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 makes the Kite Festival possible.
The Dixie Power Kite Festival is here again, Saturday, April 1, 2023, held at Utah Tech University Encampment Mall, from 10 AM – 7 PM. 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!
Rick Schofield- Director
It is time once again for the Dixie Power Kite Festival! We are excited to be holding the 24th Annual Kite Festival on the campus of Utah Tech University. We are so grateful to the University for its partnership with us. The Dixie Power Kite Festival is an opportunity, once per year, to stress the importance of literacy to the youth of Washington County, all while providing a fun, family-oriented event for all to enjoy.
Children take home reading charts, and if they keep up their reading—as signed off by their parents—the day of the festival, they will turn in these reading charts and receive a reward for their hard work. Again, this year, we will have multiple prizes to choose from, similar to previous years. Whether the children decide to get a kite to fly the day of the event, tickets to the bounce houses, or even a book, they will be well rewarded for having completed their reading.
While any excuse is a good excuse to enjoy St. George in the springtime, the Kite Festival provides a unique opportunity to raise funds for our local Washington County School District Foundation. These desperately needed funds will be used for literacy initiatives throughout the county and will make a real impact on the lives of the teachers and students in our communities. Since its inception, the Dixie Power Kite Festival has donated over $700,000 to the Washington County School District Foundation! It is absolutely amazing, to say the least, and should be celebrated by our community.
This event simply wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our Planning Committee and the hundreds of volunteers that work to make this event such a great success each year. These dedicated volunteers spend their free time planning, plotting, eating, and drinking all things Kite Festival! We thank each of them for their volunteerism for this event!
We couldn’t hold an event such as this without our sponsors. We have absolutely the best sponsors you could ask for, and we are so grateful for their donations, both in cash and services, for the event. A BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors!
In addition to our individual sponsors, we have the tireless work of our title sponsor of the event—Dixie Power. Each year Dixie Power provides thousands of dollars in funding and manpower both for the days surrounding the event as well as throughout the whole school year. It is no stretch of the imagination to say that, without Dixie Power, this event would not be the event that it is today. We are so grateful for all that they do to make the Kite Festival such a success each year. A HUGE THANK YOU to Dixie Power!
We hope to see you at the 24th annual Dixie Power Kite Festival.
Location: Utah Tech University Encampment Mall
Date & Time: April 1, 2023 from 10am to 7pm
Entertainment: 10am to 7pm
Bring your own lawn chairs and shade to watch kite flying and the entertainment.
The exact agenda and schedule may vary due to weather and other factors.
With the exception of concessions and some children’s activities, all events, including parking, entrance, and entertainment, are free.
ATM is located inside the Gardner Center.
There are “Free” Children's Games and $1 to $4 fees for children’s activities including bouncy toys, climbing wall, a small train.
There is plenty of food available at the Festival at reasonable prices.
You may bring your own kites to fly in a designated area.
No Pets – No Smoking – No Alcoholic Drinks – The Kite Festival is a family event.