Okotoks - A popular spring event will take off once again with a down-to-earth model.
The Okotoks Kite Festival, running May 28 to 30, will be held with modifications to align with provincial COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s awesome to be able to provide something for the community to do,” said Zach Adams, Okotoks community events specialist.
Rather than a large gathering as was organized by the Town in years prior to the pandemic, this iteration of the festival will take the form of a scavenger hunt.
“Hidden through the community of Okotoks will be 24 kites, in different locations like benches, fences, and those kinds of areas,” Adams explained.
The kites will be put up by Town staff on Friday, with a clue sheet released that afternoon.
Using the clue sheet, which will contain images and other hints about locations, participants can track down kites and take a picture of it.
As a contest, kite hunters will be looking to track down at least three kites.
Up for grabs are two $50 gift cards to a local business of the winner’s choice.
To be entered in a draw for one of the cards, participants must submit photos of three kites they’ve found.
The photos can be entered by filling out a form on the Town’s Kite Festival event page, emailing [email protected], or by making a post to social media with the photos hashtag #OkotoksKites.
The second card is waiting for the person who tracks down the most kites.
In past years, the event featured an organized gathering of kite flyers and a barbecue at Riverside Park, but that has been left out to avoid a public gathering in compliance with provincial health restrictions.
People may still opt to go fly a kite of their own, Adams added, provided they keep to their own household groups.
“Obviously on that weekend, we are encouraging people to stick with their family and fly a kite if they have one, as we can’t do any kind of gathering,” he said.
For craftier kite flyers, or those who don’t own one already, the event’s web page also features a toolkit featuring a set of video tutorials to make a homemade kite with household items.
“I would love to encourage lots of people to get out there and get a chance to win the gift cards,” Adams added. “We’d love to see lots of entries come in.
“I know that obviously with the restrictions we’re in and we’re going to still be in on that weekend, it’s good to have options to do things that are safe for your family.
“So getting out in your cohort and staying distant and being able to go around the community, get some fresh air, find some kites, have some fun, and possibly win a prize.
“I think that’s just exciting to be able to offer to the community.”
For more information about the event, visit the Okotoks Kite Festival page at Okotoks.ca/events