Windscape Kite Festival

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Big Yellow (the sun) was out and the wind was howling over the weekend for the 13th Annual SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival.

Over 10,000 people were in attendance this year for one of Saskatchewan’s most unique festivals.
 
The event draws in an impressive cast of celebrity kite flyers each year to present their kites against the beautiful Saskatchewan sky. Along with an impressive lineup of kite flyers, the festival features a wide variety of activities for children and families—bubble stations, a straw bale maze, and face-painting, just to name a few.

Being a first timer at this event I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I would come away with some great photos of the colourful kites in the bright blue sky, but I had no idea how much fun I would have taking it all in.
 
The highlight of the day for me was watching a group of six perform synchronized kite flying—I had no idea this existed, but it is now my favourite thing to watch on YouTube. I also got to fly a stunt kite for a few minutes and that’s all it took for me to realize why these people are so in love with kites.

But that wasn't the end of it.  The kite fest was paired with Swift Current’s Long Days Night Music Festival, so there was more entertainment to be had. That LDN festival was packed and the musicians—Bombargo and Joel Plaskett—did not disappoint.
 
Two great festivals in one weekend… Swift Current really has things figured out.
 
Oh, and I should probably mention, admission to the SaskPower Winscape Kite Festival is FREE!
 
Mark your calendar for next year my friends, this festival is a MUST see!