Owned by Aaron King, “Kailano the Kraken” was one of the stars of the show on Buffalo Lake. At 30 feet wide and 135 feet long, this was Kailano’s maiden flight. It was specially designed and crafted in New Zealand, by Peter Lynn, who is a renowned kite designer. “Kailano” means “sea and sky” in Hawaiian, which is why King chose the name for this creature.

High-Flying Colors at Buffalo Lake

From far and wide, enthusiasts ventured to Sturges Park for the Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Kites on Ice Festival

This year, the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism introduced the First-Ever “Kites on Ice” Festival, which was held on Buffalo Lake on Saturday, February 9, despite below-zero temps and hefty snow.

The event is what the Chamber President Sue Olmscheid hopes will be an annual get-together, as it is a unique activity that brings the community out during a season where many would otherwise spend their days inside. 2020’s event is already in the works, according to Olmscheid. With a strong turnout, the anticipation for an annual return is high, as there were approximately 2,500 in attendance.

Buffalo’s event was televised on Kare 11, and will be on Minnesota Bound next year. Kites on Ice also made Fox 9, KDWB, KRWC, and other stations, and was promoted all over the metro area. 

The event was sponsored by the Buffalo Rotary Club, and welcomed young and old to Sturges Park. The opportunity to build kites on-site guaranteed entertainment for families, while the wide-open space proved plentiful for the more experienced.

Featured at the festival were those of varied levels of experience; some professionals, long-time enthusiasts, and novices found common “ice” on the lake.

The “Kites on Ice” Festival was, for sure, a high-flying, colorful success that, surely, will be anticipated when it flies in, again.


The Drummer and The Wright County Journal Press

PO Box 159
108 Central Ave.
Buffalo MN 55313


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