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Event News & Updates

Sep 8, 2010

GO FLY A KITE AT BALLOON FIESTA!


Earth, Wind and Flyers Kite Flying Contest For Kids of All Ages Friday, October 8, 2010 Contact:  Kathie Leyendecker, Media Relations 505-228-9874

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate Kite Flying Fun on Friday, October 8th at Balloon Fiesta Park for an inaugural kite-flying competition.  The kite flying contest will be a wonderful introduction for new kite flyers and an opportunity for skilled ones to show off their kites against the beautiful backdrop of the Sandia mountains.  Balloon Fiesta’s world famous launch directors better known as the “Zebras” will officially start the day’s competition, and local Boy Scout troops will officiate.

A kite, a sky, and a good firm breeze,

And acres of ground away from the trees,

With miles and miles of space to run,

Flying kites at Balloon Fiesta is lots of fun!

All interested kite flyers must meet in front of the Main Stage on the East side of the Launch Field on Friday, October 8th at 12:00 noon to register in person to participate in the kite flying competition. Flight competition is from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, and the awards presentation, hosted by KOB TV’s Steve Stucker, is scheduled at 2:00 pm.

 

COMPETITON CATEGORIES – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Kids Category Big Kids Category

9-11 year olds                        12-15 year olds

8 years and under                 15 years and over

COMPETITION RULES:

  1. All kite flyers register on the field the day of the event to participate.
  2. Kites may be handmade or purchased.
  3. No kite may exceed 5 pounds.
  4. All kites must be flown at an altitude of less than 500 feet.
  5. Contestants may enter and fly only one kite in the competition.

A KITE IS A TETHERED HEAVIER-THAN-AIR CRAFT THAT DEPENDS ONLY ON WIND FOR LIFT.

If weather conditions and wind conditions aren’t safe for flying, the judges may implement the “no flying conditions” rule, and all participants will receive a certificate of participation.