What was new in 2013?
The new entrance fees for state parks (effective 7/1/2013) is $10 per carload. There was an additional $15 per carload fee to get into the Antelope Island Stampede Festival grounds. That made a total of $25 per carload to attend the event.
- An amazing number of kite flyers from all over the nation heard about the unique venue, and will be attended the event. (See the photo galleries at right, and their comments on the venue below).
- The Stampede is like a "Who's Who" of kite flying. The biggest names in the sport were at the event
- The crowd-pleasers "iQuad" made their final public appearance as a group at the Stampede. Click the link under the blue-sky photo below to see them in action. They are simply AMAZING!
- Click the "Schedule & Activities" tab for the weekend's entertainment lineup!
The 2013 Layton Syracuse Marathon
It was a hot one, but the Layton/Syracuse Marathon is in the books.
The Layton Marathon is actually a Boston Qualifier which is a pretty big deal, especially for runners in Utah. And on the lighter side, this year runners attempted to set a Guiness World record for "joined" runners. That's 26.2 miles of being hooked up (connected by bungees) to dozens of other runners. Syracuse City also signed on as a sponsor and partner.
This is a colorful event: As usual, there's going to be lots of color. Literally. Not only will there be professionally flown kites all day, but the balloons inflated in the evening (three flew on Friday night in perfectly still conditions). There was a kid's tent where the young ones drew color drawings depicting the Stampede, create and design their own kites. Each day, there was a "Chalk It Up" event where participants tossed powdered chalk .... on each other! Paramotorists (paragliders) flew at various times each day, and balloon glows at night. And skydivers kicked off the event on Saturday.
How cool is the island as a kite-flying venue?
Well... we think it's a pretty fun venue for a balloon and kite festival. Frankly, though, those of us who live nearby kind of get used to having such a cool place that is so close.
What did the visiting "Who's Who" of North American kite flyers think about the venue? The guys & gals who came to the event in 2012 were asked to share their thoughts - which were then compiled and printed in Kite Life Magazine.
You can also check out the superlatives which they shared in 2011. Remember, these folks travel all over the country and around the world to various kite festivals... and they save their praise for our little island. Come and see what makes it such a great place for kite flying! Ask them questions, get involved. They love to interact with you!
Thanks to the dozens of volunteers (besides the volunteer organizers) who helped to make the event a success!
There isn't ONE person or entity among the organizers that makes money from the Stampede. This is a volunteer organization, made up of a lot of fun people who like to throw the biggest party in Davis County and we need more volunteers! Set-up (Thurs & Fri) takes a lot of time, covering tables, pounding t-bars, hanging snow fence and banners. During the event we need help keeping the area clean, directing crowds, answering questions, manning the kids tent, and then after the event, we need help tearing it all down. You'll get a free pass to the events each day you help (which includes those you bring with you), AND a really cool collectable volunteer t-shirt each day. If you are able and willing to help for any portion of the weekend- we'd be very grateful if you'd give us a call at 801-774-8200!
Kite & Bike Demonstrations
The amazing kite flying team of iQuad has been together for years, and some of their kite flying is found online here. iQuad is stepping away for a while, and they've chosen the Stampede as their last public performance as a team...
Come on out and say goodbye!
You'll see some other high flyers during BMX demonstrations!
This year, the BMX team will be conducting clinics, too!
If you're a BMX rider, you're not going to want to miss the clinics!
The i-Quad team flew their precision kites around an inflated hot-air balloon during a previous year's evening "glow". For more photos and videos of the i-Quad team, click the "Photo Galleries" button at right. They will be participating in their last public event together at the Stampede. Come cheer them on! Get more information on their website.
Photo used with the permission of Tom Mathewson
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