Color the Wind

Kites fly over Clear Lake during the Color the Wind Kite Festival.

CLEAR LAKE | Huge colorful kites and banners will fill the skies over frozen Clear Lake Saturday for the Color the Wind Kite Festival. 

Festivities for the all-ages event begin at 11 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. at 10 N. Lakeview Drive.

Many of the kites and banners -- some more than 60 feet tall or wide -- are designed and handmade by their owners.

Several favorites from past years, like a whale and octopus, will make a return to the lake along with new kites like Chris Dodson’s fiery red dragon and many more.

Stunt kite teams, 180GO and Fire 'n Ice will demonstrate their skill and precision by flying two- and four-line kites in programs choreographed to music. 

They’ll perform “kite dances” periodically throughout the day in front of the seawall.

Festivalgoers should dress warmly and stake out their vantage point early. Saturday's forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 30. Snow is likely between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

NIACC is sponsoring a kite-making workshop for up to 100 kids from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clear Lake Arts Center, 17 S. Fourth St. The kites made will be simple but flyable.

A flying field for smaller kites and kids’ kites is reserved at City Beach just south of the Sea Wall.  

There will be a “kite shop” with a selection of kites in the Lakeview Room across the street from the flying field. 

The Lakeview Room not only serves as a kite shop but also a "comfort station," where festivalgoers can warm up and buy treats from the Relay for Life team.

Hot food and beverages can be purchased at the Rings and Things food truck, which will be parked just in front of the Lakeside Room. 

Color the Wind was founded by Larry Day in 2001. Since then, the festival has been featured in many magazines and on Iowa Public Television. 

This year, a producer, film crew and an on-air personality from CBS Sunday Morning will be in Clear Lake to produce a story about Color the Wind, which will be aired nationally.    

For more information, visit www.colorthewind.org.

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Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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