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Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:57

Windscape set for June 25-26

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By John R. Statton — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With only one week of anticipation left the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival is ready to get off the ground.

“It’s going to be a great festival and I hope everybody from Swift Current comes,” said Shann Gowan, festival co-ordinator.

“There is a lot of talk in the province about Windscape.”

This year’s festival will be held 10 a.m. to5 p.m. June 25-26 at Southwest Hill on 11 Ave. and Marston Street.

Professional kite flyers from around the globe will attend, representing Germany, France, and the U.S. to name a few.

Gowan noted the appearance of world-renowned kite master Rolf Zimmermann, who has been designing and making kites since the 1980s, should not be missed.

“Owning a Rolf Zimmermann kite is a big deal in the kite world, but they’re like $2,000 kites and mean a lot to kite flyers,” she said. “We just lucked into him.”

The four-person team Rev Riders will perform choreographed kite flying.

“They can tap a kite on the top of your head and take off, they can stop mid-air and just hover there, they can swoop along the ground tipping the grass. They are amazing,” said Gowan.

The one-man circus act Flyin’ Bob will return to Windscape for another year of comedy, tightrope walking, and entertainment.

“At one point, he puts 42 plastic garden chairs on his chin and balances them,” she said. “He’s great; he’s really good.”

The newest attraction for children is a splatter mural: An 8 x 24 foot sheet that will be covered by the temper paint from balloon bursts.

The straw bale maze will be expanded due to popular demand and the addition of kite-assisted photography will give patrons a bird’s-eye-view of flying.

There will be a public kite flying area for anyone looking to get in on the action.

Admission to the festival is free, and children’s events are nominal.

One token is needed per event, and cost $1 each or $20 for 25 tokens.

“For about $10-$12 your kid can do absolutely everything there is to do: Face painting, build a kite, see the main stage workshop, do the splatter mural, get tattoos, and even make a windsock,” said Gowan.

“Even though it’s family-oriented, there’s lots for everyone to do. Elderly people can come and tune in with headsets to our radio frequency to follow along with the announcer.”

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