Kite Festival to Color Iowa Sky

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JOHNSTON, Iowa — The sky of one metro community will be covered in color on Saturday.

The Kites on the Green festival takes place Saturday, May 2 on the lawn of the Johnston Public Library. It’s flying into its second year, and the mayor wants to make this an iconic Iowa event.

Growing up in Sac City, Paula Dierenfeld enjoyed flying kites.

“I looked forward to the kites flying in the air every spring,” Dierenfeld said.

The Kiwanis Club in her hometown hosted a kite flying tournament up until a few years ago.

“After the long cold winters, the kites went up in the air, kites of every color, so it was kind of the rainbow of spring every year in Sac City,” Dierenfield said.

As mayor, Dierenfeld brought the tradition to the city of Johnston last year. Nearly 1,000 people filled the field outside the library during the first Kites on the Green.

“The field was just covered with people from all ages, all abilities flying kites of all shapes, colors,” Dierenfield said. “It was just amazing.”

The kite festival is free and open to anyone. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite, organizers will provide one for you.

“We will provide kite kits for you and we’ll help you make the kite,” Dierenfeld said. “We want everyone of all ages, kids of all ages to show up and fly kites.”

Dierenfeld hopes new events draw even more people, with a kite fighting demonstration, candy drop and special appearance by Mary Poppins in the Johnston Fire truck.

“We are hoping this becomes an Iowan event,” Dierenfeld said. “Initially it will just draw in people from central Iowa. We want Johnston to be known as Kite City USA.”

Kites on the Green is Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in Johnston Commons, which is the grassy area near the Johnston Public Library.

The address is 6700 Merle Hay Road. Click here for a schedule of events.

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