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[Katy] This is a display of character kites to promote a safe and healthy activity for families. Safety poster is displayed with the kites- as well as the National Kite Month poster.
 
[Virginia Beach, Portsmouth] As we pondered next years events and we would like to announce that the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival this year in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth Virginia will be held May 2 – 4, 2008.

This event is sponsored by both cities with additional sponsorship from HQ Kites and Jackite, Inc.

Our schedule this year, as we expand, includes on Friday May 2nd (5 – 9pm) a party to view one of The Drachen Foundation Exhibits and for welcoming the kite flyers. A Kite Festival Saturday May 3rd (10 – 5) at the Virginia Beach ocean front (same as previous years) with a party afterwards at the Stankus’ residence. And finally, on May 4th (11 – 4), a Kite Festival at the city park in Portsmouth VA, which is just around the corner.

I will be keeping you informed of all the different events and times so please watch for my emails. If I do not have your email address and wish for info (we respect your privacy) email me your email at chris@jackite.com
 
[Edgerton] The program for the Pack Meeting will include a session where there will be some Chinese kites on display. Presenter will give a short history of kites in China. Two short stories will be presented on kites and kite building. Then the Cub Scouts will have a chance to make a small, paper kite which will fly indoors under Scout power, or outside in gentle breezes.
[Weymouth] Kites for Kids as an educational tool.
   
[Galesburg] Schedule of Events: Saturday & Sunday the outdoor kite flying festival begins at Lake Storey Park. This event is FREE for the whole family. Grounds open Saturday at 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday grounds open at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cookouts provided by local area provider. Saturday the Candy drop will take place at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Weather depending). The Silent Auction starts Saturday and ends Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Sunday the Candy drop will take place at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Weather depending). Kite flying lessons will be provided by professionals both Saturday & Sunday. Each year new and exciting events take place during the two day outdoor event. This event is brought to you by the City of Galesburg Recreation Division and local businesses in the community!
   
[Newcastle]
   
[St. Louis] The Science Center will have a 2 day festival to kick off a display in conjunction with Taiwanese American Heritage Week. Over 60 kites will be part of the one month display. The Science Center will be issuing a design challenge to area schools for the month of April that will be judged this weekend. Taiwanese Kite Master Buteo Huang will be brought in to fly some trains and a commissioned dinosaur kite that is 6.4 meters wide and 1.8 meters long. The Gateway Kite Club will hold demos both days. The organizers of this festival would like to see it to grow into an international competition, so spread the word and come help us share our love of kiting at the first of what may become a premier kiting event.
         
NWSKC (OR)
[Portland] River City Flyers will hold an AKA Sanctioned Competition the first weekend in May at West Delta Park. Check the Northwest Sport Kite League event calendar for on-line registration.

http://www.nwskl.org/events.htm

http://www.nwskc.net/
         
[Sunnyvale] Sport kite and fighter kite Competition all skill levals welcome.
 
[millville]
   
Kids & Kites (IL)
[Chicago] Lets go fly a kite at Mayor Daley’s Kids & Kites Festival! The dates for 2008 have been announced-- Saturday, May 3 on the front lawn of the Museum of Science and IndustryWhile the kites are flying high, there will be plenty of family fun here on the ground with storytelling, face painting, and much, much more.
 
Kite Display (OH)
[Streetsboro]
   
The Toney (IN)
[Muncie] 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Pay tribute to the "Kite Man of Indiana" and those who are flying with us in our memories. Come to the wonderful venue of the AMA to fly kites, socialize and help children build their own sled kites at the workshop. Evening meal provided to HKS members.
 
[Medford]
   
[Long Beach] The MS Gulf Coast Kite Fest is fun filled family event all day on the first Saturday in May sponsored by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. The event is held on the beach at the Long Beach Harbor. Kite Club participants from the region attend and fly kites beachside all day. Many children’s games, water Choo Choo slide, water Obstacle Course, Space Jump and a FREE Kid’s Kitemaking Workshop are on hand. Food, beverages, snowcones, cotton candy are available for purchase. Annual Kite Fest T-shirts will be sold, so be sure to pick up this collector’s item. Admission to the Fest is $1 per person and games are $.50 - $5.00.
 
[Bonney Lake]
   
[Oregon]
 
[Bonney Lake] Poster and Kites Displayed to encourage people to become more active.
   
[Parkman] This is an annual event sponsored by the Parkman Chamber of Commerce. Spend a day in the country getting back to the basics. For young and young at heart. Pack a picnic lunch or purchase refreshments in the pavilion. Bring your kite or Send-It-Packin'-Plus will be on hand with kites and accessories for sale. Join in the "Sprint Races", "Patriotic Red,White & Blue Fly" and enjoy the demonstrations by OSEK. Join the Snyder Family as they fly "Wind Beneath My Wings" in memory of Bill Snyder who was the inspiration of this festival.
 
[Puyallup]
   
[Easton]
 
[Evansville] This museum is displaying kites on loan from the Drachen Foundation in Washington to show the connection of kites that led to our modern-day modes of transportation. The display will end June 22, 2008.
Museum hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4:30pm
Mon: closed
Museum phone number: 812-425-2406
[Riverside]
       
[Waco] Come see some of the largest kites in the world.

Sponsored by the Heart of Texas Sertoma Club in association with the Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club.

The Kite Festival will be Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 10-3 p.m.The event is free of charge and will feature contests and free flying. HOTMAC will have a spectacular air show. Food vendors will be present. This festival is paid for by our sponsors and all proceeds go toward helping hard of hearing children.
 
[Pasadena] Actual kites on display in addition to Educational information about Kite Safety, Kite Science and Kite Geography.
       
[Medford] Display and information about Fighter Kites
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[Evansville] This museum is displaying kites on loan from the Drachen Foundation in Washington to show the connection of kites that led to our modern-day modes of transportation. The display will end June 22, 2008.
Museum hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4:30pm
Mon: closed
Museum phone number: 812-425-2406
         
WHKF Festival (United Kingdom)
[Swindon] The annual international kite festival organised by WHKF (Region 13, Kite Club of the year 2007). Attracts about 10,000 members of the public to watch demonstrations and displays with trade stalls etc on site.
         
KITES INTERNATIONAL (Belgium)
[Oostende]
         
[Marina] The Marina International Festival of the Winds, now going into its ninth year, will be held over Mother’s Day weekend, May 10 and 11, 2008. The Board is also looking to continue to have FREE admission and lots of wind-related activities and fun for the whole family.
The Festival is a celebration of the wind and features kite flying, hang gliding, wind-related art and science projects, giant kite demonstrations, kite-making workshops, live music and entertainment, food and vendor booths, and a giant inflatable air park and climbing wall.
Events will be held Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at both Glorya Jean Tate Park and Marina State Beach in Marina, CA just off Highway 1 and Reservation Road on the Monterey Bay. Plan on coming early on Saturday morning for the Marina Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Breakfast at the Park from 7 to 10:30 am to be followed by the Opening Ceremonies. From 1 to 3 on Saturday everyone is invited to make kites for the Kite Competition to be held at 4 p.m.
We look forward to another great entertainment line-up this year. Please see the Event Schedule on our website www.marinafestival.com for updates and details as we get closer to the Festival.
         
[Freeport] The festivities will begin Saturday, May 10, and carry over into Sunday (Mother’s Day). This event is a chance for our community to create, learn, play, and connect with one another - and I am happy to extend a special invitation to you all.

Schools and community organizations throughout the Freeport area are encouraging students and group members to participate. We are providing roughly 800 kites to elementary school students, developing class projects for older kids (in which students create their own non-conventional kites), and are happily extending an open invitation to anybody who just likes to fly kites!

We kick things off Saturday in beautiful Taylor Park, Freeport, IL. This event is geared toward younger kids who will have created their own kite in school. Saturday will be a prelude to Sunday, where we will take the kite flying to the spacious campus of Freeport’s Highland Community College. Music, food, and a range of "windy" activities will fill Mother’s Day as friends and families gather for Sunday fun.
         
[Tulsa , Okla.] The 15th annual Tulsa WindRiders festival of Kites is a 2 day fun fly. It draws in kite flyer from all over Oklahoma as well as surounding states. There will be kite making for the kids,a silent auction on Saturday to help support our event.(donation are welcome)
         
[Grinnell] Kites Over Grinnell is a no admission, one day Fun-Fly Kite Festival that has drawn kite fliers and spectators from over 10 states as well as over 50 cities across Iowa. Last year, there were over 30 kite fliers with single line, double line, quad line & really big kites. Over 3000 spectators arrived with their own kites or purchased kites from Chicago Kite/Kite Harbor on site & joined the open flying fields.
19 acres are set aside for the event with roped off areas for performances.
Educational components occur within the local schools prior to the festival & a free kids-kite-making workshop is offered at the event.
Other special features include a community waffle breakfast, a Kite Parade to the flying fields, mass ascension, indoor kite flying, kids games, raffles & prizes, & a lighted night flight.
Food & kite vending are available on the grounds.
[Kendallville] 11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Fly your kites among the "giants" of wind in this unique setting! A children’s sled kite making workshop will also be taking place.
The facility is located on the east side of Kendallville.
         
[Brookline] The Clay Center Observatory hosts astronomy day events with many activities for families and children of all ages. There will be demonstrations, telescope viewing, planetarium shows, rocketry, kite flying, celebrity appearances, educational activities for all ages.
Kite Flying - Outdoors 2:00-6:30 pm on Fuller Field. Indoor kite flying in the Athletic Center 6:00-9:00 pm.
[St. Louis] Fly starts at 1 p.m.
         
[Kenton] Celebrate the end of winter at the Spring Festival 2008. The Hardin County Historical Mueseum is proud to host the festival. Kite flyers from all over Ohio will converge on the beautiful 28 acre Hardin County Historic Farm Museum located on the east side of the Hardin County Fairgrounds. Kites that flew at the Jamestown 400th will grace the entrance of the festival.
Children are invited to participate in crafts and games. Singers, performers and a variety of artisans will ply their craft. Local vendors will display their awres and families can sit in the shade of the farm house yard and enjoy a picnic. Free Admission.
[Cleveland] Monthly Free Fly in Cleveland
         
[Irving] Vibha’s Dallas Action Center organizes - 5th annual kite flying festival - on Saturday May 10, 2008 from 3 pm to 7 pm at Thomas Jefferson park, 1201 Hidden ridge road, Irving, Texas - 75038. This is a free Event.

Vibha is a Sanskrit word that means "inner radiance" or "brightness", especially as seen in children. Vibha is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-religious, non-political organization working towards the upliftment of underprivileged kids. With Vibha’s mission to "educate, empower and enable every individual who wishes to make a positive difference in the life of an underprivileged child".

"Bring a kite or Make A kite". Children will have workshops on how to make kites, the art of flying kites and the science behind flying kites.

The event is sponsored by Texas Instruments.

More information on events page of Dallas Vibha website - http://dallas.vibha.org
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[Evansville] This museum is displaying kites on loan from the Drachen Foundation in Washington to show the connection of kites that led to our modern-day modes of transportation. The display will end June 22, 2008.
Museum hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4:30pm
Mon: closed
Museum phone number: 812-425-2406
         
[Hardelot Plage]
         
[Madison]
         
[Belmar] The Kite Festival/Spring Fling is an annual two-day gathering of kite enthusiasts. We expect between 3500-4000 visitors to Belmar during this weekend.
         
[Rockaway Beach]
         
[San Francisco] Sport kite and fighter kite line touch Competition all skill levals welcome
[Belmar] South Jersey Kite Flyers monthly meeting at 12:00 pm
in conjunction with the Belmar kite Festival
Kite fly after brief meeting.
           
[North Tonawanda] This one day event is our kick off fly of 2008. Other clubs are invited to participate. It is open for the public to learn more about the art of flying kites.
           
[Oregon]
           
[Las Colinas-Irving, Texas] 2008 Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite, and Lantern Festival
Sunday, May 18, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Lake Carolyn, Irving, Texas
Dragon Boat Racing
Kite flying demonstrations and displays
General Public Kite Flying

           
[Irving] Welcome to the 2008 Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite & Lantern Fenstival. The festival features kite flying and dragon boat races in the morning, cultural performances and a lantern festival in the afternoon plus traditional Asian food, arts & crafts & educational activities for children. Come enjoy a day of cultural diversity & educational activities. This event is free to the public to attend.
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[Evansville] This museum is displaying kites on loan from the Drachen Foundation in Washington to show the connection of kites that led to our modern-day modes of transportation. The display will end June 22, 2008.
Museum hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4:30pm
Mon: closed
Museum phone number: 812-425-2406
       
[smithville] We have reserved camping for everyone- also we have reserved Shelter #1 at the Little Platte Park on the east side all weekend for three days of fun flying for all- complete with shelter and electricity.
No stress- just fun in the sun over the holiday weekend and come and go as you like.

May 23rd-26th 2008 Join the KC and area kite enthusiasts for 3 fun filled days of the fastest growing water sport kite boarding. Also there are large areas and open fields for KCKC flyers of all types of kites. Shelter # 1 at the Little Platte Park have been reserved for three days for the daytime flying and for the “non- campers” this is where we will be during the day. This area is the normal kite launching spot for Kite boarders so you will be able to see them in action and still have plenty of room to fly. This event is held over Memorial Day weekend and is geared to anyone who kite boards or is interested in learning more about this incredible sport. The event is an all weekend no format event. Just three days of kite flying, camping, friends, and fun. This year we will have a few special guests (Chris Buzten from Kitty Hawk Kites!) that will be camping with us sharing the experience. The entire cove will be reserved, and tent campsites are located at Camp Branch Park on Smithville lakes east side. Please RSVP if you will be camping so we can have an accurate headcount. Sites are near the water! www.nwk.usace.army.mil/smithville/smithville_home.htm
Beginners welcome talk w/ experts Group Kite Camping at the lake, Meet new friends w/ kites for all ages. Saturday afternoon will be a Fun Fly for all kites, followed by a pot luck cookout, and songs and stories around the campfires.
       
[Wildwood] Kite flying at its finest! Join us in Wildwood, NJ for the 23rd annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Sponsored by GWTIDA, the City of Wildwood and Sky Festival Productions, enjoy a fun filled weekend packed with tons of media attention, a Friday evening welcoming reception hosted by the South Jersey Kite Flyers, a Friday evening nite kite show, large inflatable kites, sport kite competition, a learn to fly field, workshops, Rokakku challenges, ground display competition, Rev games, fighter kite competition, kids kite making, running of the bols, kite makers competition, tricks part, indoor kite competition, candy drops, banquet, auction and more!

Haven't flown a kite since you were a kid? No worries, c'mon down and relive your childhood - join us in the Learn To Fly field where we'll help put that sparkle back in your eyes and soul yet again!
       
[Junction] The Junction Kite Makers' Retreat is an annual gathering of kite makers, fliers, and enthusiasts during Memorial Day weekend. The campus is beautiful, in a rural setting in Texas Hill Country, plentiful classrooms, excellent instructors and informal classes with a focus on artistic elements that are kite flight related. It is informal and a great deal of fun.
         
Skydance (ND)
[Garrison] Skydance Sakakawea is a family fun fly event. Kid’s kitemaking, free prizes, art kites, big kites, and a view worth flying for all make the three day event a great party on the prairie.
         
[Betahon]
         
[Dorchester] We are proud to announce the annual Kites, Kids, and Family Kite Festival at the Franklin Park.

Proudly sponsored by Touch 106.1 FM

Activities are Face Painting, Three Lagged Race, Water Balloon Fight, Doge Ball, and Kite Flying.
[Ville-Pommeraeul]
         
[San Antonio] Kite workshop for about forty to fifty children. We will be building a sled kite and some paper fold kites at the library.
[Quincy]
         
[Grayland,] Fly kites on the beach and join our club meeting with a potluck in the evening at the Willapa Grange Hall.
Call for more detail.
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[Evansville] This museum is displaying kites on loan from the Drachen Foundation in Washington to show the connection of kites that led to our modern-day modes of transportation. The display will end June 22, 2008.
Museum hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4:30pm
Mon: closed
Museum phone number: 812-425-2406
[smithville] We have reserved camping for everyone- also we have reserved Shelter #1 at the Little Platte Park on the east side all weekend for three days of fun flying for all- complete with shelter and electricity.
No stress- just fun in the sun over the holiday weekend and come and go as you like.

May 23rd-26th 2008 Join the KC and area kite enthusiasts for 3 fun filled days of the fastest growing water sport kite boarding. Also there are large areas and open fields for KCKC flyers of all types of kites. Shelter # 1 at the Little Platte Park have been reserved for three days for the daytime flying and for the “non- campers” this is where we will be during the day. This area is the normal kite launching spot for Kite boarders so you will be able to see them in action and still have plenty of room to fly. This event is held over Memorial Day weekend and is geared to anyone who kite boards or is interested in learning more about this incredible sport. The event is an all weekend no format event. Just three days of kite flying, camping, friends, and fun. This year we will have a few special guests (Chris Buzten from Kitty Hawk Kites!) that will be camping with us sharing the experience. The entire cove will be reserved, and tent campsites are located at Camp Branch Park on Smithville lakes east side. Please RSVP if you will be camping so we can have an accurate headcount. Sites are near the water! www.nwk.usace.army.mil/smithville/smithville_home.htm
Beginners welcome talk w/ experts Group Kite Camping at the lake, Meet new friends w/ kites for all ages. Saturday afternoon will be a Fun Fly for all kites, followed by a pot luck cookout, and songs and stories around the campfires.
     
Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival (United Kingdom)
[Exmouth] A kite festival organised by Exmouth Rotary Club but welcoming kite flyers from all over.
       
[Lincoln City] The inaugural Nelscott Kiteboard Rodeo Pro-Am attracts some of the top freestyle, waveriders and racers in the US.
The Rodeo is a combination of three disciplines to determine the overall winners. Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each discipline in the respective pro and amateur divisions plus the $5000 for the Pro Division. The Downwind 5 mile race will start at Roads End and end at Nelscott Beach. The Wave contest will be held at Roads End. The Freestyle contest will be held in Siletz Bay. All the venues are extremely spectator friendly and we invite all families and fans to join us for this unique event.
         
[Fort Mahon]
         
[Cayeux-sur-Mer]
         
[Pontiac] Pontiac Tourism has been working with Illinois Kite Enthusiast Club, Sparling Entertainment, Chicago Kite and the Kansas City Kite Club to bring the Second Annual Pontiac Kite Festival to town! May 31 & June 1, 2008 at the Pontiac Rec Plex from 10 - 5 PM daily. Huge crowds are expected to turn out to make the Pontiac Kite Festival a soaring success. This family oriented event features a gigantic purple octopus, a huge gecko and many other large singleline and quadline kites. Some of the state’s best kite¬fliers, and national champion winners will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their skills. There is plenty of space for you to fly your own kite. Bring a kite, or buy a kite from Chicagokite/Kite Harbor Shop, who will be on site. Bring a chair and sit back and enjoy watching the sky fill with color. For more information contact Pontiac Tourism 815-844-5847.
         
[East Tawas] Breeze on the Bay Tawas Kite Festival is a two-day family event featuring single-string, two-line kiteboarding, night flight, kids kite-flying workshop and more. It is 5/31 and Jun 1, 2008 in Harbor Park on the Tawas Bay of Lake Huron, East Tawas, MI
         
[Stewartstown] 2nd Annual Stewartstown Kite Festival (Fun Fly) at the new Hopewell Area Recreation Complex in Stewartstown, PA. May 4th, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 156.

*Note this is at a different field than the event held last November in Stewartstown.

Stewartstown is in York County, just a stone’s throw from the Maryland border off Route 83 - approximately 40 miles north of Baltimore; approximately 40 miles south of Harrisburg.

Light food available -- (TBD) -- likely a sandwich presale and/or hotdogs, chips, soda, and water. Proceeds will benefit the Cub Scouts.
[Vicente Lopez]
[Wildwood] Kite flying at its finest! Join us in Wildwood, NJ for the 23rd annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Sponsored by GWTIDA, the City of Wildwood and Sky Festival Productions, enjoy a fun filled weekend packed with tons of media attention, a Friday evening welcoming reception hosted by the South Jersey Kite Flyers, a Friday evening nite kite show, large inflatable kites, sport kite competition, a learn to fly field, workshops, Rokakku challenges, ground display competition, Rev games, fighter kite competition, kids kite making, running of the bols, kite makers competition, tricks part, indoor kite competition, candy drops, banquet, auction and more!

Haven't flown a kite since you were a kid? No worries, c'mon down and relive your childhood - join us in the Learn To Fly field where we'll help put that sparkle back in your eyes and soul yet again!
           
[Junction] The Junction Kite Makers' Retreat is an annual gathering of kite makers, fliers, and enthusiasts during Memorial Day weekend. The campus is beautiful, in a rural setting in Texas Hill Country, plentiful classrooms, excellent instructors and informal classes with a focus on artistic elements that are kite flight related. It is informal and a great deal of fun.
           
Skydance (ND)
[Garrison] Skydance Sakakawea is a family fun fly event. Kid’s kitemaking, free prizes, art kites, big kites, and a view worth flying for all make the three day event a great party on the prairie.
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