By Worm That Turned, via Wikimedia Commons
A kite flying at the Morecambe Kite Festival in 2011.
HARTFORD — Test your kite-flying skills at the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, during the tower’s annual Wind Festival. The Gateway Kite Club will showcase sport kite flying and give kite-flying tips.
Guests can make their own kites with the help of tower staff and volunteers. They also can create a paper airplane and test its abilities for a contest from the tower’s top level. Additional activities include pinwheel making and bubble blowing.
Gateway Kite Club will be sport kite flying from noon to 1 p.m. Club members will bring their trainer kites for those interested in learning how to fly like the pros. The nonprofit club has been active in the St. Louis community for 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 tower grounds.
Kite, paper airplane and pinwheel making will be available in the tower’s Davis Plaza until supplies run out. At 1 p.m., guests can test their paper airplanes’ flight abilities during a contest. Contestants will take their planes to the top level of the tower, 150 feet above the ground, to test their plane’s gliding abilities. The contestants whose plane flies the furthest will win a special prize. The cost to participate is $2. This covers admission to the tower. This is the only time all year people can fly a paper airplane from the tower viewing platforms of 50, 100 and 150 feet.
“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 tower is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through March 31. Starting April 1, the tower will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the tower is $4 for adults, $3 for adults 62 and over, active military and veterans, $2 for children 12 and under and children 2 and under 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.
For information, call (618) 251-9101 or visit the events page at www.ConfluenceTower.com.