Committee spokesman Bob Josjor announced Monday that the 26th annual Kites and Castles event held at Lake McConaughy has been canceled this year because of high-water levels.
Due to precipitation west of Keith County and high South Platte River flows, which reduce the need for downstream irrigation outflows from Lake McConaughy, lake levels are expected to remain at near capacity throughout the summer months.
Josjor, who has been involved with Kites and Castles since its inception in the late 1980s, said, with the high-water levels, the committee can’t find a location that would accommodate the competition and provide parking for those wanting to attend.
This year will mark the first time since the event was organized that it had to be canceled, a remarkable accomplishment considering what rain would do to a sand-sculpting competition.
Josjor said those teams that annually attend the sand-sculpture competition are asked to plan to attend the next Kites and Castles event. The 27th annual Kites and Castles competition will be held .