Kite festival soon to take flight in Saskatchewan

Supplied/ Greg HuszarParticipants can be seen working the skies with a blend of unique and colourful kites at the 2012 Windscape Kite Festival. Organizers say they’re expecting an increase of roughly 2,000 people at this year’s two-day event running form June 22 to June 23.

Kite enthusiasts from across North America and the world will soon be descending upon Saskatchewan for the 9th annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival in Swift Current, Sask.

Shann Gowan, cultural festival coordinator with Windscape said they’re expecting roughly 10,000 people to attend this year’s event running from June 22 to June 23.

She explained with roughly 50 per cent of the audience coming from Swift Current and the rest coming from different parts of Saskatchewan and North America, the event is the perfect time to put the province on display.

“This is a unique festival,” said Gowan. “Kite festivals are big in Asia and Europe, but it’s not as big in North America so this is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate the things that make Saskatchewan special down in the south west corner.”

She continued, “We’ve got big blue skies, rolling plains and lots and lots of wind, so it’s a nice way to celebrate that and show it off to the world.”

Gowan explained the festival will feature a ton of unique kites ranging from massive pieces of flying art, to the tight flying maneuvers of stunt and sport kites and despite the fact the festival was off to a slow start nine-years ago; it’s definitely taken flight in recent years.

“It’s just a matter of getting people to know what a kite festival is and once they’ve come, they’ll be committed and they’ll come back again.”

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and while there is an event schedule, most are wind permitting.

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