The Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival proved yet again to be an amazing Fourth of July party this year. The show is a staple for many West Michigan families and it is easy to see why. It offers a variety of entertainment, such as carnival rides and games, an art fair, concerts, and of course the airshow, hot air balloons, and fireworks. This year also featured the Great Lakes Timber Show and motorcycle stunt shows.
The 2016 edition of the airshow was headlined by the return of the US Air Force Thunderbirds jet team. The Thunderbirds used to be an annual lock at the show, but recent years have seem some variation with appearances by the US Navy Blue Angels and USAF F-22 Raptor. Spectators were amazed by the six red, white, and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons of the team on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The rest of the lineup featured well known civilian performers like Rob Holland, Matt Younkin, and Kyle Franklin. Fortunately, the weather allowed the hot air balloons to fly several times during the week. Saturday and Monday each concluded with an excellent fireworks show.
The greatest strength of the show continues to be the inexpensive, family-friendly atmosphere. While so many shows virtually strip search guests and confiscate water bottles or any hint of food, Battle Creek openly welcomes coolers full of food and drink. This makes for an extremely more comfortable experience right from the get go and can make attending a viable option for those who may not have a ton of money to spend. Of course, the show does offer some of the best airshow food around for those who want it!
Although details have not yet been announced, the festival will return in 2017. Set yourself up for family fun and entertainment by ensuring it is in your plans!