By Worm That Turned, via Wikimedia Commons
A kite flying at the Morecambe Kite Festival in 2011.
HARTFORD — The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower’s annual Wind Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at 435 Confluence Tower Drive. The Gateway Kite Club will be on hand to showcase sport kite-flying and give kite-flying tips.
Participants can make their own kite with the help of tower staff and volunteers. Other 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. Gateway Kite Club is a nonprofit club that has been active for more than 30 years. The club’s purpose is to encourage interest in year-round kiting. Visitors also are encouraged to take advantage of the river winds at the Tower and fly their own kites.
Kite and pinwheel making will be available in the tower’s Davis Plaza until supplies run out. The Wind Festival is a free event, although there is a charge to tour the tower.
“The Wind Festival is a wonderful family event,” Hartford Project Manager Deanna Barnes 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 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday from and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for adults 62 and older, active military and veterans, $2 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.
For information, call (618) 251-9101 or visit the events page at ConfluenceTower.com.