The 18th year of Color the Wind is now a memory. I hope it is a good
one for you!
We had the biggest flying field ever
with no open water to contend with! We had sunshine and blue skies! We had some wind, but could have used more
in order to put up some of our larger kites. We loved having plenty of safe places on the ice for the public...and especially
those who came to fly their own kites! We loved seeing so many families out out on the ice enjoying good, clean family
fun....and all for free!
Larry and I have organized Color the Wind for
18 years now and have tried to make it better each year. We always keep in mind those who are perhaps not able bodied
enough to walk long distances from their vehicle to a good vantage point, so this year we worked with the Chamber to provide
a free shuttle service.
We had people thank us for providing
the shuttle service from the High School; others complained because the wait for the shuttle was too long. We apologize
to those of you who were unhappy with the service. This was our first year to try to provide that service and had no
way of knowing how many would take advantage of it. Because of the complaints, it's possible that we will not offer
it again next year.
I was astounded at the distances some traveled to come to Color the Wind! In addition to those from
the Midwest, I met people from Maine, California, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Colorado, Texas......and
a wonderful couple from Ontario, Canada all of whom came to Clear Lake, Iowa just for Color the Wind! I am always especially
happy to see all of the "down home" folks that support the event!
Thank you to each and every one of our
kite flyers, and to all of those who gave of their time and energy to work behind the scenes to make the festival come off
without a hitch......from drilling anchor holes, to providing ATV/UTV transport on the ice, to Bob Wolfram who built our roadways/walkways
out on the ice, to those who helped with setup and tear down in the Lakeview Room, our DJ....the list goes on and on. It takes
a a lot of teamwork and dedication to make this happen!
And it's all worth it to see the smiles!