A very popular Eastern Iowa event is coming up in just a few weeks!

On February 18th, the sky over Clear Lake, Iowa will be filled with a seemingly endless number of kites of all shapes and sizes! The annual Color the Wind Kite Festival will take over the city on Saturday, and it's a pretty big deal. Color the Wind is actually the largest winter kite festival in the entire Midwest! The official website reads:

"Expect to be dazzled by this event! The display of beautiful colors, the sheer size of some of the kites, and the incredible choreography of the musical numbers are really something to behold."

At the festival there will be "serious" kite-flyers from all over the country showing-off their most impressive kites, but all are welcome to bring kites to the event. In fact, there will be kites for sale at the Lakeview Room. In addition to the kites, guests are invited to enjoy food from area restaurants, as well as a number of food trucks that will be across from the Clear Lake Yacht Club. Also, Surf Ballroom will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Clear Lake Arts Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Since the event is being held outdoors in mid-February, it's important to remember to dress warm. Event organizers also recommend bringing sunglasses, since your eyes will be looking towards the sky! If you'd rather not brave the winter weather conditions, you can drive along N Lakeview Drive to view all the kites without getting out of your car. As always, the event is free to attend.

As far as parking goes, there is free parking with shuttles available at both Clear Lake High School and the Industrial Park lot. Shuttle services will start at 10:30 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m.

For more information on the Clear Lake Color the Wind Festival, you can check out the official website HERE.

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