Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

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Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby goestoeleven » Tue, Nov 20 2012, 10:18 PM

I haven't done my big search for kite festivals for 2013 yet, but the Clear Lake Iowa one has a web site up and running, so I figured I'd post it here. February 16th, 2013! It's not that far away . . . .

http://www.colorthewind.org/

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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby KiteVoice » Sat, Nov 24 2012, 05:55 PM

Really? A kite festival in Iowa in the middle of February? How cold is that?
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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby Mike » Sat, Nov 24 2012, 06:17 PM

The whole festival takes place on a frozen lake. I've done it a few times and I'm pretty wimpy about cold. So far it hasn't been bad and each year I have *over* dressed and had to remove layers. When the wind blows across the frozen lake, it has been the smoothest winds I have flown in the Midwest. When it comes off the land, it ranks with the worst.
It's a really good festival for SLKs and has a lot of show kites. Larry Day, the host and organizer, is one of the nicest guys in the biz too.

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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby KiteVoice » Sun, Nov 25 2012, 12:09 AM

Interesting. How do they anchor an SLK on a sheet of ice?
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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby makatakam » Sun, Nov 25 2012, 12:52 AM

Google "ice screw" or "ice anchor".
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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby Mike » Sun, Nov 25 2012, 12:54 PM

As Mark mentioned, for smaller SLKs, they screw a stake into the ice. For larger kites, they drill a hole through the ice, tie a rope to a 2x4 and slip that through the hole.

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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby KiteVoice » Mon, Nov 26 2012, 11:35 AM

Interesting. Unlikely that I'll need any ice anchors. Clear Lake appears to be a nine-hour drive, so I guess I'll stay home and warm (or go skiing instead)!
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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 26 2012, 12:14 PM

It's an 8 hour drive for me, I'm not quite sure why I've done it either. But somehow, February rolls around, and I find myself on the road...

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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby Jeff » Tue, Nov 27 2012, 10:55 AM

And with fewer and fewer fests around...
Keep calm, and park it in the pocket

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Re: Color the Wind 2013 - Clear Lake Iowa - Feb 16

Postby goestoeleven » Tue, Nov 27 2012, 11:29 AM

. . . . added to the IKE calendar . . .

Hey, it's February. What's not to like about flying in February? It's not like there are a lot of other fests that weekend anyway . . .


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