Deteriorating Ice Cancels Clear Lake, IA Kite Festival

Photo: Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce

(Clear Lake, IA) -- A northern Iowa kite festival has been cancelled due to unpredictable ice conditions. Clear Lake's Color the Wind Kite Festival was to be February 17th. Organizers say above average temperatures in recent weeks have made the ice unsafe for the event, which attracts nearly 20-thousand people. Organizers say they'll start planning for next year's event, scheduled for February 15th.

“While we are disappointed by the cancellation of our 2024 Color the Wind Kite Festival, we want to remind visitors of the other wonderful experiences Clear Lake has to offer. The festival is a cherished event, but it's just one of many reasons to visit our vibrant town,” said Stacy Doughan, Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “We encourage everyone to explore the historic Surf Ballroom, immerse yourself in our lively music scene, discover unique shopping options, and enjoy local restaurants. These activities not only offer memorable experiences but also provide vital support to our businesses, especially during the winter season. Clear Lake is a destination full of history and alive with opportunity, regardless of the season, and we look forward to welcoming you.”

In the kite festival’s history, it’s been canceled twice due to deteriorating ice conditions, once in 2013 and the other in 2017.

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