Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!
On Saturday we attended the Minnesota Kite Festival, something I wasn't even aware existed before I profiled January festivals. But it's a real live festival, held in January on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, sponsored by the Minnesota Kite Society. And yes, it was news to me that there's a Minnesota Kite Society, but they sure are active and have lots of fun events scheduled in upcoming months. Winter not only doesn't deter them, but apparently it provides lots of great winds, because they have several upcoming events which you can find out about by clicking on their link above.
Saturday was perfect.
Bright blue skies, and kites enormous and small floating through the air. Of course there was a stand that sold simple kites for the beginners, but there were many more experienced kite flyers who brought elaborate kites with them.
There was also a marshmallow roast.
Teen 2 particularly enjoyed this part.
There was an ice-fishing tent, and an area set up for people to try snowshoeing. I saw several people on cross-country skis. A concession table (outdoors, poor volunteers) giving out hot chocolate and cider, asking for only 50 cents in a donation (but not requiring it). There was also a stand selling hats and scarves.
Oh--and there was juggling:
With fire, no less. The juggler noted at the end that we can see him at the Renaissance Festival this fall. Nothing like advance promotion.
But most of all, there were kites.
Fish and snakes and boxes and even Spongebob Squarepants. This was definitely a family-friendly and dog-friendly event, but you didn't have to be there with kids or canines to enjoy the sight of those beautiful kites against the deep blue sky. Lake Harriet is a great location, with the big expanse of frozen lake.
Let's go fly a kite...