Ready, set, go! Austin’s festival season is about to take off. First up: the Zilker Kite Festival. This year’s gathering of kites and fliers takes place on March 3rd with a rain date set for March 10th. Festival activities include a kite making workshop, kite flying demonstrations and contests for the most unusual, the steadiest, the highest angle, the strongest pulling and the largest and smallest kites, a kids’ 50 yard dash with a flying kite, and a prize for the oldest and youngest contestants. The Festival ends with a spectacular mass ascent of kites filling the sky above the Great Lawn.
Whole Earth Provision Co. is joining in the fun with a Day in the Park raffle. The package, valued at over $400, includes a Yucatan hammock and hammock stand, a Sport Brella, and a Recon Kite. Tickets can be purchased before March 2nd at the three Austin Whole Earth stores and at the Kite Festival on March 3rd. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Pebble Project.
The Pebble Project is sponsored by Communities in Schools, a Central Texas non-profit that offers help to children facing crises and significant barriers to education such as hunger, poverty, unattended health needs and domestic violence. The Pebble Project works to prevent child abuse and neglect by empowering children to contribute to their own safety by recognizing potentially dangerous situations, offering strategies for responding assertively to potential threats and encouraging children to seek help from adults they trust. The Pebble Project also has workshops for adults on the prevention of child abuse, neglect and assault.
The Zilker Kite Festival was launched by the Exchange Club of Austin back in 1929 as an opportunity for children and the community to come together for some shared fun and creativity. Now in its 85th year, the Festival is the oldest continuously run kite festival in the country.
If you’re in need of a kite for the event, stop by your favorite Whole Earth store. We have kites for beginners as well as sport and stunt kites. And don’t forget to download a copy of our Kite Flyer’s Field Guide for Judging Wind Speed. We’ll see you at Zilker!