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The 2016 Color the Wind Kite Festival (Arian Schuessler, The Globe Gazette

The Color the Wind Kite Festival, a colorful highlight of the winter in Clear Lake, was canceled in 2017 due to "rapidly deteriorating" ice conditions.

CBS This Morning had planned to send a crew and correspondent Lee Cowan to cover the event, but it committed to covering the event next year, set for Feb. 17, 2018.

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. It traditionally includes organizer Larry Day's Day’s trademark kite “Buddy,” a 40-foot teddy bear.

There are kite ballets choreographed to music and performed by the stunt kite teams, a kite shop set up inside the Lakeview Room, and hot lunches on site.

For information and updates, visit www.colorthewind.org.

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