The excitement continues to build for this weekend when both the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival and the Long Day's Night Music Festival deliver a jam packed weekend of events in Swift Current.
This year marks the ninth anniversary year for the Kite Festival, and event organizer Shann Gowan is anticipating the June 22-23 event will be a record setting one.
"Our Kite Festival has gotten to be one of the biggest kite festivals in Canada, so we're hoping to take it even bigger this year. We're hoping to have 10,000 people at it," Gowan said during a presentation during a recent Swift Current City Council meeting. "Last year we had 8,000, and more than half of them were from outside of Swift Current, so we're hoping for those kind of numbers again."
Thanks to attracting large out of city attendance numbers, Windscape boasts a major impact in Swift Current.
"We generate well over $1 million in economic impact. And we keep (Windscape) free for the public, which is kind of amazing because it's gotten to be kind of an expensive little festival."
Windscape continues to build on their own reputation by adding new features and expanding popular options. This year is no different, with the addition of stilt walkers, plus a children's juggling tent, where kids will be given lessons on how to juggle, balance feathers, and spin plates.
Children have a wide range of inexpensive events to enjoy at the Windscape site at Marston Street and 11th Avenue S.W., ranging from kite flying lessons, a straw bale maze, a mystery sand pile, bubble station, running with the bols, a splatter mural, face painting, and much more.
The main stage family entertainment running during Windscape will be Gustavo The Impossibilist, with shows on both June 22 at June 23 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Festival visitors will have their eyes on the skies thanks to the talents of a large group of celebrity fliers from across North America along with some world fliers.
One of the highlight performers is The No Limit Team, a group of eight people from Germany who build and fly their own kites.
Windscape visitors will also want to keep their eyes on Canada's Got Talent Season 1 participant Tristan Underwood. He is one of the most prominent Indoor Kite Flyers in the world, plus he has won multiple titles throughout his competitive career in the American Kite Flyers Association and Northwest Sport Kite League.
Gowan highlighted that outside exposure adds to the reputation of Windscape, with the kite festival featured as the cover story in John Deere's Spring 2013 Homestead Magazine, along with appearing in WestJet's up! magazine, kite magazine articles in Germany and India, a story in an Australian travel magazine, plus a feature in a BC leisure magazine.
"We're getting lots and lots of press out of this, so its been kind of a cool ride."
The Long Day's Night Music Festival boasts an amazing line-up of concerts from June 20 to 23.
The festival's sold out finale concert featuring Serena Ryder on June 23 has been relocated to the Living Sky Casino's Sky Centre. While originally scheduled for the festival's big tent, pre-sold tickets will be accepted for their new venue at the Sky Centre. Ryder is already the recipient of three Juno awards and two gold albums, and is currently touring in support of her new release, Harmony.
Three night special passes for only $65 for the June 20, June 21 and June 22 concerts are available at Pharmasave or click the link to purchase online at TicketEdge.ca
"Buy your tickets. Come support us. We have lots of fun at Long Day's Night. So if you haven't been, you should."
June 20: Taj Weekes & Adowa, with opening band Descalso
June 21: Old Man Markley, with opening band Young Benjamins
June 22: Hollerado, with opening band Over The Air
Full details of the Windscape Kite Festival and Long Day's Night Music Festival can be found at www.windscapekitefestival.ca.