Friday, February 11, 2011

Getting High With The Whole Family!

South Padre Island held its annual Kite Festival this weekend! From Texas Monthly, "The 11th annual South Padre Island Kite Fest has a fleet of “show kites” — mammoth versions costing upward of $10,000 that resemble floats at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“Some of them are as big as semis,” said Susie Doan, co-owner of B&S Kites, a retail shop that brings in kite-fliers from throughout the United States and Canada to perform flights of fancy for the weekend. “This is more of a come-and-be-in-awe thing and less of a fly-your-own-kite thing.”

The beach and ocean backdrop will provide unparalleled scenery, and a lawn chair will come in handy when Team iQuad, a nine-member group navigating quad-line kites (kites with multiple strings), performs synchronized routines that can cause stomachs to drop."

If fancy-pants ain't your style, try your homemade version out at Austin's Zilker Park Kite Festival next month on March 6. While all types of kites are welcome at the Kite Festival, manufactured kites can’t compete in the Kite Flying Contest, so go on get your crafty-DIY on, y'all! There are even free kite making workshops sponsored by The Exchange Club of Austin and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department to help you get started.

Up, up, and away!

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