Everyone is hoping for blue skies, warm temperatures, a little bit of wind and a field full of kite flyers Saturday as the 9th Annual Arvada Kite Festival takes flight — presented by the Arvada Festivals Commission and its community partner, the Foothills Kite Club, the event celebrates National Kite Month with free activities including kite contests, kids’ activities, lots of food and interesting community booths, making this one of the metro area’s most intriguing festivals.
“It was amazing how all those kites got in the sky without major tangles,” stated one enthusiastic guest last year.
Kite flying contests will fill the sky with competitions in two age groups (10 & under or 11 & over) in four categories: highest kite, most visually appealing kite, smallest kite and largest kite. Judges will be from the Foothills Kite Club and will award trophies to the top four competitors in both age groups.
According to co-organizer Jody Weiland, “In past years, we have had over 200 contestants fly their kites.”
Foothills Kite Club experts will also entertain with elaborate high-flying kites dancing to music or performing acrobatics throughout the day. There is room also for just plain kite flying, and kites will be for sale or kids can make their own kites at a special booth!
It’s not just about what’s in the sky at this festival, however. There will be non-aerial activities including fun at two jumping castles, sitting for the face painter, and watching the balloon twister’s and the caricaturist’s artistry. Other kids’ entertainment will include an arts and crafts booth with Dave Sullivan and the YMCA Kids Zone with lots of physical activity.
At noon, the perennial favorite, Jeffco Brass Band, will entertain the crowd with a selection of tunes. Over 20 community booths with a variety of offerings and food will be selling scrumptious goodies to round out the activities.
Dudley Weiland, co-organizer, says, “Last year’s kite festival was the biggest we have ever had. By adding new activities each year, we add to the appeal.”
Whether flying a kite or watching the kites, this will be a day for a family outing under Colorado’s beautiful blue skies with lots of fun for everyone.
When will all this fun happen? Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Robby Ferrufino Park
74th Ave. & Carr Drive
Cost: Free to the public
For more information: Call 720-898-7400