Treasure Valley Kite Festival 

Saturday, April 26

You may want to keep your plans up in the air on Saturday, April 26. That's when Technicolor quadrilaterals will dot the skies over Meridian's Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park for the inaugural Treasure Valley Kite Festival.

Once upon a time, there used to be an annual kite-flying extravaganza in Boise. But it was gone with the wind by the late 1990s.

"It's been a while," said Becky Breshears, owner of Plan Ahead Events Boise, one of the new festival's sponsors. "But then Gary Lillard, who used to produce the old Boise kite festival, told me it was one of the most rewarding events he had ever been a part of: 2,000-3,000 kites in the air and families on blankets as the kids raced across the grass."

That description sealed the deal and Breshears got going to launch the Treasure Valley Kite Festival during April, which is National Kite Month. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until noon, with prizes being awarded to longest tail, highest flight and other high-falutin' fun.

No worries if you don't have your own: Free kites will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We'll have some prizes and ribbons for all the kids," said Breshears. "And we'll be out there rain or shine, wind or none. But isn't there always some wind here in April?"

In addition to Plan Ahead Events Boise, the free event is co-sponsored by Rocky Mountain Roll, American Family Insurance and Inspirational Family Radio.

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