Lake Harriet Kite Festival cancelled this year

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The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has cancelled the Lake Harriet 2016 Kite Festival due to unsafe conditions.

The board announced that even with the upcoming cold weather that the lake in Southwest Minneapolis does not have deep enough ice to host the annual kite festival. The festival, which was scheduled for Jan. 16, showcases the colorful kites of Minnesota Kite Society members and other kite enthusiasts. 

“Unfortunately mother nature has spoken and we will not be able to see all those beautiful kites flying high over the lake. Hopefully next year we will have better luck,” said the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association, which sponsors the event, in an announcement.

The neighborhood group said in case of poor conditions the event would be cancelled without a backup date.