The 2023 Flights of Fancy is happening
noon-5 p.m., Sunday, April 16
The kites of Great American Kites & Events will take flight once again over the lawn of the picturesque MCC-Longview campus in the heart of kite month, with awe-inspiring mega kites, power kites, stunt kites and more. You'll even see the world's largest windsock, which is three stories high and 200 feet long!
Bring the whole family, along with lawn chairs or blankets and a kite if you have one. (If not, kites will be sold on site while supplies last.) Numerous food trucks will be on hand to satisfy your food and beverage cravings -- something for everyone!
500 SW Longview Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
2023 activity information coming soon!
For inclement weather information the day of the event, please check our Facebook page.
MCC-Longview asks, for the safety of our festival-goers, that guests do not bring pets, glass or alcohol to Flights of Fancy.
The MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy Kite Festival is supported through the generous contributions of our community partners.
We could not produce this unique event without the generous help of our sponsors and community supporters. We offer four sponsorship levels beginning at $500 and up to $6,500. At each sponsorship level we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our partners to ensure that your support is recognized throughout the community.
Flights of Fancy attracts a large, diverse audience - last year more than 35,000 people attended the event. The Flights of Fancy event page on Facebook is active, with lots of Q&A, photo sharing and tagging of friends.
Become a sponsor today.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor at the MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy kite festival, contact Kristy Edmondson at 816.604.2144 or email@example.com.
Donations of any amount are accepted and are considered tax deductible. Make a donation, or contact Kristy Edmondson at 816.604.2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Recognition by the Metropolitan Community College Foundation
- Name included in the MCC Foundation Annual Report
We could not produce this unique event without the generous help of our sponsors and community supporters. At each sponsorship level we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our partners to ensure that your support is recognized throughout the community.
Thank you for your interest in the MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy kite festival. We strive to have a variety of food and beverages available to our guests and welcome new vendors to the event. If you are interested in having a presence at the festival, please fill out the vendor application.
Frequently asked questions
The Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival is an annual kite festival on the Metropolitan Community College-Longview campus. The idea for the festival originated in 2006 with former MCC-Longview president Dr. Fred Grogan, who saw the open space and hilltop location as a great place to fly kites.
Dr. Grogan's initial vision was for families to bring their kites and fly them on campus. He and then Community Education Manager, Jill Ladas, discovered that Kansas City had a kite club - one of the most active in the country - right in MCC-Longview's back yard, the Kansas City Kite Club.
That first year, the event was deemed a success with 3,500 people attending. People of all ages brought kites to fly on designated public flying fields, while the kite club managed the professional field and provided the spectacular displays both in the air and on the ground.
Each year has seen an increase in attendance, with 2016's attendance topping 35,000!
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No - attendance is free! We're thrilled to welcome sponsors who allow us to bring this event to the community and continue the free, family fun. Food and drinks are available from on-site vendors. You're welcome to bring a picnic, too!
There is plenty of parking available on campus:
- Enter Gate 1 to park in the Recreation Center Lot D.
- Enter Gate 3 at Loula Lane to park in Lots A or B.
As a courtesy to our neighbors, please refrain from parking in the New Longview shopping area as that parking area is reserved for New Longview customers. Ample parking for MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy guests will be available on the MCC-Longview campus.
- Gate 2, at Sallie Street, will be closed during the festival.
- Please do not park in the New Longview Business District. Those spaces are to be used by customers of those businesses.
Glass, pets, alcohol and grills are not permitted. We have a number of fantastic food vendors on site. We ask that you do not circulate petitions, solicit, or hand out flyers at the event. Our sponsors and vendors pay to advertise at the event and it would be unfair to them to offer free space to others.
Of course! There is ample space on the campus to enjoy a picnic with family and friends. There will also be food and drink vendors with items available for purchase.
No, we do not allow pets at the event.
Flights of Fancy will go on as planned in slightly inclement weather; however, in the case of severe weather where thunder and lightning are present, the festival will be canceled.
The festival is very child friendly. There is a dedicated children's activity area with face painting, photo opportunities and more!
Proceeds go toward keeping the festival as a free community event and to benefit MCC students. Five scholarships are funded each year with some of the festival proceeds.
Metropolitan Community College-Longview
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
Metropolitan Community College
Kansas City, MO 64111