* 5pm - 10:30pm
06/29/18 $25 3pm - 10:30pm
06/30/18 $30 11am - 11pm
07/01/18 $30 11am - 10:30pm
07/02/18 $25 5pm - 10:30pm
07/03/18 $30 11am - 10:30pm
07/04/18 $30 11am - 11pm
ADVANCE DISCOUNT PRICING (Advance Sales Cutoff is 12 Noon on June 28th):
Advance Online MEGA Wristband (Good for ENTIRE Event June 28-July 4): $80 limited to 200
Advance Online DAILY Wristband BY Thursday, June 28, 2018: $23*
*Please note that the $23 Daily Wristband can be purchased at this rate on site on June 28th ONLY.
ON-SITE TICKET PRICING:
Individual Ride Tickets: 4 Tickets for $5.00
Sheet of 50 Tickets: $50.00
Rides will need between 2 – 6 tickets per ride!
A link to online advance discount wristband will be posted as soon as it is available.
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 June 28 - July 4, 2018. According to Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director for Skerbeck Entertainment Group, “The Battle Creek Field of Flight has become one of our favorite shows. The spectators and customers are all so nice and they 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.” Other features of the family-friendly midway will include customer amenities such as ATMs, hand-washing stations, misting fans, and plenty of covered seating.
Get ready to get on your feet and hold on to your hats! Tim Dyson and friends will be riding into town again this summer for an encore performance! It's one of the most amazing FMX Motorcycle Stunt shows that you have ever seen!
From 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 Battle Creek Field of Flight, then look no further than Tim Dyson's FMX Stunt Show!
The FMX Motorcycle Stunt Show will take place DAILY June 28 - July 4. Check our tentative schedule of events for times. (Note: times are subject to change so listen for the announcements!)
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?
America's Most Entertaining Lumberjack Show will be showcased at the Field of Flight EVERY DAY OF THE 2018 EVENT. 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! Be ready to volunteer!)
Just ask our fans who have attended this show in the past. Rave reviews, fun and absolutely hilarious. The people at the Great Lakes Timber Show 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 year's Field of Flight. So we'll have tons of timber fun for all! Remember, the Great Lakes Timber Show will have DAILY SHOWINGS in 2018, this is different than in past years. In addition, each show will vary, so you will want to make sure you see every single one! Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for Show Times. (Note: times are subject to change so listen for the announcements.)
A day just for Kids? Well, yeah. But it's a day for families too! Kid's Day is brought to us in part by MEIJER!
With FREE 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 28th. In addition, Skerbeck Carnival will also open at 5 PM. Ride tickets must be purchased separately. Advanced discount wrist bands can be purchased online before noon on June 28th Make sure you get them at the discount price!
Don't miss our evening warm up Balloon Flight, that will not be part of the official competition. We'll also have performances by both the Great Lakes Timber Show as well as the Tim Dyson FMX Motorcycle Stunt Team. Great Scott!, the Midwest's hottest cover band, will also be performing as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series!
But, the main highlight of the evening will be the fact that it is Kid's Day brought to us in part by MEIJER! From 5:30 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!
The Battle Creek Half Marathon and 5K is Battle Creek's 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 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. The event will kickoff at 7 AM on Saturday, June 30th. Registration is OPEN AND AVAILABLE NOW! Please visit the link below and sign up before the price increases on March 30th.
Battle Creek Half Marathon (Kickoff at 7 AM): $65.00 + $3.90 Sign Up Fee before March 30, 2018 (11:59 PM EDT)
All half marathon registrations include a t-shirt, a finisher's medal, a parking pass and 2 tickets for entry to the Field of Flight. **NEW** This year Field of Flight passes are good for ANY day during the festival. Check out the Field of Flight schedule tab above for more information and daily schedules.
Battle Creek 5K (Kickoff at 7:10 AM): $25.00 Race Fee + $2.50 Sign Up Fee before March 30, 2018 (11:59 PM EDT)
All 5K registrations include a t-shirt, a parking pass and 1 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.
Racing fans, get ready for a repeat performance of intense competitive action as the BATTLE CREEK SPEEDFEST takes to our taxiways. Competitors 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 event taking place during the Battle Creek Field of Flight! The 2018 Speedfest will run June 29 - July 3. Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for times. (Note: times are subject to change)
Stay tuned for special/rare vehicle displays and attractions related to SpeedFest in this section.
Great Scott! is the hottest cover band in the Midwest, playing the best of the 50's to the new millennium. Featuring five guys on keyboard, guitar, bass and drums - there's no way you can resist tapping those toes and dancing. With over 15 years of experience, this band surely knows how to engage the crowd and keep patrons happy.
Great Scott! has an impressive song list and even is up to taking requests. Unlike many usual tribute bands that stick to one or two genres of music, this one covers them all. With a lineup that includes songs from Matchbox 20, Ricky Martin, 3 Doors Down, Tom Petty, The Killers, Michael Jackson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, Sir Mix-A-Lot and many more...you will certainly know a song they play and it more than likely will be one of your favorites!
Great Scott! does more than just play music though, they are true showmen. They will make sure everyone has a good time on June 28. Great Scott! is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and features the following talent:
- Joe Laureano: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Band Leader
- Luke Galas: Lead Guitar, Vocals
- Everett Domeier: Guitar, Vocals
- Ryan Goldner: Bass, Vocals
- Ken Rypma: Drums, Vocals
- Mark Kuiper: Saxophone, Keyboards
The Field of Rock, brought to you by Firekeepers Casino presents Steel Giant, performing on Friday, June 29 at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival.
Steel Giant is an American Rock and Roll band from Battle Creek, Michigan. Steel Giant is comprised of Caleb Sunnock (guitars and vocals), Kenny Buller (guitars and vocals), Matt “Phatty” McCaleb (bass guitar) and Dan Lehman (drums).
Steel Giant was formed in 2013 when Caleb moved back from Nashville, Tennessee with some song ideas. Already friends, Kenny and Caleb decided to develop the songs they had by playing local house shows. Shortly after, they started a band with Phatty and Dan.
In 2015, the band started to produce and record their music independently. In the fall of 2015, released their self-titled EP Steel Giant.
Their sound is a blend of classic rock, folk and blues. The band is devoted to playing locally. Steel Giant isn’t concerned with being “insta-famous” or “going viral.” But rather, focused on good old-fashioned handmade rock and roll.
Hailing from the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago, River Road is an acoustic trio known for the unique fun they bring to any event.Songwriter Jonelle Carter joins band mates Terry Carter & Kyle Ripsch in an intimate combination of smooth harmonies and deep, soul stirring lyrics. Jonelle Marie broke onto the airways in 2004 with her first album "Listen" receiving over 200,000 downloads of her first single "Not Your Doll" and becoming DSN's top downloaded artist of the year in 2005. Her husband and guitar player/vocalist, Terry Carter, adds a unique playing style and incredible vocals. Terry has toured with artists such as country superstar Sammy Kershaw and the Chicago area smash 90's band "The All Night News Boys". Kyle Ripsch brings his incredible talent as a piano player/vocalist to the stage with a rich history including ten years with country indie band "The Cattle Bandits" and multiple studio appearances throughout the Chicago area including many country and gospel albums.
Don't miss River Road's amazing trio performing on June 30th as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series presented by FireKeepers Casino. They will perform covers from a plethora of music genres as well as some of their original work.
Nashville Recording Artist Brenda Loomis will be performing at the Field of Flight on Monday, July 2nd with her talented band. Brenda, and her band, are well known throughout the region and perform terrific country concerts all over.
Brenda Loomis herself is an original country music recording artist and has worked with numerous stars including: Josh Gracin, Tim McGraw, Darryl Worley, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Bret Michaels, LeAnn Rhimes, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Brice, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Leroy Parnell, Andy Griggs and Confederate Railroad, Allen & Ashcraft, Aaron Tippin and many more. Her vocals are unmatched and while she continues to sing with many other artists, she also fronts her own “smokin’ hot band”.
Brenda and her band perform a high energy country and classic rock show that includes covers of some of your favorites as well as some originals. Their performance is showmanship at its finest. So make sure you don’t miss your chance to experience this wonderful concert as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series on Monday, July 2. Not only is Brenda’s voice unmatched, but her band features some amazing talent including:
- Paul Loomis: Keyboard & Harmony Vocals
- Bob Cottom: Bass Guitar & Harmony Vocals
- Jason Kime: Drums & Vocals
- Billy Moran: Lead Guitar & Vocals
- Jody Chelf: Acoustic Guitar & Vocals