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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let's go fly a kite!

Wow, what a sight to see. So many kites! There were BIG ones and little ones of all shapes and sizes and so very colorful. There was plenty of sunshine and lots of wind; Like, LOTS of it. But it was sunny and we had windbreakers so it was quite pleasant. The SPI Kite Fest 2016 was a 3-day event with LOTS and LOTS of people. Oh say, 12,000 or so of my newest best friends...yeah, I wasn't so thrilled about the crowd but such is life. We only went on Saturday and I think that proved to be the biggest attendance day. People were everywhere. We took our chairs and had a good view from the start but as the day progressed we kept moving up and moving up and ended right in the front row. That was neat, got a great view of the flyers. Did I mention this was a FREE event. That of course made it even better in my book, who doesn't like FREE!
Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite

Do you remember the song from Mary Poppins? Well, I do and this song kept wanting to burst from my mouth while we were at this kite fest! LOL
The demos were amazing, such talent and precision, with a kite, who knew? They flew kites to music and made them dance and bow. Honestly, it was as if the kites had their own little personalities! It was quite fascinating to watch the kites in the air and if you could tear your eyes away and watch the flyers they were really incredible to see as well. It was quite a show no matter where your eyes were.

I personally enjoyed the little kites with tails, it was like watching the gymnast who uses ribbons, beautiful and so artistic with the most amazing bright blue sky as the backdrop; it was just plain fun to watch. And the flyers were from ALL over...Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, Oregon, Florida and of course, all parts of Texas!

 Loved these!

The hobby flyers who had display kites were neat, too. Ducks, penguins, clown fish, parrots, octopus, gecko, dolphins, lobster, beta fish and the list goes on and on. These were just fun to see and watch as they bobbed around the sky. Besides the animal shaped kites there were all sorts of other shapes and sizes flying about the sky. Due to the winds, which were upwards of 25 MPH in the afternoon some were unintentionally grounded, got inadvertently tangled with others and some had to be put away as the wind was just too much for them to fly safely.

Soon we will start heading north. Praying for the best in weather. Reality is we are most likely gonna need to winterize.


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