The event originally started in 1998 as a chance for families and friends to get together and enjoy the summer sun while flying kites. Considering it started out extremely small at its debut, it is nothing short of a miracle now that it has over 2500 people come to its event every year.
“This event used to be hosted down at Spencer Smith Park,” says Suzanne Gillies, “but now we have it here in Burlington.” Suzanne Gillies is the event coordinator and has worked for the festival for over twelve years. She plans events for the festival to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The thing that is surprising about Gillies is that she had never fl own a kite until she joined the Kite Festival!
“I love planning events and seeing people having a good time; that’s why I love being the event coordinator for the Festival,” says Gillies.
Even if you don’t have a kite handy, you can still be guaranteed a great time at the Festival; there are many shows that go on every hour, such as the Mad Science shows. There is even a station where you can make your own kites! We managed to grab a few free supplies from a nearby booth and with the instructions we made a relatively simple kite that flew quite well. With so many attractions at the Festival, it’s no wonder so many families with their children are convinced to come.
Voice K managed to interview one mom, Irem, along with her young son Derin. “I got an email from a friend who recommended the festival for my son and me,” says Irem. “I thought it would be fun, so we came!
My favourite event so far is the kite-creating station.” Though unfortunately the event was cut off by a rainstorm, it is undeniably agreed that this year’s festival has been another success.\
Visit http://cms.burlington.ca/Page518.aspx for more information on the kite festival.