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The 5th Annual Kites in the Park Kite Festival, April 29

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Free Kite Festival Offers Something for Everyone

Friday, April 20, 2012 (Fort Collins, CO)-The fifth annual Kites In The Park Kite Festival will take flight on Sunday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Spring Canyon Community Park, 2626 W. Horsetooth Rd. This free family event will feature kite flying demonstrations, contests for kids, kite ballets, giant kites, synchronized kite flying, free face painting and, of course, the free kite making station.

Approximately 1400 tyvek kites have been made by volunteers from the Aspen Club’s Strong Women, Strong Bones and Fossil Ridge High School in preparation for this year’s festival. Children visiting the Kite Making Station will receive a free kite that they get to decorate, attach tails to, and fly at the festival. In addition, over 150 kites will be given away throughout the festival to those who win contests or raffle drawings.

This year’s line up of kite performers includes several fliers who are new to Kites in the Park. John and Cass Pittman of Team N-Sync, will travel from San Diego to fly their quad-line kites synchronized to each other and to music. John Pollack, a professor of art at Montana State University Billings, will display his beautiful handmade artistic kites which won him five trophies at the American Kitefliers Association Convention. Also displaying kites and ground art will be John and Patty Edwards from Texas.
Returning to the festival are Mix McGraw, who holds the World Record for flying 230 kites at one time, Bob Matteo, who will launch his giant octopus, clownfish and scuba diver kites, and fliers from Rocky Mountain Kite Association. Both the Afghani and Pakistani cultural clubs from Colorado State University will also return to demonstrate kite flying traditions from their countries.

To add to the ambiance of Kites in the Park, a myriad of vendors will be selling everything from espresso, ice cream and cupcakes to kites, tacos and Philly cheesesteaks.

If possible, participants are asked to bike or walk to the festival, as parking is limited.

Kites in the Park has been made possible by the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, Fort Fund, KISS FM, Big Country 97.9, Hobby Town USA, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mawson Lumber and volunteers from Strong Women, Strong Bones and Fossil Ridge High School.

For more information on Kites in the Park, please call 970.224.6032.

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