Swift Cur­rent skies come alive at Windscape

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

ites of all sizes, shapes and de­signs filled the skies over Swift Cur­rent dur­ing an­other colour­ful Windscape Kite Fes­ti­val.

The an­nual kite fes­ti­val not only at­tracted a wide ar­ray of colour­ful kites, the event also at­tracted kite de­sign­ers and per­form­ers from across North Amer­ica.

Dick Cur­ran and his wife, who hail from Edge­wood, Wash­ing­ton, were mak­ing their sec­ond ap­pear­ance at Windscape. He has been fly­ing kites for seven decades, so he is very ex­pe­ri­enced when it come to kites.

“I flew kites back in the 40s, that was in high school. Then I went to Korea and spent my two years and got back into Wash­ing­ton in 1958, but it was prob­a­bly in the early 70s that I got back into kit­ing.”

Cur­ran and his wife, Ge­orgean build all their own kites and at one point Satur­day had six of them in the air at the same time.

“Two years ago we were in­vited guests over there on the hill (High­land Park) and we were in­vited back this year.

Cur­ran ex­plained why he keeps com­ing back toWind­scape.

“It is 1,300 miles and as we drive across the coun­try we have a car that ev­ery time it sees a flower it will stop, and for some flow­ers it will ac­tu­ally back up, and wa­ter­falls. Also, we hit hot springs and as we go back we will hit Ra­dium and Banff and Jasper be­cause we love hot springs.”

The peo­ple in Canada are dif­fer­ent from where Cur­ran comes from.

“The peo­ple in Canada are en­tirely dif­fer­ent, es­pe­cially out here in the coun­try. You have very lit­tle crime and you have few prob­lems in com­par­i­son when you have a city and peo­ple packed in real tight to­gether.”

A Windscape high­light was the pre­ci­sion fly­ing by the mem­bers of the Wind­jam­mers Stunt Kite Team. The com­pet­i­tive kite fly­ers amazed the crowd with their in­tri­cate fly­ing pat­ters and ex­act­ing skills.

TheMarston St. and 11th Ave. S.W. site of the kite fes­ti­val was also a treat for the ears, with the an­nual Long Day’s Night Mu­sic Fes­ti­val host­ing three nights of en­ter­tain­ment. They boasted out­stand­ing shows by The Mock­ing Shad­ows, a dou­ble bill fea­ture Mon­de­green and the Rox­anne Potvin Band, and a rous­ing fi­nal night per­for­mance by the Mykal Gam­bull Band and Cousin Har­ley.

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