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Color the Wind 2018
Saturday, February 17, 2018
11 am to 4 pm 
10 N. Lakeview Drive
Clear Lake, Iowa

Larry and I are astonished and yet humbled by the overwhelming response and interest that was generated by our simple idea of flying kites on a frozen lake!  I am trying to respond to each of you who has asked for information.  If I have missed you, please contact me again and I'll do better!
Our "thanks" to everyone who worked this year to make the festival a success.....
Each and every one of our invited guest kite flyers for putting their heart soul into putting on a great show! 
Pam and Dale Bowden who work so hard to mark out the flying fields,
Scott Arnburg, who ventured out on the ice with his heavy equipment to make an ice highway for us,
Donna Dull for helping out in the Lakeview Room, 
Curt and Chris Cash for drilling anchor holes
Craig Christensen ....our top hat DJ!
City employees who plowed out access ramps for our kite fllyers 
Pam Hodges, Pam Bowden and Connie Ledvina for directing the kids' kite making workshop,
All those who volunteered to help the kids make and decorate their kites, 
Randy and Linda Larkey for putting up all those colorful banners
Route 66 Kite Store for making kites available for purchase 
The Clear Lake Arts Center, Paula Hanus and Arts Center volunteers for hosting the Friday evening reception
Zach Carll for the reception music
Our Safety Directors, Ken and Deena Biretz
David and Twila Okerlund, our hosts for the post festival pizza party
The Other Place for giving free kites to kids
Rings and Things for the on site food and beverage service 
And last but certainly not least, CBS Sunday Morning producer Mark Hudspeth for recognizing the value of an event like this and putting Color the Wind and Clear Lake, Iowa in the spotlight nationally! 


Color the Wind 2018 will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning at 8:00 AM Central time on Sunday, March 25th.
If you live in a different time zone, please check your TV listings. 


Here some links to videos of Color the Wind 2018: 

Color the Wind video 2018 Michael/Christopher Sherman

Color the Wind 2018 Bruce McKee

Clear Lake Kite Festival 2018 dakgeo

Here are links to what  bloggers had to say about Color the Wind:





What a Fantastic Day!
Larry and I are absolutely astounded at the numbers of people who turned out for Color the Wind 2018!  It's hard to estimate how many came, but cars were parked on the streets for blocks around, the city and church parking lots were full all day as was the Surf parking lot!  We have never seen so many people out on the lake enjoying the day!  Local restaurants report record breaking receipts with one actually running out of food!  The number of "hits" on this website between Feb. 1 and Feb 18 totaled nearly 84,000!
 The public reception at the Clear Lake Arts Center was very well attended and Lee Cowan and Mark Hudspeth spent several hours there shaking hands and visiting with people.  At the kids' kitemaking workshop on Saturday morning, 116 kids made their own kites and decorated them beautifully.  CBS Sunday Morning spent most of the day Friday at our home interviewing us and filming and were at the kite festival, on the ice filming and doing interviews all day Saturday.  The tentative date for the program to air is Sunday, March 25th.  I will post any change in this here on this page.
Be sure to check back often!  I'll be adding photos of Color the Wind 2018 as they become available.  We'll also be posting "thank you" notes to all those who helped make this event a success! 

ctw2018ronmiles6.jpg Thank you, Ron Miles, for sharing your wonderful photos with us!


Lee Cowan, CBS Sunday Morning,  interviewed us in our home the day before
the festival. Lee, Producer Mark Hudspeth and their crew made everything very comfortable and easy for Larry and me. They are all true professionals!

2018dodson4.jpgChris Dodson's picture proves it!
Pigs DO fly! 






Lee Cowan from CBS Sunday Morning spent most of day prior to the festival at our home to interview us.  He, producer Mark Hudspeth and their sound and camera crew made us very comfortable with the whole process.  Perfect gentlemen,all!









27867651_1646160085510734_1092791397403068017_n.jpg First time out of the bag for Michael Sherman's giant Gecko!

27982872_10210217793299297_8658594543715413005_o.jpg Our young friend, Harper, enjoying the kites!








27868074_10212002706722745_8934442559523207988_n.jpg Don and Betty Murphy always bring lots of fun to Color the Wind!  Their bouncy caterpillar is a BIG hit with the kids who love to play under it!





ctw2018timlynn.jpg Our good friends Tim and Lynn Warren who came all the way from Paw Paw, Michigan to help us out!  Tim is one of "Larry's Lackeys and Lynn made lots of young ones happy by helping them make their own kites at the Arts Center!





Who else but someone named Sean Beaver would own this one?  Thanks for coming all the way from Missouri, Sean and Stephanie!ctw2018ronmiles3.jpg

28166493_10155233156068062_1141108116403995157_n.jpg You maka me DIZZY!

Fire 'n Ice Alchemy stunt kite team demonstrating their routines for CBS Sunday Morning's Lee Cowanctw2018ronmiles5firenice.jpg


Oh, my!  That is one heck of a lot of horsepower!28167229_10155234590948062_6042523727420408017_n.jpg

Mr Kite, aka Craig Christensen, chatting with Lee Cowan from CBS Sunday Morningctw2018craigc2.jpg