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Kite festivals

13th annual Toronto International Kite Festival

Hello all,

Great event coming up this weekend (15th and 16th) in Toronto at Miliken district park (Steeles ave east and McCowan)

Featured guests include:

Cliff Quinn, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Team Skyburner, Detroit, Michigan
Windjammers Kite Team, Detroit Michigan
Meg Albers, Buffalo, New York
Carl Bigras, Ottawa, Ontario
Terry Thillman. Pierrefonds, Québec
Yves Laforest, St-Éustache, Québec
Daniel Rémillard & Christine McGee, Brossard, Québec
Normand Girard, Montréal, Québec
Jean Poisson, Montréal, Québec
Jean Lamoureaux & Michèle Berubé, Montreal, Québec
Jacques & Francine Létourneau, Québec City, Québec
Bill Wilson, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Gary and Kerry, along with Miss Ohio, the kite flying chicken, were on Breakfast Television this morning to promote the festival…

Good Job to all those that showed up early to setup kites and put on a great face for the fesitval…

Here are some albums from past festivals…
Kite Fest 2006

Kite Fest 2005

Kite Fest 2004

Meanest Indian – Kite Flickr Photos

I stumbled upon some really wonderful photos from flickr user “Meanest Indian” today. This person has some fantastic photos of people making kites and manjah in India. Here are some examples…


Multi-Firki – Kites & kites string at Manek Chowk. You maybe counting down to Xmas but here in Ahmedabad the next big event is Uttrian – the Kite Festival on January 14th. Can’t wait… always lots of fun!


Spinning Rainbows – Winding dyed string for kite flying near Gandhi bridge.


Palm Patina – The hand of a man who is coating kite-string with coloured paste embedded with glass. On the roadside near Dilli Diwarja. Have been stopping by these guys the last few days – really dedicated workers and highly productive.

You can see all of “meanest Indian’s” Uttarayan Kite Festival
related photos here.

Cheers,
Bill

Kite And Kayak Festival 2007

Hello all,

The 2nd Annual Kite And Kayak festival has a new website. Tons of pictures from last years fesitval and information on the upcoming festival for 2007. A lot of the photos were shot by Linda Lücker. lot’s of pics of the lobster, Scott and I holding on for dear life, some great aerial shots by Yvon Hache, check it out…

Looks like the dates have been set for July 20-22, 2007. Just enough breather room between K&K and the Dieppe International :) Check out the site at www.kiteandkayak.ca and don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list to get information as soon as it’s available.

Cheers,
Bill

The ChronicleHerald.ca – too much of a good wind grounds entries at kite fest

Here is a sample of how our first Maritime Kite and Kayak festival went on day 1….

I’ll have more later with lot’s of pics in the gallery and on flickr.. :)

–Bill

Jack Marshall, 4, of Pictou giggles Saturday afternoon, unaware of the gigantic lobster floating in the air behind him. (Mary Ellen MacIntyre)

The ChronicleHerald.ca for the complete story

Turns out beach volleyball and lighting charcoal weren’t the only Canada Day activities hampered by high winds.

Day 1 of the first Maritime Kite and Kayak Festival at Pictou Lodge was less spectacular than organizers hoped, with strong wind keeping most of the large kites on the ground.

“When you have too much wind, you have turbulence and turbulence means danger for kites,” said Bernie Houle of Dieppe, N.B. “Because you’re getting no tension on the line and all of a sudden lots of tension, and very often the line will pop.”

Indoor workshops for kids to learn to build their own kites were busy and kayakers persevered, making use of both the lodge’s small lake and the Northumberland Strait.

Unfortunately, erratic gusts of wind sent a huge lobster-shaped kite into the salt water, too.

“That lobster kite retails for about $1,400,” said Bill Wilson of Halifax Area Recreational Kiters. “When we get gusts of 50 or 60 kilometres an hour the spars, which are carbon fibre graphite spars, bend in half and they get to the point where they just snap.”

Alain Bosse of Pictou Lodge got the idea for a kite festival after taking up the hobby three years ago, attracted by the fact that it didn’t require huge amounts of skill or time to enjoy.

“We fly kites at the lodge pretty well every day, as entertainment for the kids,” he said. “I’ve got kites 19 feet wide, I’ve got power sleds, the big bear, big lobsters — I’ve got about 30 kites in my collection. There’s one guy here this weekend that has 100 kites with him.

“A power sled is a kite . . . that’s like a big air balloon, and it just lifts off and it has a huge amount of pull. I’ve got a 22-foot power sled and it will pull about 1,000 pounds. It gives you the power to hold other things on your main line.”

Bosse said local fishermen sometimes scoff at him when he calls kite flying a sport, but he begs to differ.

“It pulls just as much as a salmon would, as much as a tuna would,” he said. “Once you’ve got one of those big kites up in the air. . . . Anybody under 100 pounds can’t fly them — they’ll just lift right off the ground.”

The rainy weather so far this summer means this weekend is the first time members of various kite flying clubs around the region have gathered.

Several flyers bought spools of 675-kilogram test cord, which looks just like parachute cord, to get ready for today, and winds were forecast to die down Saturday night.

( bspurr@herald.ca)

3rd Annual Halifax Citadel Fun Fly

Join us for single, dual and quad lined kites; inflatable creatures; giant kites; traction demonstrations and so much more!

Halifax Area Recreational Kiters (HARK) will be hosting their 3rd Annual Fun Fly at Citadel Hill in Halifax, NS on Saturday June 3, 2006. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, kites and a picnic and enjoy Halifax’s premier kite event of the season!

The Dieppe, NB Skylines Kite Club and kiters from around the Maritimes have been invited to fill the sky with color! Gary Mark of the Toronto Kite Fliers is scheduled to make a guest appearance with his giant kites and this year’s ground display of wind-filled creatures is sure to be a hit with children and adults alike!

Members of Atlantic Winds Adventure will be on site giving power kiting demonstrations throughout the day for those who enjoy the added thrill of traction kiting.

Come join the fun!

There’s something for everyone!

This event is free to all who wear a smile!

For pictures of previous events at Citadel Hill visit: http://www.steadywinds.com/gal/festivals

For more information contact Bill Wilson, bwilson@steadywinds.com

Kite flying : day of the dead

In parts of South America and Mexico November 1st is celebrated as the Day of the Dead. This festival celebrates death by honoring the dead with flowers, food, and kites as well as celebrating life and vitality through children. The celebration originally took place at the beginning of the summer but with the arrival of Spanish Christian priests during the Spanish Conquest the holiday was moved to the fall and is now celebrated during the first two days of November.

In Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala they have a huge kite festival. This festival is part of the tradition of “Dia de los Muertos” and symbolizes the connection people still have with their past relatives and ancestors. Some say that it also helps the soul ascend to the after life. People fly their beautiful graceful kites from graveyards that have been decorated with flowers, food and other items. The kites used in the celebration are circular and are made from bamboo, colorful paper, string, and wire. These are not small kites; some of the biggest kites are up-wards of 30 feet across! Groups of men get together many weeks before the festival to start preparing their wonderful tethered creations. Continue reading

NIKF Update – The Homan Walsh Challenge

Bob White of the Niagara Windriders sent this excellent report on the 2005 Homan Walsh challenge . Thanks Bob!

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Homan Walsh Challenge – Attempting a Kite Crossing
of the Niagara Gorge at the Niagara International
Kite Festival – Friday, October 7, 2005

Anyone who has visited Niagara Falls can attest to the majesty, grandeur and sheer awe that is inspired by the Niagara River’s gorge and the water that plunges over the cataract in two main falls: the Horseshoe and the American Falls. On average, every second 2,800 cubic metres (100,000 cubic feet) of water drops over the 176 foot precipice. It is a truly awesome display of the force of water and gravity as the outflow from Lake Erie rushes toward Lake Ontario, dropping an astounding total of 99 meters (326 feet).

Niagara River’s gorge is a total of 24 km (15 miles) long. Over the past 10,000+ years the force of this water has moved the falls upstream and created a deep river canyon. The river rushes with dangerous currents, eddies and whirlpools so fierce that bridging the mighty river was a task that slowed development of the Niagara Region until 1850. Charles Ellet Jr., an American engineer, constructed a suspension bridge to span the gorge and link the two cities of Niagara Falls Ontario and New York for commerce.

The story of young Homan Walsh, an American lad, who flew a kite across the gorge in 1848 is well researched and documented in an historical article by good friends Meg and Bill Albers of Buffalo, NY. Continue reading

Niagara International Kite Festival Oct 7th-9th

Tomorrow the Niagara International Kite Festival kicks off with the Homan Walsh 1848 kite contest re-enactment at 10:00 AM. Kite teams from around the world will attempt to fly a kite over the Niagara gorge from Canada to the United States as Homan Walsh did in 1848. Homan Walsh was a 10 (or 15 depending on the source) year old boy who entered a contest put on by Charles Ellet Jr, the engineer charged with building a bridge across the Niagara gorge. The kite contest took a number of days and many people entered the 10 dollar top prize contest. After his second attempt in 8 days Homan Walsh successfully flew his kite across the gorge. The kite line was used to pull continuously heavier pieces of rope across the gorge until finally a steel cable spanned the gorge. There is a fantastic write up on the Niagara Kite Festival website with many more details and photos.

The festival runs from October 7th-9th 2005 and will include fliers from the U.S.A, Canada, England, Germany, Israel, Japan, and New Zealand. The festival takes place at Art Park in Lewiston, NY on Saturday and Sunday and the Homan Walsh re-enactment will be between Rainbow bridge and the brink of the falls on Friday. Looking at the lineup of featured fliers this will be an amazing festival. Expect to see some very large kites as Peter Lynn, the builder of the worlds largest kite, will be on hand. Demonstrations of Kite Aerial Photography, Sport kites, Traction Kiting and more will be held on the demo fields through out the weekend.

For those of us that can’t make it we might be able to see some of the Homan Walsh re-enactment on the Maid Of The Mist web cam. This is a pretty good feed but does require you have real-player installed on your machine. (Thanks Carlos Simoes for the link)

Fort Amherst Canada Day Kite Festival




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Originally uploaded by ferlu.

Scott Ferguson is an excellent friend of mine from Halifax (who now resides in PEI). Scott built a 6 foot Rokkaku depicting a Rock Climber this past winter. I can’t beleive that this is Scott’s first kite! It came out great and looks great pasted to the sky.

Here is a photo of Scott’s kite flying at the Canada Day Kite Festival in Fort Amherst PEI. Check out Scott’s Flickr stream to see more :)

–Bill