Welcome! The Dixie Power Kite Festival is here again, but in a new location this year – the Dixie State University Encampment Mall. The Festival aims to promote reading as a habit and encourage students to engage in family-oriented physical activity. On the day of the event, qualifying students earn a high-quality kite or book for their reading efforts. Entrance to the festival is free.
Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to browse this website for everything you need to know to have a wonderful time at the festival!Learn More
“Dixie’s Got Talent Winners”
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Ayla Van Lehn is 9 years old, and has been playing piano for 4 years. She can read music, but has a gift for playing difficult songs by ear (particularly her big sisters songs, which causes some upheaval). She loves putting her own arrangements together, which is what she did for the DGT competition. Ayla loves performing and entertaining people.
Haven Sunderland is 18 years old and is a piano pop/alternative singer songwriter. Summer has grown up in a musical family so music will always be a huge part of her life. Summer has competed in numerous competitions and was the 2015 Hurricane Idol winner and was the first runner up in the 2016 Dixie’s Got Talent competition. She loves performing and being able to share her music with people.
Marlie Root is currently a freshman at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts. Marlie is the Dixie’s Got Talent 2016 youth winner and the current Santa Clara Princess. Marlie loves to sing, dance and act. Her theatrical performances include You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, as Lucy; Seussical Jr., as Gertrude McFuzz; Beauty and the Beast, Ensemble; and The King and I, as Lady Thaing. Marlie is the daughter of Bradley and Michelle Root.
Jordon and Liz Sharp have been married for 15 years, have 4 kids, and love raising their family here in St. George. Jordon has worked in marketing and public relations for 15 years and has worked for the Walt Disney Company, Nest Entertainment, Living Scriptures Incorporated, Richter7 PR & Advertising, Dixie State University, and is co-owner of Red Dirt Road Consulting Group. Liz is a registered nurse and works for the St. George Surgical Center and Dixie Home and Hospice. Jordon and Liz have been performing their entire lives and have traveled all over the world with various groups and companies. However, they don’t get to perform much anymore except for the occasional wedding and family gathering; so participating in and winning the Dixie’s Got Talent contest was a great highlight in their family’s life!!
Dixie’s Got Talent is a spectacular showcase of talented performers from Southern Utah, proceeds from which help raise money for need-based scholarships. Over a hundred contestants audition in open round; half are invited to callback auditions and from them approximately 20 move ahead to perform before a 1200-seat, packed Cox auditorium. A prestigious panel of judges and enthusiastic voting audience determine the winners. The first place and runner-up in their category each receive a cash prize, gain experience and exposure before a huge audience, and hold the title of Dixie’s Got Talent winner for the year.Learn More
The Mission of the Dixie Power Kite Festival is four fold:
1. Provide a wholesome, uplifting, family-oriented event where everyone can participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical abilities.
2. Promote reading as a fundamental basis of education for every child of elementary school age.
3. Support education with additional funding and make that funding available to selected participating schools at the discretion of the Washington County School Foundation.
4. Patronize those members of the business community whose financial sponsorship make the Kite Festival possible.Learn More
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2016 Events Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00 AM – Kite Festival Begins – Kite / Book / Voucher Redemption Opens – Open Kite Flying – All day long – Concessions Open Continuous Entertainment: 10:00 AM – Bloomington Elementary 10:30 AM – Stars Dance Studio 11:00 AM – Lava Ridge Intermediate Choir 11:30 AM – Fossil Fusion Show Choir 12:00 PM – National Anthem -TBA 12:10 PM – Sandstone Elementary 12:30 PM – Riverside Elementary 1:00 PM – To The Stars 1:30 PM – All American Cloggers 2:00 PM – ACE Martial Arts 2:30 PM – Dixie Sun Elementary 3:00 PM – Dixie Arts Conservatory 3:30 PM – Summer’s House of Dance 4:00 PM – Crew 10 4:30 PM – Kalamity Dance 5:00 PM – Kalamity Dance 6:00 PM – Free Concert “Dixie’s Got Talent Winners” 7:00 PM – Kite Festival...Learn More
2016 Reading Guide The Dixie Power Kite Festival is designed to promote reading as a habit and encourage students to engage in family-oriented physical activity. Qualifying students earn a high-quality kite or book for their reading efforts. Also, contributions are made to the Washington County School Foundation for distribution to schools most actively involved in the kite festival based on attendance. 2016 Reading Guide: Students are given the challenge to read at home based upon the guidelines for their grade level to earn a free kite or book and a chance for a Kindle Reader or Laser Mania Passes from the Dixie Power Kite Festival. Instructions: Reading is to be completed at home, January 18, 2016 – April 23, 2016, with a parent or guardian signing off each day, based upon the following guidelines for your grade level: Kindergarten and First Grade – 700 Minutes total (50 minutes per week minimum) Second and Third Grade – 1050 Minutes total (75 minutes per week minimum) Fourth and Fifth Grade – 1400 Minutes total (100 minutes per week minimum) Reading can be done any day during the week as long as the per-week reading minimum is achieved. How to Receive Your Free Kite or Book: Students can bring their completed Home Reading Chart, signed by a parent or guardian, to the Dixie Power Kite Festival, Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Dixie State University Encampment Mall, St. George. Kite/Book Redemption opens at 10:00 am and ends at 6:00 pm. Students who turn in their reading charts at the festival will also be eligible for drawings for a Kindle Reader or Laser Mania...Learn More