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Our pick for local families: Festival fills sky with fun

The Hayden Kite Festival got its start in 2007 – in part because there was no event like it in the region.

“Now, it’s Hayden’s thing,” said Suzanne Cano, director of Hayden’s Community Services Department. She’s been organizing the festival since 2008.

It’s grown each year, she said, and last year there were close to 150 competitors.

“We’ve had some pretty awesome kites out there,” Cano said.

Judges watch the kites, with prizes to hand out for best of show, crash and burn, longest tail, best homemade, judges’ pick and high flyer.

“It’s crazy how high those kites can get,” she said.

The prizes are really nice, big kites, Cano said.

There will be kites available for children who don’t have their own, while supplies last.

Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch, and some refreshments will be available.

“We just want families to come out and have a great time flying their kites,” Cano said.

Kimberly Lusk

When: Saturday, registration is noon to 1:30 p.m., judging is noon to 2 p.m., awards ceremony is 2:15 p.m.

Where: Broadmoore Park, on West Broadmoore Drive, accessible from Prairie Avenue and Atlas Road, Hayden

Cost: Free

Info: (208) 209-1080 or

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