Weekend kite festival begins today

Great Lakes Kite Festival 2011 takes flight over Grand Haven State Park beginning today, and continues Saturday and Sunday. World-famous stunt kite fliers will perform to music on the center flying field, while kites larger than a school bus hover just to the south.
Tribune Staff
May 20, 2011

 

The public can also bring their own kites to fly on the open flying field at the north end of the event, or test fly the year’s newest kites on one of the manufacturers’ fields. A selection of kites, wind toys and spinners will be available to buy in the giant MACkite tent on the beach. At the south end of the tent, family fun activities will be available, with proceeds benefiting Love INC.

The festival is free to attend, though there may be a motor vehicle charge to enter park. Out-of-state residents and those who have opted not to add a recreational pass to their license plate tabs will need to pay; those who do have a recreational plate tab and those who have not yet had the opportunity to renew their tab with the new pass will get in free.

Schedule of events

Friday
10 a.m.: Learn to fly with the pros session 1 (two hours)
1 p.m.: Learn to fly with the pros session 2 (two hours)
4 p.m.: Friday Evening Kickoff: Chicago Fire kite team, Team iQuad and national Champion Zach Gordon turn the sky in to a ballet of color
7-8:30 p.m.: Indoor kite fly at the White Pines Middle School gym

Saturday
10 a.m.: Revolution ballet with iQuad
10:30 a.m.: Chicago Fire national championship team demonstration
11 a.m.: 90-foot Octopus and Trilobite launch, stunt kite team and pairs ballet routines, inflatable obstacle course opens
Noon: Windjammers kite team
12:30 p.m.: Revolution Quadline kite demonstration
1 p.m.: Chicago Fire national championship team demonstration
1:30 p.m.: Team iQuad
2 p.m.: Windjammers kite team
2:15 p.m.: Candy drop
2:30 p.m.: Chicago Fire national championship team demonstration
3 p.m.: Team iQuad
3:30 p.m.: Fighter kite demonstrations
4 p.m.: Stunt kite team and pairs demonstrations
4:45 p.m.: Mega Team stunt kite demonstrations
9:30-10:30 p.m.: Night fly on the beach (bring your lighted kites and spotlights)

Sunday
10:45 a.m.: Opening ceremonies
11 a.m.: 90-foot Octopus and Trilobite launch, inflatable obstacle course opens
11:30 a.m.: Stunt kite team and pairs ballet routines
Noon: Team iQuad
12:30 p.m.: Revolution Quadline kite demonstration
1:30 p.m.: Team iQuad
2 p.m.: Single line kite parade
2:15 p.m.: Candy drop
2:30 p.m.: Chicago Fire national championship team demonstration
3 p.m.: Windjammers kite team
3:30 p.m.: Fighter kite demonstrations
4 p.m.: Stunt kite team and pairs demonstrations
4:45 p.m.: Mega Team stunt kite demonstrations
5 p.m.: Event closing ceremonies

All day Saturday and Sunday
— Kite Ballet Field: teams, pairs and individuals flying to music.
— Giant Kites: If there is wind, they will be flying as many big kites as possible.
— Test Flight Field: open to try new kites.

Online:
www.mackite.com/glskc.htm

 

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