On Nov. 4, the City of Corpus Christi and the Mayor’s Fitness Council hosted their fifth annual Kites and Bikes Festival downtown.
The Mayor’s Fitness Council has a motto they follow, to have this festival as a healthy day for families in Corpus Christi. They partnered with professional kite fliers and bike riders to bring the festival to Water’s Edge Park. The festival was free to both Islanders and the entire community and lasted all day from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Families were able to bring their own kite and bikes as well as a healthy picnic to enjoy at the park.
“Seeing the community get together is really awesome,” sophomore education major Taylor Saucedo said. “Especially when it’s toward exercising and going outside. In today’s society, you don’t see many kids doing that anymore.”
For those without kites, there were opportunities to win some. Food and music was provided for guests to enjoy as they flew kites and enjoyed the hot day. Booths were also set up for kites and small organizations to help promote healthy living and exercise.
Among the booths was the Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers Market. They said they believe in growing local and producing your own food for healthier living. This market also participated in Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s annual farmers market, which is an event that takes place every semester. The Corpus Christi’s farmers market is open January through December on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Another booth included an informational about kites. Since the Kite festival has been around, huge kites have been involved. Large kites with character designs such as “Finding Nemo,” the dragon from the movie “How to Train your Dragon” and yellow minions from the movie “Despicable Me” were a few found at the festival.
“I remember flying kites with my grandpa when I was a kid,” said astronomy major at Del Mar College Paul Ramirez. “Since I’m in college, I don’t really get to see him often. I wanted to go because it reminded me of all the fun times I had with him.”
For more information about dates and times for fitness events taking place in Corpus Christi, visit ccmayorsfitnesscouncil.com. To learn more about festivals and events happening in Corpus Christi such as those mentioned above, visit www.whatsupcc.org for a calendar of events.