By Heather Graves
GREEN BAY – Hundreds of kites will once again color the sky on Green Bay’s east side for the ninth annual Fly a Kite Fest.
The colorful array will feature professional kite flyers from five different states, with proceeds supporting local families through Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. (FCR NEW), a nonprofit organization that offers free parenting classes, resources and support, as well as training/education for childcare professionals.
“Our nonprofit supports all aspects of healthy child development, focusing on child abuse prevention,” Lauren Waters, outreach and communication specialist, said. “Fly a Kite Fest is a free, fun-filled family event that was specifically designed to model our mission of encouraging positive adult/child interactions, as well as allowing kids of all ages and backgrounds to have a wonderful experience in a healthy, outdoor environment.”
Waters said the first-ever Fly a Kite Fest, which was started by the board of directors in 2013, drew 2,300 attendees.
She said the event, as well as the agency’s visibility in the community, has grown each year since.
Waters said the ninth annual event – which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Arnie Wolff Sports Complex, located at 3240 Humboldt Rd. – includes giant kite displays and stunt kite performances.
“They have giant kite displays – some kites are as big as a bus,” she said. “Throughout the day, hundreds of kites will be up in the air. We recommend that attendees bring lawn chairs or blankets if they want to relax and take in the colorful kite shows. People can also fly their own kites at the event, as well.”
Waters said the event also offers three large tents filled with free kids’ activities.
“Some of these activities include kite decorating, a photo booth, giant Twister game, face painting, balloon animals, bubbles, mini bowling, arts and crafts and tons more,” she said. “There will be so many exciting things to see at Kite Fest, like the Green Bay Metro fire trucks, mascots of all kinds, the Brown County Library Bookmobile, Princess My Party heroes and princesses and Total Self Defense karate demonstrations.
Waters said a concession stand with burgers, brats, snow cones and corn on the cob is available to attendees.
“We also have a huge raffle game with thousands of amazing prizes, including an autographed Green Bay Packers football, restaurant gift certificates, cash, toys and so much more,” she said.
Waters said the event has already raised more than $25,000 in sponsorships so far this year.
“Some of our main sponsors include Amerhart, Fox Communities Credit Union, Nicolet National Bank and Green Bay Packers Give Back,” she said. “We wouldn’t be able to put on such a huge event without their generosity and support.”
Waters said thousands of attendees are expected.
“Parking at Arnie Wolff Sports Complex is limited, so attendees should park down the street at Celebration Church, and a shuttle will take people to and from the event,” she said. “This is a huge event. Families won’t want to miss out on this day of fun and seeing hundreds of amazing kites.”
More information on the 9th annual Fly a Kite Fest can be found at flyakitefest.org for more information.
Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W. was formed in 2008, when two long-standing area organizations – Fort Howard Neighborhood Resource Center and Community Childcare Connections – merged together.
Waters said the merger combined services, resources, knowledge and support while eliminating redundancies.
“Our agency is a nonprofit that provides education, support, information referrals, and evidence-based home visitation programs and early childhood consultation throughout Northeast Wisconsin,” she said.