The Shelby Kiwanis is looking forward to once again sponsoring the Fourth Annual Kite Festival on Saturday, June 15, at the Shelby Airport, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Everyone, age five to 95, is encouraged to attend! 

“People think it’s just for kids,” said Kiwanis member Jack Widmar. “To tell you the truth, since this started I have gotten into flying kites. It boils down to one thing. It’s just fun!”

As in years past, the festival will feature food, music, face painting and, of course, all the fun that comes with flying kites! A new addition to the event is the community-wide swap meet that will be taking place. There will be a small charge at the festival for anyone wishing to set up a table. There will be a few vendors, but not as many with the swap meet taking place. 

Mike Dean, who has been a great supporter of the festival since its start, will be playing music throughout the day. And Widmar will also be talking to people, getting their input on the event and kite-flying conditions. 

Businesses that show their support with banners include the Chamber, Merchants Association and Core Civic. Toole County allows free use of the airport, which is instrumental in having the event take place. But according to Widmar, the people are what truly make the event a success.

“Most important are the people that come up and just have a great day of family fun,” said Widmar.

As far as challenges go, there aren’t a lot with the kite festival. The main issue the Kiwanis faces every year, as do many other organizations when trying to host an event, is having enough people to help out and picking a date when nothing else is going on. But in the end, it all tends to work out, benefiting all involved.

“Any event that draws people to town is important,” said Widmar. “Potentially, people stay an extra day to see what we have to offer, thus spending money at a motel or camp ground, eating at restaurants and taking in the other sites. In the end it all comes together.”

When it comes to fun, family-oriented summer events, the Kiwanis Kite Festival is one of the first on the agenda. Taking place the day before Father’s Day, this is a great opportunity to get the family together and out in the fresh air to enjoy an activity that has stood the test of time and continues to be fun for folks of all ages and abilities. 

Grab your family and friends, your lawn chairs and, of course, your kites! The Kiwanis hopes to see you, Saturday, June 15, at the airport.

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