The 22nd Annual
Strawberry Fields Kite Festival
Sat. May 25th & Sun. May 26th, 2013
South lawn - Regional Mental Health Care
St. Thomas, Ontario
Schedule of Events:
1:00 PM -
Opening Ceremonies & Mass Ascension of Kites.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A general fun fly for all, including many members of various kite clubs from southern Ontario
4:00 PM -
Presentation of Trophies & Closing Ceremonies.
Fun for Everyone:
The Strawberry Fields Kite Festival is now in its twenty-second year.
After the disastrous thunderstorm that rained us out completely last year (for the first time ever!), we have decided to expand the festival for a two day event to make sure we have a chance for some good kiteflying weather. We will still be holding what is, in effect, a fun fly - with no real competitions other than our usual trophies at the end of the festival, the categories and winners of which are totally up to Anne's discretion!
Kite fliers and kite watchers alike come to enjoy the activities on and above the largest (and best!) kite flying field in southwestern Ontario. The skies above St. Thomas will be filled with an amazing display of colourful kites and wind toys, as flyers from Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Windsor and Detroit join local kite people in celebrating the joys of summer
Plans are now being made to host the twenty-rhird festival on the last weekend in May 2014 at Regional Mental Health Care - St. Thomas. We have been assured by St. Joseph's Healthcare, that depite the old Hospital closing in July - and the new Forensic Facility opening on the north side of the property, we will be able to use our usual wonderful flying field for many years in the future. We hope to have you all there with us!
How to find the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival
RMHC - St. Thomas is on the corner of Sunset Drive and John Wise Line.
To get there: take Hwy #401 to Wellington Road., then take Wellington Road south to St. Thomas (it ends at the Hwy #4 lights). Take Hwy #4 (Sunset Drive) south to the hospital site.
Contests & Awards
The Godzilla Award
This award will be presented to the Rokkaku Warrior who stomps the other kites as well as Godzilla stomped Mothra.
The Queen of Hearts Award
The kite flyer whose kite steals the hearts of the most people in the crowd (as measured by the ballots cast) will be awarded the Queen of Hearts.
The Strawberry Tart Award
The Strawberry Tart will go home with the sexiest object on the flying field, be it windsock, buggy, or kite flyer. Judge's choice and no explanations given.
The "Furthur" Award
The kite flyer who has travelled "further" than anyone else to be here will have this trophy to take home.
The Flying Circus Award
Creative kitemakers under the age of 12 are elegible. Most unique kite will take home this award.
Strawberry Patch Award
It takes a bunch of berries to make a patch, so this trophy goes to the biggest group effort in kitemaking.
Wind Garden Award
This award is for wind toys; socks, spinners, banners and inflatables. Plant your garden on the field and let it grow.