Going to be a great weekend to get out and fly. Here are a couple of flying events from the calendar to checkout.

Post date: May 16, 2013 5:54:24 PM

Syren Lilac Festival Kids' Kite Making Workshop and Fun Fly

When: Sat, May 18, 11am – 3pm

Where: Burnett County Airport, 7425 County Road K, Siren, WI (north end of Siren) (map)

Description: Named for the lilac flower ('Syren' in Swedish), Siren will be hosting a variety of activities and sales to honor their heritage. Festival to include a kite fly and kids kite making workshop put on by the Minnesota Kite Society (MKS), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Burnett County Airport on the north end of town.

The airport address is 7425 County Road K in Siren. FFI, call 715-349-7076. The kite fly will occur east of the south end of Runway 32. This runway will be closed to airplanes. But Runway 5/23, which crosses Runway 32 at a 90 degree angle, will be open to airplanes. Jeremy Sickler, the Burnett County Airport Manager, said that Runway 5/23 is about a thousand yards away from the airport hangars where our kite fly and kids kite making workshop will occur.

Directions: From the the Twin Cities, go north on I-35 to MN Hwy 70 (exit 165). Turn right and go east about thirty miles on Hwy 70 into Wisconsin. (MN Hwy 70 becomes WI Hwy 70.) When you reach Siren, at the intersection of Highways 35 & 70, turn left and go north on Hwy 35 about three miles to the airport on the west side of the road. There are two entrances for County Road K off of Hwy 35. Turn left at the first entrance and go west into the airport. Turn left onto the airport ramp area by the white fuel tanks. (Disregard the sign stating “Authorized Vehicles Only”. Kite fliers are authorized to enter.) Once past the gate, turn towards the left and go to the two airport hangars. Park anywhere in the grassy area on the left side by the hangars. The kite fly will occur between the south end of Runway 32 and the two airplane hangars.

Wishes for the Sky kite fly at EcoArts Fest

When: Sat, May 18, 1pm – 5pm

Where: 400 Dr. Justus O'Hage Boulevard, St. Paul, MN (map)

Description: The Earth Day celebration, "Wishes for the Sky", that has taken place at Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN since 2007, has joined forces with another St. Paul event, the "EcoArts Fest".

The EcoArts Fest also occurs on Harriet Island. The date, this year, is Saturday May 18, from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m. It includes smaller version of Wishes for the Sky where only 50 or 60 kites would be used.

Event set up occurs from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The Wishes for the Sky portion of the event occurs from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Two or three volunteers will be needed to help with kite specific activities at the festival. The duties are the same as before: handing out kites, repairing them, and receiving them back once people are done flying them. Altogether twelve volunteers are needed with two to three volunteers doing kite management and field help.

A dinner will be provided to all volunteers at around 5:30 p.m. after packing up the festival tents and other equipment. We hope all volunteers can stay for the Thank You dinner.

FFI on the EcoArts Fest and the Wishes for the Sky kite fly, see http://www.artstart.org/ecoart​s-fest/ Aki Shibata is the contact person for kite specific activities. You can reach her by email at http://aki@graceminnes​ota.org