EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – This weekend, over 100 kites will be flying at a park in Edgewood. The Town of Edgewood is inviting visitors to the 21st annual Kite Festival Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and May 7.
The festival is free and is set to take place at Wildlife West Nature Park. All ages are welcome to join in kite flying contests and fun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 87 North Frontage Road in Edgewood, about 25 minutes east of Albuquerque.
Roger Alink has been in charge of the Kite Festival since it started in 2002.
“We call it the ‘Wind Festival’ because everyone complains about the wind, and so, we’re celebrating the wind,” said Alink. “There’s a little food truck that comes. There’s stunt kites and professional kiters [that] come, and they all have a great time.”
On top of professional kite flyers and food vendors, there will also be kites available for purchase if you don’t have your own already.
Visitors are also invited to the nearby Wildlife West Nature Park and Zoo (admission to the Zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students. And children 4 and younger are free). The zoo has cougars, grey foxes, coyotes, and a bear.
“[The money] goes back to the zoo to help feed and care for the animals. We have all rescue Native animals, 27 different kinds, all Native rescue animals,” said Alink.
For more information, on the Wildlife West Nature Park and Zoo, visit https://wildlifewest.org/wwblog/.