March 26, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Lighting Postpones Cherry Blossom Kite Festival to SUNDAY

The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival scheduled for today has been postponed to tomorrow, due to continuing lightning in the area.

The event will take place tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday, March 27 at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

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.

For more information, media only contact: Cindy Jobe, Sister Cities Coordinator, 417-353-6424.