The 25th Annual
Strawberry Fields Kite Festival
Sat. May 28th & Sun. May 29th, 2016
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 -
Fun for Everyone:
The Strawberry Fields Kite Festival is now in its twenty-fifth year, a real milestone and we fully intend to hold our two day kite festival again this year, despite having serious problems last year.
The problem: RAIN!! Which equalled a financial disaster in 2015. We usually reimburse our expenses from the proceeds at our food booth, and in 2015, these funds were wiped out by the rain. As well as our usual costs for rental of a PA system and generator, and the supplies for our kids kitemaking area we also had a major increase in our insurance costs forced on us by Infrastructure Ontario, the landlord of our festival site, and had our rental generator stolen as well, and had to reimburse the rental company!
The result is that Strawberry Fields is in debt to the tune of $2,800 for the 2015 festival.
The solution: A Fundraiser, of course.
We will be creating a "Friends of Strawberry Fields" kite arch to be flown at the 2016, 25th Anniversary Festival. We hope to create a 200 kite arch and have each kite sponsored by a different "Friend". We're asking for a donation of $25.00 per kite, in return for which your kite will be individually hand-painted with your name or the name of anyone you want to give that honour to - and your name will be entered into a draw for a 48 kite Boreal Arch, the winner to be drawn at the Kite Festival. The 'Friends' Arch will stay with the Festival and keep growing every year.
Any funds raised over and above the 2015 expenses will go toward thre 2016 Festival - our 25th annual - and we will make it as special as possible.
How to donate: Those of us who are old school enough to still do cheques or money orders, can mail one to us at:
45960 Sparta Line, R.R. #4, St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 3S8
- payable to "Kitefest" along with the names you would like on your kite. The rest of the world can go to our new PayPal account - Strawberry Fields Kite Festival - pay us there - and email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with all of your information.
If the energetic and creative folks who were thinking of doing an auction fundraiser still want to do that, please let us know all about it. We are open to any suggestions anyone else might have to help us overcome our financial problem. Please contact us at: email@example.com, or at 519-775-2527.
We hope to have all of the usual activities in 2016, 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.