Groh, who recently moved back to Grand Rapids after spending several years in New York, bought his first “adult” kite in Boulder, Colorado, back in the 1970s.
“I gave it to my first wife as a gift, and when we got divorced, she gave it back to me,” Groh said as he set up a series of colorful kites at Grand Haven City Beach on Wednesday afternoon. “I flew that kite for years, up until I lost it a couple years ago. It just got away from me and I watched it go. Thirty-five kites later, I’m back out flying. What else does one do in retirement?”
Groh was in Grand Haven last year for the Great Lakes Kite Festival, and is excited to attend this year’s festival, which takes place May 19-20. He was distraught to learn that this year’s festival — the 30th — will also be the last.
“I was really shocked to hear the organizers said this will be the last year,” Groh said.