Kite & Piñata Festival

Published on April 13th, 2018 | by Alexandra Saner


Kite Festival endures weather for successful celebration of spring and culture

The 2018 Cherry Blossom Kite and Pinata Festival was held “rain or shine” on Saturday, April 7. Low temperatures and forecasted precipitation for the early morning pushed the event inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center instead of on the Great Lawn. Many folks came out despite the weather, and the brave early birds were rewarded with rare sights of the Japanese Stroll Garden blanketed with a layer of snow.

Activities were provided by Friends of the Garden, Springfield Regional Arts Council, Kickapoo Japan Club, Springfield-Greene County Parks Department, and Parents as Teachers.

Performances were by Mariachi Flor de MissouriUke 66, Kizuna Japan American Friendship Club, Karin Amano, Japanese Storyteller and Marimba Caliente.

By early afternoon, the sun came out, the snow melted, and the temperatures rose; the Great Lawn was filled with kites and candy-filled piñatas for the whacking!

To see photos and videos of the event, please click here to view the event page on Facebook.


Silver Level Sponsor

City of Springfield

Bronze Level Sponsors

Springfield Public Schools
Tom and Kim Prater

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About the Author

Lexy served on Springfield Sister Cities Association's Board of Directors for four years before joining the ranks as Associate Director. She is also Associate Director of Friends of the Garden. Lexy is an arts and culture enthusiast, and she has served as Marketing Director for Springfield Little Theatre and Membership and Development Coordinator for Springfield Regional Arts Council. Lexy is a past Board member and Membership Committee member of Springfield Creatives. She also moonlights in community theatre and film projects.

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