|You can go fly a kite Labor Day weekend|
|August 22, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Courtesy photo - Kite flyer Curt Giebler enjoys a recent breezy day at the foot of Scotts Bluff National Monument.
The public is invited to grab the breeze and enjoy an afternoon of good old-fashioned kite flying on Aug. 31 at Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering.
The first Bluffs Breeze Kite Festival takes place from 11 a.m. until dark. Organizing the event is Curt Giebler and Kendra Fager from the My Wind Stuff kite company in South Dakota. They represent Premiere Kites out of Maryland.
“There’s no admission and free parking,” Giebler said. “People can bring their own kites and can also purchase kites while there.”
Concessions will also be available from Noah’s BBQ and the Snowie Bus for shaved ice. At noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. will be a short tutorial on kite flying and kite history. There will also be kite lessons and demonstrations.
Giebler said they travel the country to stage kite festivals. The one in Callaway, Neb. has drawn people from 21 different countries. And festivals on the west coast regularly draw thousands of participants.
Giebler said they were returning to South Dakota and stopped to see their friends, Dick and Sherry Blaha. Sherry suggested they hold a kite festival here. So they got on the Scotts Bluff County Tourism Committee agenda at the last minute, and the group agreed to help sponsor the event.
“I think we should be able to draw two to four thousand people this Labor Day weekend,” he said. “Because there isn’t an official kite festival in the area, this should be an attraction to local people. But with more planning, I can see this growing in the future.”