February 17, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival Opens Stroll Garden for Season

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., will open for the season by hosting the 8th annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 26. A rain date for this event is the following day, Sunday, March 27.

Admission to the Festival is free for all ages. Bring your own kite, or a limited quantity of kite-making kits for younger children are available for $3.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board's SPARC (Schools, Parks Are Reaching Communities) section will announce winners of a kite design and kite building competition at noon. Other organizations regularly involved with Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park also will be on-hand to share information about upcoming events in 2011. Limited Japanese snack food items will be available for sale.

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is open throughout the season from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursdays – Mondays, from April 1 – October 31, 2011. General admission to the Garden is $3; 12 and younger are free.

The Kite Festival is presented by Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA), Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Springfield Regional Arts Council.

SSCA also will host its Annual Membership Celebration at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 11, at Old Firehouse #2 on Historic Commercial Street. This celebration is for current members, but new members may join at the door for $25. The evening includes updates on SSCA happenings in 2011, along with a performance by Supercharge, a local band of young musicians who will travel to Springfield's sister city Isesaki, Japan this summer.

For more information on the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival or the SSCA Annual Membership Celebration, visit www.PeaceThroughPeople.org or call 417-864-1191.

For more information, media contact: Cindy Jobe, Event Coordinator, 417-864-1341; or Ben Kellner, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 417-864-1178.

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