87th Zilker Kite Festival takes flight despite dreary weather

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sunday may have been a cold, wet day, but many still attended the 87th annual Kite Festival at Zilker Park. You might remember that the festival was rained out in 2014.

The event, which is the nation’s oldest kite festival, usually draws about 20,000 people. And while it’s fun for them, the festival also benefits Communities in Schools.

“Sometimes there are people that don’t mind the cold, but right now I’m freezing and I can’t feel my toes anymore,” joked Carrie Scott, a food vendor at the festival.

The crowd also found entertainment from various games and eats. There was even a kite hospital for any that got a little banged up on landing.

KXAN’s mascot Kaxan also attended the festival. He even got to fly his own kite with the help of Jim Spencer. You can see that in the video above.

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