Seventh Annual Kites in The Park Takes Flight

If I haven't flown a kite in a while, I don't feel like I have that much interest in it. Then, put one in my hand, and instantly I become an enthusiast. Feeling the power of the wind through the string in my hand triggers my visual appreciation for the kite's beautiful colors against the blue Colorado sky, and for the design of the kite.

There may be a lot of sore necks after the free kite festival coming up in Fort Collins.

Free Kite Festival Offers Something for Everyone

The seventh annual Kites In the Park Kite Festival will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Spring Canyon Community Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Rd. This free family event will feature kite flying demonstrations, contests for kids, the Recreation Summer Activities Fair, kite ballets, giant kites, kite battles, synchronized kite flying, free face painting and, of course, the free Kite Making Station. If possible, participants are asked to bike or walk to the festival, as parking is limited.

Returning to the festival are the Colorado Disc Dogs, Mix McGraw (who holds the World Record for flying 230 kites at one time), Bob Matteo (who will launch his giant octopus, clownfish and scuba diver kite) and John Farrell, who will perform several kite ballets. Children visiting the Kite Making Station will receive a free kite that they can decorate, attach tails to, and fly. In addition, over 100 kites will be given away throughout the festival to those who win contests or drawings. To add to the ambiance of Kites in the Park, a myriad of vendors will be selling something for everyone who attends the Festival. The City of Fort Collins Summer Activities Fair will display activities that are offered this summer by the Recreation Department, Natural Areas Department, The Gardens on Spring Creek and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Children’s activities are planned throughout the day.

Kites In the Park has been made possible by the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, Fort Fund, KISS FM, Big Country 97.9, Hobby Town USA, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, JAX Outdoor Gear, Mawson Lumber and volunteers from Strong Women, Strong Bones, Fossil Ridge High School and Clay’s ACE Hardware.

For more information on Kites in the Park, please contact Jill Mueggenberg at jmueggenberg@fcgov.com or 970.221.6358.

NOTE: The City of Fort Collins will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  For more information call 970.224.6027 or email rlee@fcgov.com.