Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

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Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Thu, Jan 06 2011, 11:38 PM

Since I don't think I can make the TI trip :( . . . I decided to pull together a list of other festivals here, since here is where I start my internet kite "surfing" most days. :-) Plus I am itching to fly again . . . .

Mods - feel free to add to the club calendar and/or to split this into multiple topics . . . .

Credit to Gift of Wings web site for the following:

April 17th - Wheaton Go Fly A Kite - Graf Park, noon - 4 pm :-D
May 28/29 - Milwaukee Veterans Park - Family Kite Festival 10am-6pm(sat) or 5pm(sun)
June 4/5 - Kenosha Outta Site Kite Flight - Kennedy Park - 10am-5pm
June 19th - OshKosh - EAA Wings on Strings - 10am - 4:00 pm
July 3rd - Milwaukee Veterans Park - Fireworks Kite Festival - 11am - 6:30 PM + 7:30 PM - 9:25 pm
Aug 7-8 - Chicago Botanic Gardens - 10am - 5pm
Sept 11-12 - Milwaukee Lakefront - Frank Mots 10-6 Sat, 10-5 Sunday

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Thu, Jan 06 2011, 11:57 PM

And more . . . credit to Chicago Kite for these:

April 9-10 - West Chester, OH - Airwaves Kite Festival - 12 - 5 pm (probably a bit too far for me . . . )
Apr 16 - Lee's Summit, MO - Flights of Fancy Festival 10am-4 pm (also probably a bit too far for me)
Apr 24-25 - Decatur, IL - no details other than "Process City just north of Richland College" - this might be a leftover from 2010 on the CK site . . . .
May 7 - Chicago Mayor Daley Kids & Kites - Montrose Harbor - 10 - 3 pm (this one says IKE will be there! :up: )
May 14 - Roselle, IL - Spring Family Fun Fest - Turner Park - 10-4pm
May 15 - Westmont, IL - Ty Warner Park 10-5 pm
June 5th - Naperville, IL - Kite Fly - Frontier Park - (CK says IKE will be there :up: )
June 11-12 - Grinnell, IA - Family Fun Kite Festival - Ahrens Park - 11am-dusk (unless you include the 7 am waffle breakfast) + 7 pm indoor flying
Sept 11 - Dekalb Kite Festival - 11am - 4pm - NIU's "north 40" - Lucinda & Kishwaukee drive :up: because this is where I met IKE'ers last year
Oct 1 - Antioch, IL Family Kite Fly - 10-5pm Tim Osmond Sports Complex

Apologies to the modmins if I've pre-empted your calendar . . .
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Fri, Jan 07 2011, 12:23 AM

Plus some other random travel-inducing possibilities . . . . Not including TI, which already has it's own thread . . . . and which I don't think I can make . . .

Kite Party - Huntington Beach, CA - March 12-13. (confirmed by kiteking, thanks)

The following pulled from the AKA site -
M.I.K.E. - Maryland Intl Kite Expo - Ocean City, MD - Apr 29 - May 1. I just think a few members here might like the name of this one ;-)
Washington State Intl Kite Festival - Long Beach, WA - August 15-21, 2011
AKA Convention - Wildwood, NJ - Sept 26 - Oct 1

Two more - from MACKite
Reeds Lake Ice Fly - Grand Rapids, MI Feb 5th - noon-4pm
Great Lakes Kite Festival - Grand Haven, MI, May 20-22 - State Park Beach

I hope the above posts are useful to calendar planning for fellow IKE'rs. My "real-work-procrastinating" tendencies may yet prove useful to someone . . . . and besides, hunting this stuff was more fun.

I'm sure I've missed a bunch, so feel free to add!
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Fri, Jan 07 2011, 07:21 AM

Some more (thanks to the IKE 2010 festivals page for more search criteria):

Apr 16 - Oswego Earth Day Kite Fly - PrairieFest Park - 1-3:30 pm
Apr 30 - Willowbrook Kite FLy Day - Farmingdale Terrace Park - 1pm
May ?? - Kites over Lake Storey - Galesburg, IL (can't find much on this one - it might have been cancelled last year)
May 21? - Kite Hill Vineyards / Kite Hill Festival - noon-4pm (NOT free & this is based on last year's event info) Carbondale, IL
June 25-26 - Windscape Kite Festival - Swift Current, Sask, CA!!! - 10-5pm. 180go go again?
Sep 3-4 Kites Over Lake Michigan - Two Rivers, WI - 11-4pm + Sat night fly
Sep 24-25 - Quad Cities Kite Festival - Davenport, IA - 10-4:30pm (if it's the same as a couple years ago - nothing online yet).
Oct 8 - Glenview Kite Day - Glenview, IL - at "The Glen" - 10a-4pm
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby kiteking » Fri, Jan 07 2011, 09:11 AM

goestoeleven wrote:Kite Party - Huntington Beach, CA - I don't have an exact date, but I think from other threads this might be March 12-13.


KP dates are correct for 2011, more info
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Fri, Jan 07 2011, 09:37 AM

kiteking wrote:KP dates are correct for 2011, more info


Thanks! I'll edit the other post.

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby Jeff » Fri, Jan 07 2011, 06:08 PM

Thanks for your efforts...I fully intend to update the official Festival page for 2011, I just haven't had a chance yet. I'll get that done soon...
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby Mike » Sat, Jan 08 2011, 11:58 AM

That's a good list of fests! I'm sure Jeff will update the calendar in due (thanks Jeff!)
Be sure to post here with questions about the festivals and look up past festival reports on the forums. The festivals differ greatly. Some are small club-fly sort of affairs, some are huge, some have performances, some don't. All can be fun in their own way.

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Mon, Jan 10 2011, 10:25 PM

Jeff wrote:Thanks for your efforts...I fully intend to update the official Festival page for 2011, I just haven't had a chance yet. I'll get that done soon...


Thanks Jeff!! Festival page is now updated here: http://www.ikeclub.org/wiki/Current_Festivals

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby Jeff » Tue, Jan 11 2011, 12:38 AM

goestoeleven wrote:
Jeff wrote:Thanks for your efforts...I fully intend to update the official Festival page for 2011, I just haven't had a chance yet. I'll get that done soon...


Thanks Jeff!! Festival page is now updated here: http://www.ikeclub.org/wiki/Current_Festivals

Yes, I've added the dates to the page, I just need to double check some of the info, and put it on the club's Google Calendar and Map too.
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby West Baton Rouge Conventi » Thu, Jan 20 2011, 03:14 PM

Hi everyone! I am new to this site and I have to say I am extremly impressed! I am from the West Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau located in Port Allen Louisiana. We are the only ones in the state of Louisiana to host a Kite Festival!! It has been such an amazing experience each and every year. We are hosting Kite Fest April 1, 2, and 3rd this year 2011. We are inviting kiting professionals to come out and show us Louisiana folks what real kiting is all about. We are open for suggestions and welcome all of those who are interested in participating. We look forward to another wonderful year hopefully bringing in more talent and excitement. If you would add the dates to your calendars April 1, 2 and 3rd of 2011. If you would like more information then you can contact me by email at aprils6773@hotmail.com. You will soon be able to locate us through Facebook.

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby Mike » Thu, Jan 20 2011, 04:55 PM

Hi there Baton Rouge!
180 GO! was invited to the festival last year but we had a conflicting engagement so I recommended the Rev Riders. I spoke to the captain of the Rev Riders the other day and they are looking forward to flying there again, so it must be a fun festival.
It's a bit of a drive for most of us, but you never know.
Best of luck with the fest this year.

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Fri, Feb 18 2011, 08:22 PM

Well . . . since I can't go to KP 9, I have to surf the internet looking for stuff closer to home.

Here's the web page link for the Oswego festival:

http://www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/E ... th-Day.htm

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Sat, Feb 19 2011, 02:53 PM

More . . . from AKA this time . . . I picked out ones that seemed a reasonable driving distance from northern/central IL.

Apr 16 - Celebrate Air - Let's Fly a Kite - Monee, IL - Monee Resevoir - No times listed
AKA listing for this one: http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5474

Apr 22-23 Sauk Valley Kite Festival - Dixon, IL - no times listed
AKA event: http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5460

May 7 - Ansel Toney & Friends Memorial Kite Festival - Muncie, IN - 10a-4pm
AKA: http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5447

May 14 - Spring out to Sunset Festival - Valparaiso, IN - 10am-3pm
AKA - http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5336

June 11-12 - Michigan Kitefest - Richland, MI - 9:30 a - ?
AKA: http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5466

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Sat, Feb 19 2011, 03:14 PM

More . . . :shock: :-D

May 28th - CAT Park Fun Fly - Lafayette, IN - 11a - 4pm
http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5450

June 11 - Tippecanoe River State Park - Winamac, IN - Times TBD
http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5452

June?? - Warren Dunes Kitefest - Sawyer, MI - 9:30a - ?
This one was listed last year by http://www.back2thewind.com/warrendunes.html
Don't know if it's on for this year as their site doesn't show it, and it's not on AKA

June 25 - 5th Annual Shawano Fun Fly - Shawano, WI - 10a-4pm
http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5335

Oct 8 - Fright Flight Kite Fair - Keokuk, IA - no times listed
http://www.aka.kite.org/local/cal_dtl.php?EID=5400

Then there's a few more from http://www.hoosierkite.org/hkscalendar.html below

Sept. 10 Merritt Beck Memorial Kite Fly - Muncie, IN - 10a - 4p

Sept 10 - Fly 4 Life Fun Fly - open area near KFC 6148 Central Ave. (Central Ave. & Barley Dr.), Portage, IN. 11a - 5p

Oct. 09 One Sky One World. no info listed other than a contact name & phone number on the hoosierkite site.

OK Edit - 1 more . . .

MAr 27th - Wash DC Cherry Blossom Kite Festival
http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestiva ... -festival/ - 10a - 4 pm
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby Mike » Sun, Feb 20 2011, 07:16 PM

Be sure to search the forum or the IKElopedia before taking a long drive to a fest.
One of us may have been to the fest and can offer advice. Festivals vary greatly and depending on what you're looking for, we may be able to give you some guidance.

180GO! just came back from Color the Wind in Clear Lake Iowa. There isn't much room for public sport kite flying at that festival, so that's why I didn't post about it here.
There's a photo on the 180GO! facebook page.

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Sun, Feb 20 2011, 09:12 PM

Thanks for the tips, I'll keep them in mind. My driving limit for a single day festival is most likely in the 1-2 hour range if I have my kids along - so Milwaukee is probably about as far as we'll go in the near future.

Off to the IKElopedia . . . and forum history . . . .

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby Mike » Mon, Feb 21 2011, 10:03 AM

The Milwaukee fests are all good. Veterans park has plenty of room for individuals to fly and also has performances and big show kites.

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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby goestoeleven » Sun, Mar 20 2011, 10:19 PM

And . . . some more updates . . .

- Decatur might only be one day on April 23rd

- I'm not showing the St Charles one on 4/24 on the AKA 2011 calendar, probably because 4/24 is Easter. It's showing on the St. Charles park district site on 4/30 as an Illinois Flying 4 Kids event & they are asking for registration. Here's the link: http://regs.st-charlesparks.org/leisure ... =N&aid=180

- May 1st - Rockford, IL - 10-4 at Southwest Park at 2004 Ogilby Rd. Rockford, IL 61102.

- This one is for 2012 as the 2011 festival was cancelled - May 12-13 2012 Kites over Grinnell.

- Quad Cities is Sept 25th & 26th - the IKE Festivals page is not currently showing the dates.

Thanks!
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Re: Kite Festivals 2011 . . .

Postby RadarRider » Tue, Mar 29 2011, 05:50 PM

Will probably be hitting the Sauk Valley Fest and was just wondering if anyone else would be as well.


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