The 23rd Annual
Strawberry Fields Kite Festival
Sat. May 24th & Sun. May 25th, 2014
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-third year.
After enjoying our first two day version of the festival, with good winds and great crowds on both days, we have decided to continue with the two day version permanently. We originally set this year;s dates as May 31st and June 1st, but only realized aftwerwards, the conflicts this caused with other kiting events. We have now shifted it back one week to May 24th and May 25th to avoid these conflicts.
PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW DATES: MAY 24TH AND 25TH, 2014.
As we told you last year, Regional Mental Health - St. Thomas (the former St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital) closed at the end of June last year after having been open since the 1930's. The property is now under the control of 'Infrastructure Ontario', a branch of the provincial government. We have been in negotiations with them since last June to obtain the use of the south lawn of the facility (our permanent home for the festival) which is now unused. We still have not been given permission, but in our last conversation with them they told us to go ahead as if we did have permission and that is what we are now doing! We hope to continue with this festival at its current location for many years to come! Be sure to come and join us this May!
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
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.