It’s back! The 2019 SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival returns to Swift Current this weekend featuring 34 celebrity kite flyers from across the globe including North America.
Windscape is free and features four international flyers including Luca Piattoni from Italy, Marco Aponte and Sayde Bruges from Colombia and Orlando Onkingko from the Philippines.
Windscape also offers a wide-array of activities for the whole family including face-painting, kite-building, a bale maze, a splatter wall, hula hoops and much more. There are also food vendors, water refill stations and facilities at the Kite Field.
“We’re super excited. We’re already at the field getting things ready and it’s always a great time,” said organizer Sheri Florizone, earlier this week.
“We kind of spend all year planning. The last couple of weeks really gear up and everybody starts to get really excited about the weekend,” she said, adding this year will be her last organizing the event, as she is going onto other things.
According to Florizone, along with flyers getting together once a year to celebrate their enthusiasm, there’s a few new activities for the kids this year, as well — which includes daytime roaming entertainment. “It’s always such a good time.”
“The kids have such a great time and the flyers. It’s an opportunity for them to get together and visit and get to meet people interested in flying,” she noted.
Thousands of people visit the kite festival each year, she said. “They come from all over. All across Canada and the United States. If people are here visiting from out of country, often they’ll find out about Windscape and they’ll put it on their itinerary.”
“It’s just something that’s really unique to Saskatchewan. We’re the only kite festival in the Prairie provinces,” she said.
Florizone noted Windscape is a great experience. “You can come and spend the whole day.”
Windscape runs rain or shine Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info visit online at windscapekitefestival.ca. The festival is located at Marston Street and 11 Avenue SW on the south side of Swift Current.
Florizone noted she has been overwhelmed with all the support from Swift Current — the support of the community, volunteers, volunteer co-ordinators, the business community, sponsors and, “Everybody that steps up to support us,” she said, including in-kind sponsors.
“We just couldn’t do it without the support of this incredible community we call home,” she added.