On Sunday, more than 10,000 people gathered at the Stenger Sports Complex in Arvada for the city’s 14th annual kite festival.
Kites, potato sack races, and bouncy castles were all there, as were sunny skies and light breeze.
“It’s perfect kite-flying weather,” Erin Rist said. She was there with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. “Although I’m not a kite-flying expert; that’s for sure.”
Rist was certainly in the majority as most of the kites, meant for the air, stayed firmly planted on the ground as a result of crashes.
“Well, we haven't gotten this one to stay in the air yet,” Patrick Ahlstrom who valiantly tried and failed to get his kite in the air said with a laugh.
Ahlstrom has a history of flying kites that spans back more than 60 years to when he was a kid. Sunday, he tried to pass that love on to his grandson, despite the struggle.
“We’re just having fun,” he said. “[Being here] is for him.”
The kite festival first began in 2003. Festival organizers say it snowed six inches the previous night and led to a turnout of only 50 people.
Now, it’s outgrown three venues as it regularly draws in more than 10,000.