CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake has several remedies for "cabin fever": Christmas by the Lake, ice fishing tournaments, snowmobile races, the Winter Dance Party and the Color the Wind Kite Festival.

Each year, on the third Saturday in February, serious kite fliers from at least eight states descend on Clear Lake to brighten the skies above the frozen lake with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes.

“There will be kites flown during the event, on Feb. 18, 2017, that have never been seen here before," said event organizer Larry Day. "One that will warrant a lot of attention is a space alien seen sitting atop his spaceship."

Returning crowd favorites include the galloping horses, “Whiskers” the cat, the big 60-foot whales, Day’s trademark kite “Buddy,” the 40-foot teddy bear, plus many more.

The kite ballets choreographed to music and performed by the stunt kite teams of 180GO and Fire and Ice are fascinating with their beauty and grace, according to Day.

Both teams will perform periodically throughout the day.

Announcements and music will be provided by “Mr. Kite” Craig Christensen from Webster, Minnesota.

Everyone is invited to bring a kite and join the fun out on the ice. Kites may be purchased from the kite shop set up inside the Lakeview Room, directly across the street from the flying field.

Hot lunches will be available on site at the Rings and Things lunch wagon.

There will be a public wine and cheese reception at the Clear Lake Arts Center on Friday evening, Feb. 17. Many of the kite pilots are scheduled to be on hand. The arts center will also be open on Saturday.

Depending on wind conditions, kites will start going up on the lake at the west end of Main Street at about 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The show will continue until about 4 p.m.

Spectators are encouraged to dress warmly, and bring blankets and lawn chairs to “camp out” and picnic on the frozen lake.

The event is free, thanks to the support of various local civic groups, businesses and the Chamber of Commerce.

For information and updates, visit www.colorthewind.org, or contact Kay Day at 641-355-3735 or kay_day@cltel.net.

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