Battle Creek Behind the Scenes – Airshow Director Barb Haluszka

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It just wouldn’t be airshow season on Airspeed without talking to Barb Haluszka, the executive director of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival. This will be my fourth year covering the show and I always like to talk to Barb ahead of time to get a preview of the show and to get a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes to put together a major American airshow.

The show is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 5. Gates open at 5:00 Wednesday through Friday for the carnival, vendors, and amusement park. The flying gets going on Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening at 10:30 each day.

I’ll be there Thursday through Sunday and will try to arrange a meetup/Tweetup on the grounds, probably Saturday. Watch my Twitter feed at for time and place.

More information about the show is at