Seckbach: For the 30th anniversary of the Frankfurt green belt, the great wind festival was celebrated for the 17th time.
High above rose bushes full of bright red rose hips, freshly harvested apple trees and fragrant hay bales on the idyllic orchards in the green belt, the sky was a sea of colors and shapes. 400 kite friends have sent their favorite kites into the gently windy heights and let their works of art fly, glide and float. The last day of autumn vacation was ideal for running, laughing and marveling with the whole family.
Barbara Clemenz from the Association for Environmental Learning in Frankfurt nods and beams while she cuts cakes and washes apples. “Yes, it’s perfect,” she says. Last year the big wind festival was canceled due to Corona. “At the end of the season in the 30th year of the green belt, we simply owe the people of Frankfurt this festival with such great weather,” she says. Hundreds of people have set out on foot, by bike and by bus to join in or watch the spectacle. On the huge, fence-free area, children can run and romp around to their hearts’ content and adults can let their eyes wander as far as the Wetterau.
“The big kite festival was the first festival for everyone that arose from the educational program,” says Clemenz. “We had a wind learning workshop for third and fourth grades. The students wanted to show the experiments and their parents asked us to do it again on the weekend. Since then there has been the wind festival. ”At the stands, the little ones can make giant soap bubbles, become rainmakers, tinker with nature mobiles, play on the“ greenhouse pinball machine ”, experiment with wind generators and wind measuring devices, make parachutes and kites, make wind visible and fly balloons in competition permit. At “Circus Ikarus” there are countless toys that either die or are made to fly. From diabolo to frisbee, from juggling balls to kites in all colors and shapes.
Flocks of birds pass by in the sky. The Aiolos kite club from Rodgau lets its works of art dance. Whether homemade Donald Duck flags, a fat blue whale as a greyhound or a “drum box” entirely dedicated to unity. “There is a lot more,” says Uli Schlittgau, secretary of the association. Since the wind in Frankfurt is not enough, they did not bring the 60-meter-tall squid, but they did bring a flying cow, a meter-high kite and a bat with a wingspan of almost three meters.