It’s that time of year, that the winds begin to pick up, and the fall flying season starts. While we are missing the 24th annual kite fly at Callaway, Nebraska, there are many other fly’s coming up that we will be a part of. There is always some place we can fly, always some place to relax, and always someone who enjoys the show. Last weekend at Youngman Park, the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation (Twitter: @ )were more than accommodating to let us fly for the finale celebration of the Lewis and Clark Kites display that was all over the metro for the last 3 months. It was a great chance to get to fly for the city of Omaha, and we are genuinely hoping the city continues to grow this past just a one off celebration. It was amazing to see everyone that came out for this, whether it was for fishing, yoga, rock climbing, or Kites, I believe the entire public had a great time. Keeping this moving forward would be great. While it is fun to travel to many other places to fly, there is something to that saying, “There’s no place like home” and being able to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day really adds to the attractiveness of this.
While most of you have no idea what I am talking about, I had decided a year or so ago to sell my large Premiere Mega Fish to a friend. Little did I know I was selling my wife’s favorite kite. When I learned that, I decided that since this is a 50/50 thing, I needed to get another one. Well last Friday, I took delivery of a new Purple Mega Fish, soon to make it’s debut this summer at a park near you, that is, if you live in Omaha! This fish is as big as a greyhound bus. We have compared it to an actual bus at one of our other events. It seems to be a favorite of attendees to many of the festivals we go to.
In 1997, I could have never thought that a hobby such as kite flying would ever lead into such travel opportunities that have been afforded me over the last 5 years. With the last two festivals I have attended being on opposite ends of the earth, but both were special just the same. Getting the opportunity to travel to Gubbio, Italy, and participate in their annual spring fly was special, while Gubbio is a very small town in north Umbria, the history is absolutely incredible. The kite club has an admirable membership. With many members and their wives participating, the Kite club had quarters not only served as a kite storage and making facility, but also a place that had a full kitchen complete with all the facilities to make fresh pasta. This club is not only a flying club, it definitely is also a social club.
While the fly was semi rained out, it did not stop us from still flying, if I came a half a world away to fly a kite, by god I was going to. On two days filled with 50 degree temps, fog, and rain we still managed to fly what we all brought. There were other guests from Germany, and France that also attended the festival. Each day were never fully rained out, as each day there was enough clear skies to dry everything out, and get it packed up before the rains came again.
Making friends in Gubbio was special, and something that I will carry with me the rest of my life. I will return to Gubbio, and I will also meet these friends at other festivals in Europe when my schedule allows.
The Kite club’s website is: http://www.eologubbio.com/index.php
I just posted a few pictures from the Fete du Vent 2012 International Kite Festival, in Marseilles, France, on the pictures page (The link is at the top of the page). The event was great 3 days of wind, Sun, beach and new friends. Meeting new kiters from France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany. I will be posting more pictures soon.
I have just linked the pictures for the Grand Haven Kite Festival to the Pictures page. This will be updated regularly with pictures from the different festivals we attend and Fly. Seeing my friend, John Baressi from Kitelife there was great.
Al Sparling was also there, and some of the pictures below were taken by Al. Visit his site to see some amazing Show kites that are both fun to watch and amazing to think that people can create such large structures.
This Weekend is the Annual Wings On Strings Kite festival in Jamestown, North Dakota. Mike and Chris always do such a great job with the festival!
Find more information here on the Jamestown, ND Fly:
I will have pictures from this soon!