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Coeur d’Alene Kinetic Fest puts creativity into motion

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On Sunday, irrigation wheels, a row boat and shark will parade down Main Street in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone development.

Mutant toys will come to life. And four teams of artists will be building kinetic sculptures from bits and pieces in 40-gallon trash cans.

It’s all part of Coeur d’Alene’s first Kinetic Fest, sponsored by Gizmo-CDA, CDASk8Prk and BikeCDA.

The day is all about encouraging outlandish behavior, imagination and creativity, said Barb Mueller, Gizmo’s executive director.

To that end, rolling Kinetic Cops (aka the Snake Pit Roller Derby Dames) will be handing out arm bands.

“If you’re audacious, you’ll get one color; if you’re mediocre, you’ll get another,” Mueller said. And, if you don’t like the color you get, they’ll take bribes.

Even the rules for the Kinetic Fest parade participants have a dash of cheekiness. For instance, Rule No. 4 calls for “a recognizable theme, or unrecognizable, as long as it is glorious.”

“That really is the nature of the kinetic fest,” said Kirsten Pomerantz, an English teacher at Lake City High School and a Kinetic Fest volunteer.

Kinetic festivals “tend to be kind of funny. All of us are very serious about safety, but the idea is to be kind of playful,” said Pomerantz, who’s been to a festival in California.

Pomerantz’s family of five will be in the parade. One son is riding a vehicle of his own creation, somewhat like a recumbent tricycle made with 2-by-4s and zip ties. The rest of the family will be riding a contraption made of three bicycles welded together.

And it’s not too late to join the parade.

“You could even take cardboard and just decorate a vehicle,” Mueller said. Just make sure to fill out an entry form (available at Gizmo’s website) before you head down.

“It’s a family event, it’s a really great space to expose kids to the art of not being consumers, of being creators,” Mueller said.

Kimberly Lusk

When: Sunday; sculpture building starts at 10 a.m., the parade is at 11 (line up at 10:45 a.m. if you’re in it), booths and activities continue through 5 p.m.

Where: Main Street in Riverstone, Coeur d’Alene

Cost: Free to attend, being in the parade costs $20 for adults, $5 for children.

Info: www.gizmo-cda.org/kineticfest.html

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