DELAVAN — This weekend, hundreds of kites will soar through the skies over Lake Lawn Resort for the sixth annual Sky Circus On Ice.
From Friday to Sunday, Feb. 15 to 17, there will be snow sculpting, ice carving and numerous winter-related activities during the festival, mostly at the resort, 2400 E. Geneva St.
Sky Circus began after an unscheduled appearance involving some huge kites seven years ago.
“We tested the waters — or should we say ice — by anchoring gigantic kites that could be seen for miles flying over Delavan Lake,” said Dave Sekeres, general manager of Lake Lawn. “This unplanned event brought hundreds of spectators in to see what this was all about.”
A year later, Sky Circus was an official event, with a full schedule, including professional kite fliers who perform in front of thousands on the lake. This year’s Sky Circus will see some new giant whale kites, some of them over 100 feet long, fly over Delavan Lake.
Gift of Wings kite stores, which has produced kite shows in Milwaukee for years, is a sponsor of Sky Circus. For Sekeres, the high-flying fun of kites on the lake, plus the fact that the festival is free, is a winning combination.
“Winter in Wisconsin is all about finding creative ways to have fun, no matter what the weather,” he said. “Having gigantic kites flying over Delavan Lake and hosting international, synchronized kite flying teams helps create a unique and fun spectacle for families, kids, tourists and locals.”
Some form of kite magic takes place throughout the three-day festival.
On Feb. 16 and 17:
- Team warmups begin outside at Lake Lawn at 10 a.m.
- Flying lessons start at 11 a.m. and last throughout the day.
- Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m.
- The Grand Kite Launch is at noon.
- Outdoor team performances go from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will also be multiple daily performances by Connor Doran, an indoor kite flier who became a top 12 finalist on the television show “America’s Got Talent.”
He will perform in Lake Lawn’s Great Room Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 16 and 1, 2 and 4 p.m.; and Feb. 17 at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
The “Tribute to Flight” indoor kite show, featuring performances from around the world, is Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in the Great Room.
The snow sculpting and ice carvings take place throughout downtown Delavan as well as Lake Lawn Resort. Sekeres said each year, the theme for the sculpting changes. This year, it’s wildlife. Final judging for the sculpting and carving occurs Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.
Winterfun Inc., which sponsors the sculpting and carving activities, bring about 20 award-winning artists from the Midwest to display their wintertime creations.
Professional snow carvers will also teach classes from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17.
There will also be a kite-making workshop for all ages in the Lake Lawn Room Feb. 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $4 per person.
An aerial candy drop sponsored by Andes Candies will occur during the afternoons of Feb. 16 and 17. A blizzard run snow slide along the lakefront at Lake Lawn will be open Feb. 15 to 17.
For more information, visit www.lakelawnresort.com/events/6th-annual-sky-circus-on-ice/.