Courtesy of Wildlife West Nature Park — Spring time in New Mexico brings wind and sunny skies, creating perfect conditions for our Annual Kite Festival at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood. The skies will be filled with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes throughout the weekend. Visitors can bring their own kite, buy one at the Festival, or watch professional stunt kite fliers maneuver kites expertly in the wind. Visitors can participate in kite flying contests or just fly their kites for fun on large grass fields.

Members of the American Kiter’s Association will bring custom made, one-of-a-kind kites that are big and exciting to watch. A spectacular free-flight raptor show will be presented by world-renowned falconer Tom Smylie at 2 p.m. each day if weather permits, along with experimental aircraft flyover weather permitting. The Festival also features sustainable living displays, solar oven demonstrations and water harvesting tours. Food and drinks will be available from vendors.

Admission to the Festival is FREE. Visitors are also invited to go into Wildlife West Nature Park and Zoo to experience and get close to the 20 species of native New Mexico wildlife including black bear, cougars, elk, Crested Caracaras, raptors and more. Admission to the Wildlife West Zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Children 4 and younger are free.