April 01, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival Saturday, April 5

The Springfield Sister Cities Association hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

Kids and adults are invited to fly kites in the park as well as take part in kite decorating, origami and other Japanese crafts and games at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

Admission to the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is also free. Children's kite construction kits are available for $5. Japanese snacks and other concessions are available for sale.

The festival celebrates the reopening for the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, also located in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Admission is free the day of the festival. Friends of the Garden will give free guided garden tours during the festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is a partnership between the Springfield Sister Cities Association, the Missouri State University Elementary Education Program, Friends of the Garden-Japanese Garden Committee, Kickapoo High School Japanese Language Club and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is open seasonally, open April to October,Thursdays through Mondays, 9 a.m. to dusk (or 7:30 p.m.) Regular admission is $3; children age 12 and under are admitted free.

For more information, call the Springfield Sister Cities Association at 417-864-1341 or visit PeaceThroughPeople.org. For media inquiries, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.

Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA)
P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1191