Spring is in the air in Williams (and so are kites)

Williams Magistrate Rob Krombeen takes his 20-meter kite for a test run in preparation for Saturday’s kite festival and Community Spring Celebration. The fifth annual event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cureton Park. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Williams Magistrate Rob Krombeen takes his 20-meter kite for a test run in preparation for Saturday’s kite festival and Community Spring Celebration. The fifth annual event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cureton Park. Ryan Williams/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Kites of all shapes and sizes will take to the skies this Saturday as part of Williams' kite festival and Community Spring Celebration.

The fifth annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cureton Park. Organizer Rob Krombeen said the free event is a good fit for the community as well as for the season.

"We wanted to have a spring event that was during the time of the year when we don't see as many community events going on, and also the weather is typically favorable for kite flying in the spring," Krombeen said of the idea for the event.

About 400 people attended the Community Spring Celebration last year.

"The turnout and the support has exceeded our expectations every year," Krombeen said.

Krombeen may bring the largest kite to the festival this year, as he did last year.

"It's outrageous," he said. "My other kite was a 9-meter. This is a 20-meter. My kite's really made for kite boarding. But that's why I fly it on the land and I hook up with a rope."

The first 100 kids at the event will receive a free kite. Besides the kite flying, participants can enjoy a bounce house, face painting and crafts.

Safeway and Pepsi will help supply free food and drink at the event.

In addition, David Bixby and Barry Smith will provide musical entertainment.

"We're going to set up chairs like a little amphitheater," Krombeen said. "The two of them together I think are going to make a great team."

Krombeen encouraged local families to come out and enjoy the day.

"It's an opportunity for the kids to have fun doing something that they enjoy but parents also get to mingle and meet and kind of bring the community together," he said.

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