Kite Festival taking off

By: Tammy Rollie

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 09:08 am

Taylor Hinton-Turik keeps her dragon kite in the air during the 2013 Kite Festival. The event is set to go again this year in Riverside Park on April 27.
Taylor Hinton-Turik keeps her dragon kite in the air during the 2013 Kite Festival. The event is set to go again this year in Riverside Park on April 27.
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Bright colours will fill the sky over Riverside Park as hundreds of kites lift off in a popular family activity.

The Town of Okotoks is putting southern Alberta’s windy season to good use and inviting families outdoors for its annual Kite Festival on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s a great way to spend the day outside,” said Mark Doherty, the Town’s community events coordinator. “This is an opportunity to bring everybody together, whether you are a novice or more advanced kite flyer, and enjoy the day.”

Doherty said people from across the foothills and even Calgary join in the fun each year.

“It’s nice to see the interaction between families – moms and dads playing with the kids and each taking a turn flying the kite,” he said.

A professional kite flyer from The Kite Guys in Airdrie will return to interact with people at the festival and showcase kite-flying techniques, said Doherty. The company will sell a variety of inexpensive to high-end kites, he said.

“You do see some very intricate and expensive kites down there,” he said. “Obviously it’s an interest to a number of people that fly kites.”

Monkey Mountain Toys and Games in downtown Okotoks prepares for the festival each year with a variety of family-friendly kites for sale.

Store manager Patrick Lamontagne said the store experiences an increase in kite sales right before the festival. The most popular selections are the standard diamond-shaped kites, he said.

Doherty said the Kite Festival is one of many activities that fit the Town’s philosophy of making Okotoks a healthy community to live in.

“It’s just another organized activity that allows families to get out on a nice day and spend time outside,” he said.

Doherty is looking for a non-profit organization to host a barbecue in conjunction with the event. Those interested can call him at 403-938-8950.


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