From an email received from Steve Rothwell (Blue Brothers pairs team member and AKA region five director):
St Johns is going to have their "Go Fly a Kite Day" again this year on Sunday 5/5/2013. St Johns is just north of Lansing, MI. The event is held at Uncle John's Cider Mill. In some of their advertising for this year, they have specifically mentioned Thor's Hammer, The Bubble Man, and fighter kites. I'm hoping everyone that was there last year can make it again this year. We have additional commitments so far from the Windjammers & Fire and Ice.
They have also mentioned / asked for fighter kites again this year. I really enjoyed the fighter kite history lesson and commentary from Terry McPherson last year both before and during the kite battles. I hope Terry can make it again and any other fighter kiters, John Hall, Bob Hegman. I want to have a ROK battle again this year. I've been told ROK battles tend to bore the public because they take so long. So last year Spencer and I had a ROK battle on 50# line. It was over in a few seconds, so we went a second round and that was over almost as fast. I'd like to repeat this if we can, with as many ROKs as we can, but keep the line light enough so the crowd doesn't get bored.
I also remember seeing Dave and Bud Gibson quietly flying pairs last year. You guys looked really good!! The only father and son team I've ever seen live!! Any chance of doing it again with music this year?
If you know you are coming, I'd appreciate an RSVP. If you want to show up at the last minute, you are welcome. Last year they provided water, lunch, and mint candies for the flyers. This event is a fund raiser for a kids splash park in St. Johns. To the best of my knowledge no one is making a profit from this event.
Contact Steve if you need more info.