Color the Wind Kite Festival

Color the Wind 2014
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Iowa Public Television (IPTV) will feature "Color the Wind" on "Iowa Outdoors" on the following dates:

Thu, December 11, 2014 6:30 PM (IPTV)   

Sat, December 13, 2014 8:30 AM (IPTV)

Fri, December 26, 2014 8:30 PM (IPTV)

Sat, December 27, 2014 2:00 AM (IPTV)

The first part of the program will be an under ice adventure; Color the Wind is the second part of the program. 

Color the Wind 2015
Saturday, February 21st
Clear Lake, Iowa 
11 am to 4 pm
On the frozen waters of Clear Lake at the Downtown Seawall 
This year, we will be joined by the Clear Lake Arts Center in bringing weekend kite related activities and displays to you!  Watch for details! 


Goodbye, old friend!
We will truly miss you on and off the flying field.

 Color the Wind  2014


It was frigid and the snow was heavy, but serious kitefliers from seven states were determined to put on a show!  They drove onto the ice covered lake, drug out their bags of kites and bravely fought the elements to make those kites fly!  It was snowing so hard that some kites actually filled up with snow and had to be brought back down to be emptied. 


There were numerous kites that were new to Color the Wind.....the gigantic blue whale, the galloping horse, the indescribable ocean wave bol, the huge guitar streaming musical notes through the air and many more.  And in the midst of all this, both stunt kite teams, 180GO and Fire and Ice, gamely presented their choreographed kite ballets throughout the day. As the day wore on, the snow let up and there were hundreds of kites of all shapes and sizes in the air, making for a tremendous show.



Larry and I want to thank all who braved the snowstorm to put on a great show:  Those who worked hard to scoop out paths to make it possible to get onto the lake, marked out the flying fields, and those who drilled anchor holes for kites and ground displays, the safety team, all of whom provided great support for those who were flying kites.  We also want to thank the crew that staffed the Lakeview Room to provide information and help to visitors and Dave and Twila Okerlund for hosting the guest kitefliers for pizza after the event.  We are SO thankful for all the wonderful, hard working people who made this event a success again!



Ann and Tony Killip's 60' Blue Whale kite launched easily the morning of Color the Wind and flew steadily all day.  When the snow was the heaviest, he looked like he was swimming toward us through a fog bank!  a better view was afforded us during the afternoon when the snowstorm let up.




Steve Nicol introduced us to his Tiger kite for the first time this year.  A great addition to the Color the Wind menagerie!  This is another photo that helps to give you an idea of how big our kites are when you compare them to the vehicles parked below them .


 I'm not sure what the proper name is for this beautiful piece and so I simply call it "the Ocean Wave Bol".  It is so intricate with so many parts to it that it's hard to describe!  The Bol is complimented by matching accessory pieces.  Unfortunately, the matching drogue became detached and flew into a tree along Lakeview Dr.  It disappeared during the night of the festival and we have not yet recovered it and are asking everyone to watch for it and to return it to us so we can make Jeff's set complete again.UPDATE:  The drogue was rescued from the kite eating tree and delivered to Larry.  It's now back in the owner's hands.  Many thanks to Steve Finer!

Ed Grys' galloping horse kite

One of the most commented on kites this year was Ed Grys' galloping horse kite.  Ed has displayed this kite at Color the Wind before, but only for a short time because of low wind conditions.  This is an amazingly well designed kite, which has resulted in lifelike movement in the wind.   The colors Ed chose for the horse give it an almost magical appearance.  Love the horse!


Iowa Public Television (IPTV) came to Clear Lake to film Color the Wind.  Chris Gourley and his crew braved the weather all day to capture the essence of the day.  Their coverage of the kite festival will air on IPTV in December 2014.  Be sure to watch for i!



Color the Wind is a non-profit organization started by Larry and Kay Day.  It's purpose is to provide free family entertainment and bring smiles to the faces of kids of all ages.  The event is made possible only by your  generous contributions and those of local civic groups and businesses.  Please thank the following for making Color the Wind possible in 2014:

Clear Lake Bank & Trust

Clear Lake Telephone Co.

Farmers' State Bank 

Larson's Mercantile 

Manufacturers Bank and Trust

Starboard Market 

The Other Place 


Clear Lake Rotary Club

Clear Lake Evening Lions 

Clear Lake Noon Lions

Dr. Rob Gross 

Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce

City of Clear Lake

Click here to see the Des Moines Register Feature article about Color the Wind.