Fly a Kite Fest attracts thousands of people

Bright colored kites flown above the Arnie Wolfe Sports Complex on Saturday, June 24, 2017. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Bright colored dragons, fish and and a variety of shapes took over the skies above the Arnie Wolfe Sports Complex. Four-year-old Alex Vankauwenberg decided to bring his own design to the 5th annual Fly a Kite Fest.

"Well I put truck, stars, my name on it and some color," said Alex Vankauwenberg.

He admits his kite failed the first time, but he knew exactly how to solve it.

"I did not run fast enough on my foot, so I just got to run a little faster."

The event was more than just flying kites. Different activities attracted crowds to every area of the complex.

Eight-year-old Sadie Huss discovered kids get their fest passport punched as they complete each activity.

"There's a lot of games and prizes. Like if you get eight punches you get a book and a kite," she said.

Dawn Miller with Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin says the free event brings awareness to healthy child development programs.

"So we believe that every child is born to fly, you know, you start out and you got so much potential. If we give kids a start, they'll have a greater chance of healthy outcomes in the long term," said Miller.

She says finding resources to assist parents in raising children can be difficult.

"A lot of people don't know programs that help parents, and programs that make sure parents have the tools and childcare providers have the tools that they need."

She hopes the thousands of families participating Saturday will take the opportunity to look beyond just the fun, and see what's possible to help their children soar.

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