Aspire3D 1st annual Kite Festival to take to the skies on Aug. 22
The first Kite Festival is slated to take to the skies in Loveland offering a family friendly celebration that will benefit Aspire3D, a new nonprofit.
“The board felt that we needed some sort of big, high profile event to get the word out about affordable housing and Aspire. We wanted to do something different and unique,” said Christopher Atib, event director for the nonprofit. “I didn’t want to do another 5K or a fancy gala. So I was like ‘how about a kite festival’ and it stuck; the board liked it.”
The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Loveland Sports Park, 950 N. Boyd Lake Ave. and will feature live entertainment, kite flying, food trucks, interactive programs such as kite building and design workshops, face painting and more. Attendees are invited to bring out their own kites or simply come and watch others fly kites.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive prizes and giveaways such as a $500 SCHEELS gift card, Chick-fil-A gift cards, a Centerra prize package, tickets to the Loveland Museum and other items from downtown businesses, Visit Loveland, Planet Fitness and more.
“Grab your lawn chair or blanket and bring a cooler,” Lori Kempter, executive director of Aspire3D said. “We have a little something for everyone all while supporting a great cause.”
Aspire3D works alongside the Loveland Housing Authority to provide site-based support services to improve the quality of life for youth and their families, formerly homeless veterans and older adults living on low incomes.
“Our mission is to give opportunities for affordable housing to low income residents of northern Colorado including Milliken, Windsor and Estes Park. We manage more than just Loveland,” explained Atib.
The nonprofit provides guidance counselors who live in the communities that the housing authority owns and acts as resource navigators for residents as well as literacy programs right in the clubhouses.
“We serve roughly three big populations — veterans, older adults, and families and youth,” Atib said.
Founded around three years ago, Aspire3D is a type of service organization for people who live in affordable housing to help them with opportunities to better themselves and get out of affordable housing through scholarship programs, mental health counseling and other services.
“Most communities in our country basically just warehouse people,” Atib said. “Housing authorities are known to be kind of like slum lords. We’ve taken action and are the first to create a nonprofit arm that is going to help those residents versus just collecting rent.”
The nonprofit is hoping that the festival will “promote relationships, enhance friendships and inspire the community to ‘Dream’, ‘Dare’ and ‘Do’ activities” that enhance their quality of life.
The nonprofit originally planned to host the festival during the summer of 2020 but that date got bumped due to COVID-19. Plan B was to launch the event in the spring of 2021, however the pandemic once again forced organizers to reschedule.
With things looking somewhat better, organizers set a date of August to kickoff the inaugural kite festival.
The unique concept has inspired the city of Loveland to help promote the festival as a destination event for northern Colorado.
“We really want people from anywhere in Colorado, and eventually even out of state to come,” Atib said. “We want this to be like a sanctioned big kite festival, music festival celebration.”
The free event is open to all ages and the first 300 kids in attendance will receive a free kite.
Parking for the event will be available at the sports park as well as at Loveland Ford located at 3905 Mountain Lion Drive. A free shuttle bus will be transporting attendees between the dealership and festival.
For more information on the kite festival or Aspire3D, go to www.Aspire3D.org.