Kite fest lifts off

The 25th annual Great Lakes Kite Festival soars into the Grand Haven State Park this weekend.
Marie Havenga
May 17, 2013


Professional and amateur kite enthusiasts will participate in demonstrations, competitions, a night fly and more.

Some of the kites will be as big as school buses, according to event organizer Lynn Negen, who owns the festival's longtime sponsor, Mackinaw Kite Co. in Grand Haven.

Negen said the festival is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. More than 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the three-day event.

“I've traveled to beaches all over the country and I'm always astounded at how nice Grand Haven is,” she said. “It's a gorgeous beach and the wind is nice off the lake.”

Negen said kite enthusiasts consider the Grand Haven festival a premier event.

"We are one of the favorite kite festivals among those who fly regularly," Negen said. "People look forward to this festival every year. Not only is Grand Haven a great community to bring your family to, but they like to come because our beach is so beautiful and it's next to a gorgeous lake."

Earlier this year, USA Today named the Grand Haven State Park one of the Top 10 places in the country to fly a kite.

Highlights of this year's festival include an indoor kite flying competition from 7-8 tonight at White Pines Middle School, 1400 S. Griffin St.; and a night fly beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday at the state park.

For the kite fest's complete schedule, CLICK HERE.


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