March 22, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival March 31

The Springfield Sister Cities Association holds the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival Saturday, March 31, 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 at the park as well as take part in kite-decorating, origami and other Japanese crafts. Japanese snacks will also be available for sale.

The festival also marks the season opening for the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, located in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The stroll garden will be open 9 a.m. to dusk and admission is free the day of the festival.

Admission to the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival is also free. Children's kite construction kits will be available for $3.

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

For more information, call the Springfield Sister Cities Association at 417-864-1341 or visit 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