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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 on the ice enjoying good, clean family fun....and
all for free!
Larry and I have organized Color the Wind now for 18 years andhave tried to
make it better each year. We always keep in mind that there are 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 of Commerce to provide
a free shuttle service.
Some thanked us for providing the free shuttle service; 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 do this and had no way of knowing how many would take advantage of it.
The Chamber plans to add more shuttle vehicles for the 2020 Festival!
Another improvement you can expect for 2020: An additional food
vendor at the festival site. We encourage local businesses to actively run specials and
advertise in conjunction with Color the Wind so the crowds coming from all over the nation will be able to patronize you.
Festival goers: make use of the information on the internet to discover Clear Lake businesses in advance of your visit.
There are many great food establishments within a very short walk of the festival site.
We were astounded at the distances some traveled to come to Color the Wind!
In addition to those from surrounding states, we met people from Maine, California, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, New
Yort, Connecticut, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah.....and a wonderful couple from Ontario, Canada, all of whom came to Clear
Lake, Iowa just for Color the Wind. We are always happy to see our own North Iowans here, but we were also happpy that
the CBS Sunday Morning coverage of last year's festival resulted in such a big increase in our fan base!
Thank you to each and everyone 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 transports on the ice, to Bob Wolfram who built our roadways/walkways out on the lake,to thosewho
helpedwith setup and tear down on the lake and in the Lakeview Room. The list goes on and on. It takes a lot of
teamwork and dedication to make this happen!
And it's all worth it to see the smiles on festival day!
We will hope to see you on the third Saturday in February 2020!