Battle Creek celebrates mid-summer beginning this week with hot air balloons, loud engines, carnival rides and food that's not on anyone's diet.

The Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, a summer staple since 1980, begins a seven-day run at W.K. Kellogg Airport with a free day and ends on the night of July 4th with the second of two fireworks displays.

On Saturday hundreds of runners will wind through the airport and city streets for the Battle Creek Half Marathon and 5K Race.

Like last year, the event starts today for the long holiday weekend and won't end until the fireworks show on Wednesday, July 4.  Click here on Battle Creek Enquirer for all the information.