HARTFORD — Test your kite-flying skills at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 15, during the tower’s annual Wind Festival.
Gateway Kite Club of St. Louis will showcase sport kite-flying and give kite-flying tips. Club members will bring their trainer kites for those interested in learning how to fly like the pros. Gateway Kite Club is a nonprofit club that has been active in the St. Louis community for more than 30 years. The club’s purpose is to encourage interest in year-round kiting. Visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of the river winds at the tower and fly their own kites on the expansive tower grounds.
As an added treat, visitors can expect to see Peter Cottontail hopping around the Visitor Center. All children who meet the Easter Bunny will receive an early Easter treat.
Visits with the Easter Bunny and the Wind Festival are free events, although there is a charge to tour the tower.
“The Wind Festival is a wonderful family event,” Deanna Barnes, project manager for the village of Hartford, said. “The tower is the perfect place to take advantage of the winds in our area to fly kites. And, of course, we appreciate the Gateway Kite Club, which has helped make this event a success year after year.”
The Wind Festival typically is in March but weather issues postponed the event until Easter weekend.
The tower is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for adults 62 and older, active military and veterans; $4 for children 12 and younger and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
SMS Engineers sponsors spring events at the tower .
For information, call (618) 251-9101.