This is how it all began.....a vacation in Door County, Wisconsin and the discovery
of the little kite shop there. We stopped in at the Fish Creek Kite Company to buy simple little kites for our grandchildren
never dreaming that we would be the ones to become addicted to the sport! I remember Larry's words as we left the shop,
having seen a wide variety of styles, sizes and prices of the kites available. "Anyone who pays more than $120
for a kite is crazy". Before the week was out, he was back to buy a bigger, more complex (and expensive) kite for
That winter, we traveled to Madison, WI for "Kites on Ice".
We were in awe of what we experienced there and the wheels started turning....."We have kites, we have a lake that
freezes in the winter, WE could have a winter kite festival right here in Clear Lake, Iowa! So we did! The first
Color the Wind festival was held in February of 2001 and, with the exception of one year when the lake didn't freeze, we've
been doing it ever since!
Color the Wind is now the largest winter kite festival
in the Midwest with serious kite flyers from 8 states traveling here to display their collections of unique kites, banners
and ground displays. Stunt kite teams flying two and four line kites perform kite dances choregraphed to music.
And it's FREE! Folks gather along the seawall and out on the frozen lake to enjoy the show, getting their
hot food and beverages from the lunch wagon on site. Some bring their grills and picnic "tailgate" style!
It's a great day with crowds in past years up to about 7,000 people.
made possible by your contributions and those of local civic groups, businesses, the City of Clear Lake and the Clear Lake
Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to eveyone who has been so supportive of this good, clean family entertainment!