CLEAR LAKE — Color the Wind Kite Festival celebrates its 11th year of bringing unusual aerial displays and family-friendly entertainment to Clear Lake from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the downtown seawall.

Admission is free.

With nearly 7,000 attendees in 2011, the Color the Wind Kite Festival has become the largest winter kite festival in the Midwest. 

Kite enthusiasts from eight states will fly hundreds of show kites over the ice, some of which measure more than 100 feet long and 30 feet wide. 

The medley includes cats, dogs, penguins, and even a 40-foot-tall teddy bear named Buddy, as well as colorful ground displays that stand out against the snow and ice. 

New this year are crab and horse kites, as well as a number of “mega kites” which were imported from New Zealand and stand four stories high. Many notable kite fliers, including American Kitefliers Association president Barbara Meyer, will be in attendance, decorating the sky with their favorite flying objects.

Catch the synchronized kite stylings of Fire & Ice and 180 Go!, two professional kite flying teams who will perform throughout the day. 

Fire & Ice is an award-winning kite flying duo with a beautifully choreographed “kite ballet,” while the sport kite flying team 180 Go! will bring a high-energy show to the ice as they maneuver their four-line kites with incredible precision. 

Watch Fire & Ice at noon, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., and 180 Go! intermittently throughout the day.

Grab a hot beverage from the lunch wagon near the flying field and head to the Lakeview Room across the street. Kite memorabilia collector Tom Cross will display his assortment of scrapbooks, photographs and kite-related souvenirs all day. His collection of antique postcards has been featured in Kiting magazine and was an award winner at the Twin Cities Post Card Show. Kites will also be on sale all day in the Lakeview Room.

For more information, contact Kay Day at kiteman@netins.net or 641-357-5516. Festival updates or changes in location, postponement or cancellation will be posted on the website, http://colorthewind.org.