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April 14, 2015

Fly high during the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival May 2 at the Oceanfront

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the 11th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.  Held in two locations, this popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados.

Everyone is invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.”  To enter this contest, participants bring a kite that they have made or purchased and fly it at the festival.  The contest consists of two parts: the actual kite itself (how it looks and how well it is made), and the participant’s ability to fly the kite.  Participants must be able to fly their kites consecutively in the air for 5 minutes at a height of 100 feet.  Kites will be judged on Flight (ability to fly for 5 minutes), Structural Design, Craftsmanship, and Visual Appeal.  There will be three competitive divisions: Master, Novice, and Youth (ages 7-14).  Trophies will be awarded for all divisions.

The Best Kite Contest is free to enter, and takes place from 1:30-3:00pm each day.

“Flight Training” – Experienced kite enthusiasts will assist novice flyers.  Topics include equipment selection, laying out of lines, setting up the field, launching the kite, flying and landing a kite, and safety.

“Flight Training” will take place each day. 

Schedule of activities:

Kite Festival in Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach Oceanfront) – Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm on the beach at 17th Street.  Features the Best Kite Contest.  In addition, families are invited to participate in kite building workshops led by Archie Stewart of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  Archie is a member of: American Kitefliers Association (AKA) www.aka.kite.org, past Board Member and Chairman of Festivals and Competitions for Kites Over New England (KONE) www.kone.org, the regional kite club of New England. He is also a member of ConnectiKiters kite club, headquartered in Norwalk, CT and a member and competitor of the Eastern League Flyers Association. These workshops are free and include kite materials and instructions on how to build a kite, as well as the aerodynamics of kite flying and kite safety.

American Kite Association members from throughout the East Coast will present kite demonstrations, perform kite routines to music, and fly giant kites (up to 80 feet long) that include an octopus kite!  Kite vendors will be on site to sell various kinds of kites.

Awards will also be given each day for oldest and youngest kitefliers, funniest kite, most unusual kite, and biggest kite.

Admission to the kite festival is free.

Kite Festival in Portsmouth – Sunday, May 3, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm at City Park in Portsmouth (140 City Park Avenue).  Features the Best Kite Contest.  In addition, families are invited to participate in kite building workshops led by Archie Stewart of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  These workshops include kite materials and cover the aerodynamics of kite flying and kite safety.  American Kite Association members from throughout the Southeast will present kite demonstrations, perform kite routines to music, and fly giant kites (up to 80 feet long) that include an octopus kite!  Kite vendors will be on site to sell various kinds of kites.

Admission to the kite festival is free.

There is a nominal charge for the kite building workshop led by Archie Stewart in Portsmouth.

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