Battle Creek Field of Flight

June 29 - July 4 2017


Skerbeck Entertainment Group Family Carnival - June 29 - July 4

Skerbeck Entertainment Group Carnival, Escanaba, MI

Skerbeck Carnival - Milligan Wheel 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 6 days in 2017 - June 29 - July 4th, with an AMAZING array of rides, food and games for Battle Creek's premier annual event.Skerbeck Entertainment Super Nova 360

The 2017 Carnival will be located adjacent to the event grounds. 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 before hand and to save some additional money. We guarantee deep discounts on daily all-day ride wristbands as well as mega packs.  These discounts must be purchased by 12 noon on Thursday, June 29th!

Purchase Advanced Discount Skerbeck Carnival Wristbands - Deadline Noon June 29


Skerbeck Carnival - Carousel RideSkerbeck 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 29 - July 4, 2017.
According to Sonja Skerbeck, Marketing Director for Skerbeck Entertainment Group, “The Battle Creek Field of Flight has become one of our favourite 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.

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Tim Dyson FMXGet 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!

Tim Dyson FMXFrom 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 29 - July 4. Check our tentative schedule of events for times.



Kid's Day brought to us in part by Meijer - June 30

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!

Battle Creek Field of Flight Kids Day! Image by Patti Vahary Great Lakes Timber Show - Photo by Patti Vahary For just $5 per car load for 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 3 PM on June 30th. In addition, Skerbeck Carnival will also open at 3 PM. Ride tickets must be purchased separately. Advanced discount wrist bands can be purchased online before noon on June 29th. Make sure you get them at the discount price!

Don't miss our evening Balloon Flight that will be taking place. We'll also have performances by both the Great Lakes Timber Show as well as the Tim Dyson FMX Motorcycle Stunt TeamGreat Scott!, the Midwest's hottest cover band will also be performing as part of our Field of Rock Concert Series! 
The evening will culminate with a BALLOON ILLUME!FMX Motorcycle Stunt Show - Photo by John Kosak


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 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!

Great Lakes Timber Show

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? Great Lakes Timber Show Log Rolling - Image by Patti Vahary
America's Most Entertaining Lumberjack Show will be showcased at the Field of Flight EVERY DAY OF THE 2017 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)

Great Lakes Timber Show Log Rolling - Image by Patti Vahary Just ask our fans who have attended this show in the past. Rave reviews, fun and absolutely hilarious. They 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 2017, 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.


Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5K

Battle Creek Half Marathon & 5kThe 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, July 1. Registration is OPEN AND AVAILABLE NOW! Please visit the link below and sign up before the price increases on March 31st.

Battle Creek Half Marathon (Kickoff at 7 AM): $65.00 + $3.90 SignUp Fee before March 31, 2017 (11:59 PM EDT)

All half marathon registrations include a t-shirt, a completion medal, a parking pass and 2 tickets for entry to the Field of Flight on the day of the event. Run, clean up, grab a friend and enjoy all the festival has to offer!

Battle Creek 5k (Kickoff at 7:10 AM): $30.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee before March 30, 2017 (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.




Fort Custer Centennial - 100 Years

Fort Custer 100 YearsOn July 1, 2017, Fort Custer will celebrate 100 Years of service to the State and Nation with an open house. During the open house, visitors will be able to visit the Fort Custer Museum and take part in a time capsule dedication ceremony which will be held on the parade field. Entrance for the public is free and parking is available on site.

The schedule of events are as follows:

8am – Dickman Road entrance opens
9am – Fort Custer Museum Ribbon Cutting
10am – Solar Field Ribbon Cutting
11am – Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony
2pm – Open House Closes

History of Fort Custer

Camp Custer Fort Custer was named after Major General George Armstrong Custer, a native of Monroe, Michigan. The original Camp Custer was built on 130 parcels of land, mainly small farms leased to the government by the local Chamber of Commerce. After a two year grace period, the Army was allowed to buy the land for $98 an acre. The construction of the camp was started on July 1, 1917 by the United States War Department in preparation for entering the “Great War in Europe” (World War I).  The original Camp Custer was developed with eleven hundred buildings and a hospital consisting of fifty-nine buildings capable of housing over 20,000 troops at one time.  The first “doughboys” moved into camp from the cities and towns of Michigan and Wisconsin to be molded into fighting men. During World War I, some 100,000 of these Soldiers passed through Camp Custer. The initial troop organization included the formation of three infantry divisions (5th Inf. Div. – Red Diamond, 32nd Inf. Div. – Red Arrow, and 85th Inf. Div. – Custer) that all passed through Camp Custer and eventually were sent to Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Force in 1918.  The first Camp Commander and Commander of the 85th Infantry Division was Major General Joseph Dickman (Dickman Road named for the General passes Fort Custer between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan).  Four of the Regiments from the 85th Infantry Division went on to serve in Russia to fight with the Tsar against the Bolsheviks.  These units returned to Michigan in August 1919, well after the end of World War I. 

Camp CusterBy 1921, most all of the buildings had been removed and Camp Custer became a tent encampment.  Camp Custer became one of 50 Army bases nationally offering a one month a year Citizen Military Training Camp (CMTC) for male citizens to receive military training without active duty obligation.   These training camps were held during the summer months for the next twenty years to train citizen soldiers in basic Infantry, Signal, Cavalry, Engineer and Artillery skills. 

Fort Custer was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) district headquarters for Michigan’s lower peninsula from 1933 to 1940.  The CCC public works program was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families during the depression.

With the outbreak of World War II, Camp Custer was re-designated as Fort Custer.  It was rebuilt under the Works Projects Administration (WPA) and expanded to approximately 16,000 acres.  Fort Custer became the home of the 5th Infantry Division (Red Diamond) and the 32nd Infantry Division (Red Arrow).  Most of Michigan’s National Guard units that served in the European Theater of Operations during WWII were in the 32nd Infantry Division.  During the war years, the US Army Provost Marshal General’s Military Police (MP) training School was located at Custer.  Fort Custer became a German Prisoner of War Camp from 1943 to 1946 for over 5,000 German Soldiers.  Twenty-six would die while interned at the facility. All were buried in the post cemetery which in 1981 was incorporated as part of the newly formed Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Fort Custer during the 1950’s Korean War became the induction center for draftees and training site for over 17,000 troops.  The US Air Force also constructed the Custer Air Force Station.  In the later 1950s, the Custer Air Force Station becomes home of the 34th North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

Fort Custer deactivated as an active installation in the late 1950s and decay of the buildings began.

Anti Tank Cannons at Fort CusterIn 1965 through 1967 Fort Custer became a “Jobs Corps Training Center” under President Lyndon Johnson’s US Department of Labor program offering free of charge education and vocational training to men and women, ages 16 to 24.

The management of Fort Custer was transferred to the Michigan National Guard in 1968, removal of many of the buildings in disrepair took place and new facilities began to be added.

  • 1971 - 3,000 acres were established for the Fort Custer Recreation Area under the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
  • 1970s – 3000 acres set aside for an industrial development park under Battle Creek Unlimited.
  • 1981 – 770 acres provided for the Fort Custer National Military Cemetery.
  • In 1985, it was renamed the Fort Custer Training Center and consists of 7,500 acres.  The property remains federally owned.  The facilities are used by the Michigan National Guard and other branches of the armed forces, primarily from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois (including ROTC students).  Also, the Training Center provides facilities for training numerous law enforcement agencies from the state.


Fireworks by Melrose Pyro - Image taken by Ihor BalabanThe Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival is proud to announce that there will be TWO EVENINGS of Fireworks Displays. Our Fireworks displays are one of the most popular features of the event. Our 2017 Fireworks Displays will take place on the following dates & time(s)

SATURDAY, JULY 1 at 10:30 PM (dusk) with a rain date of July 2nd if need be.

TUESDAY, JULY 4 at 10:30 PM (dusk). There will be NO RAIN DATE for the July 4th show.

Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for More Info!




Fireworks by Melrose Pyro - Image taken by Ihor BalabanOver the years, the Fireworks Display has become a major draw itself and has been produced by greats like PyroTechno, the Grucci Brothers & Melrose Pyrotechnics. The fireworks displays will each be over 15 minutes long (one of the largest in the State of Michigan) and will feature a low show and a high show and will be choreographed to Patriotic Music along with some pop, rock & country.

Don't miss BOTH of the Booming Fireworks at this year's Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival at the W.K. Kellogg AirportJULY 1 & 4

The Fireworks Displays will be produced by the WORLD FAMOUS & AWARD WINNING Pyrotechnic Company Melrose Pyrotechnics. In fact, Melrose Pyrotechnics was awarded FIRST PLACE Trophy in one of the most prestigious pyrotechnic competitions in the world, the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition in Vietnam in 2013. The display that they plan and choreograph at the Field of Flight will no doubt be high tech, awe-inspiring, and phenomenal.


Battle Creek SPEED FEST 1/2 Mile RaceRacing 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 SPEED FEST 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 2017 Speedfest will run June 30 - July 4. Please see our Tentative Schedule of Events for times.

Interested in Racing REGISTER TODAY!:

Battle Creek SPEED FEST 1/2 Mile Race

*RARE 2017 Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR at SpeedFest 2017*

Designed to pay tribute to one of the most distinguishable and iconic Viper paint schemes of all time - the white and blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition. The 2017 Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition features a Pearl White exterior with Blue Pearl GTS stripes, an Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes,  an Exterior Carbon Package, unique red Stryker badge decal, GTS-R exterior sill decals, USA flag B-pillar decals, ACR interior with red accent stitching, Header Red seat belts, serialized instrument panel GTS-R badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver's side door. The car also comes stock with a 645 horsepower engine. As many as 100 units of this new special edition configuration will be built for 2017. As of this writing, only 28 are in existence.

Looking back in Viper history: 100 units of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GTS Championship Edition were produced to commemorate the Viper winning the 1997 FIA GT2 Championship.  Come see this rare and amazing car on display during the 2017 SpeedFest.


Drop 35 - June 29

Drop 35 June 29Considered to be one of the HOTTEST bands in West Michigan, Drop 35 has acquired a large following and will be helping to KICK-OFF our 2017 Event on Community Kick-Off Day and Thirsty Thursday with a concert that will completely blow you away!

Drop 35 is an all occasion dance band and variety act featuring:
-Emily Jamieson (lead vocals)
-Michael McIntosh (lead vocals)
-Adam Main (guitar & vocals)
-Matt Moser (drums)
-Scott Barker (bass, vocals & keys)

Drop 35 is a versatile band that can perform, and rock, at almost any location. From night clubs and weddings to massive music festivals and even high variety festivals such as the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. Drop 35 has a diverse song list and a full arsenal of entertainment "Wow". The band can, and will, perform many hits right on our Field of Flight stage including hits from Motown, the 80s, 90s, jazz standards, classic rock, country hits and present hits. There really isn't any hit song that the band can't play!

Their show will come complete with rocking entertainment and a fully intelligent light show! Don't miss this hot band as they help us "Party in the USA" on June 29.

Great Scott! - June 30

Great Scott!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 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 30. 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 Brenda Loomis Band - July 1

Nashville Recording Artist Brenda Loomis will be performing at the Field of Flight on Saturday, July 1st 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 Loomis 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 Saturday, July 1st. 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