Fund­ing helps Wind­scape add in­ter­na­tional kite fly­ers

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

The 2011 edi­tion of the SaskPower Wind­scape Kite Fes­ti­val has been given a fi­nan­cial boost by both the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Last Wed­nes­day the prov­ince an­nounced a $25,000 con­tri­bu­tion to the 2011 fes­ti­val set for June 25 and 26. A day later Cy­press Hills-Grass­lands MP David An­der­son an­nounced the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was con­tribut­ing $15,900 in fund­ing for the two-day event.

Fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor Shann Gowan con­firmed that the sev­enth an­nual edi­tion of the kite fes­ti­val will boast a larger in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gent.

“It’s ex­cel­lent,” she said of the gov­ern­ment fund­ing com­mit­ment. “They gave money last years as well so we’re re­ally happy to get the fund­ing again this year.”

“This year we are bring­ing in kite fly­ers from Ger­many as well as France, which is a big step for us. We’ve never had fly­ers from Europe. Plus we’ve got a big line-up com­ing from down in the States and from across Canada.”

At cur­rent time a trio of over­seas par­tic­i­pants have been con­firmed for the event. Ger­ard Cle­ment from France is the found­ing pres­i­dent of the French Kite Fly­ing Fed­er­a­tion and par­tic­i­pates in kite fly­ing events across the globe. Ger­many’s Bernhard Ding­w­erth is a renown de­signer of in­flat­able kites, hav­ing won the Ger­man cham­pi­onship three times with his cre­ations. An­dreas Napravnik, also from Ger­many, will be bring­ing his spe­cialty flat kites, which are sewn in patch­work. He boasts a pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy and does Kite Arial Pho­tog­ra­phy.

A list of fly­ers al­ready con­firmed can be found at the Wind­scape fes­ti­val web­site at www.wind­scapekite­fes­ti­val.ca.

Gowan noted that the con­tin­u­ally grow­ing fes­ti­val truly has un­lim­ited po­ten­tial and op­por­tu­nity.

“It’s a per­fect place to have a fes­ti­val. We have lots of wind and we’ve got a big open area. Peo­ple are in­ter­ested from all over the world.”

“There’s lots for fam­i­lies to do,” she said, not­ing they will be ex­pand­ing on their straw bale maze, they have new ideas for the kids events, and Flyin’ Bob will re­turn as the af­ter­noon en­ter­tain­ment.

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