Source: SaskPower Media Release, May 15, 2019
Flying the Prairie Skies for 15 years!
Swift Current, SK – The SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, June 22 & 23, 2019. Windscape is a free-admission family festival featuring 34 celebrity kite flyers from Italy, Colombia, the Philippines, and from across North America and the USA.
The SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival will be a highlight of your Saskatchewan festival season! With a great lineup of kite artists attending from across North America and beyond, the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival offers an exciting weekend of unique entertainment. The festival is open Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
At Windscape, the skies above Swift Current fill with an incredible array of beautiful and colourful kites, and there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy, such as face-painting, kite-building, bale maze, splatter wall, and so much more! There are food vendors and facilities at the kite field, so you can easily spend an entire day…your weekend…on the Windscape Kite Field!
This world-class event attracts kite flyers, enthusiasts and fun-loving people from across the globe to one prairie field to enjoy an exciting weekend of kiting and family fun. Thousands of visitors from across Canada and the northern United States come to the Windscape Field to make and fly their own kites, watch celebrity kite flyers, and enjoy entertainment on and off the flyer fields.
Windscape thanks SaskPower, the Government of Canada, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Tourism Saskatchewan, the City of Swift Current, and all our local sponsors for their generous support.
KITE FLYING A FAMILY TRADITION AT WINDSCAPE
Kiera McLellan and Myles Huble came to the Swift Current SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival in hopes of learning how to fly kites, but not just any kites. They wanted to learn how to fly the kites built by Kiera’s deceased step-father, Les Hargreaves.
During the 1980s, Kiera’s step-father handmade over thirty kites. He learned to build them from a book. He was fastidious in his kite-making process and would work for hours, carefully sewing and stitching pieces of fabric together. After he passed away, Kiera and Myles wanted to learn how to fly Les’s kites to remember him. “Thirty years ago, I didn’t appreciate what Les was doing. Perspective shifts as you age, especially once you lose the creator. I wish he was here to see it all” says Kiera.
When Kiera and Myles discovered the Windscape Kite Festival and Long Days Night Music Festival online, they immediately, they knew they had to attend. They drove out from Alberta with Les’s kites carefully packed up. They didn’t expect was such an open and welcoming community of kiters; when speaking with some of the kite flyers, several recognized Les’s name. Kiera and Myles were met with a simple statement that said it all about the friendly and open-hearted community that kite flyers are “Oh, we’re your people!”.
Find more festival details on WindScapeKiteFestival.ca
Image Source: Windscapekitefestival.ca
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