“Go fly a kite” might usually sound like an insult, but for anyone interested in the Wheat Ridge Kite Flight Festival on April 29, it’s an invitation to fun.
This year’s festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Anderson Park, 44th and Field streets.
“As an active participant and bicyclist, I love this annual event and enjoy the camaraderie of friends and neighbors,” Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay said. “It’s a great way to get out and play in one of our beautiful Wheat Ridge parks.”
In addition to kite-flying, the Wheat Ridge Police Department will host a Child’s Safety Fair. With the Arvada Fire Department, officers will conduct drive-up car seat safety inspections and provide free car seats while supplies last. Wheat Ridge police will also sponsor a caricature artist, a balloon artist, face painting, Cheezo the county sheriff’s online safety mascot and a bike safety rodeo. Bikes will be provided if needed.
Crime prevention information will be available in English and Spanish.
Lutheran Medical Center will give away free bike helmets on a first-come, first-served basis. A drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. for two children’s bikes donated by Wheat Ridge Walmart. Drawings will also be held throughout the day for kites and other prizes. Wheat Ridge police officers will show off their DJ skills and provide music for the event. And Flight for Life Colorado is scheduled to land a helicopter in the baseball diamond between noon and 2 p.m.
“Our partnership with the Wheat Ridge Police Department brings so many added attractions to both our festivals,” said Kite Flite Festival Chairperson Margie Seyfer. “We love working with them. Two festivals within one has proved to be awesome.”
Two years ago, the Kite Flite Fest and Wheat Ridge Police decided to combine resources and hold their events on the same day. Because of its popularity, the combined event has returned for 2017.
While the Kite Flite Festival committee has arranged for additional parking, attendees are encouraged to park in the neighborhood and walk or ride a bike to the event. Attendees may bring a kite or purchase one of the affordable kites on sale at the event.