Steve Mitchell is from Streetsboro, Ohio. Steve grew up in Battle Creek and was a 2003 graduate of Lakeview High School and 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. His parents, Jeff and Mary Mitchell, live just 1/2 mile south of the W.K. Kellogg Airport. While in high school he volunteered to crew for out of town pilots with his brother and loved it so much, they decided to get a family balloon called "Summer Glow", which has been involved in previous Field of Flight events. Steve will be flying his Old Cat balloon in this year's competition.
Steve has been a licensed balloon pilot since 2008. He is an accomplished competitor having won a number of various ballooning events. He also claimed Rookie of the Year honors at the 2014 US National Hot-Air Balloon Championship finishing 19th overall.
Steve placed # 3 in 2016 and #14 in the 2014 Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competition and this is his 5th year participating in the event.