DeKalb’s 8th Annual Kite Fest is Sept. 14 at the “North 40,” at the corner of Lucinda Avenue and Kishwaukee Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kites, food and ice cream treats will be available.
Many featured kites defy description, including “fighting kites” and a “head-turning display of three, 90-foot-long octopus kites called octopile. Other kites will include: stunt and dancing kites, Mimi the Pink Ladybug, Teddy Bear, owl, manta ray and cat kites.
DeKalb Kite Fest 2014 offers plenty of space for participants to fly their own kites. Bring a kite, make a kite or buy a kite from ChicagoKite/Kite Harbor Kite Shop, which will be on-site.
Spectators are invited to bring a chair to sit back and enjoy watching the sky fill with color. Food and water will be available for purchase. Also, WLBK will conduct a live broadcast from the kite field.
“With so much to do and so many ways to participate, we hope folks will take time to enjoy all that we have in store,” said Jim and Chris Overmann, organizers of the event.
David Gomberg, of the American Kite Association, encourages participating in this fun event. “If you haven’t seen what modern kiting is all about, you really need to get out to a festival like DeKalb’s and check out the shapes, the colors, and the amazing things people are doing in the sky,” he said.
The kite acts are provided by Kite Harbor from Chicago. They continue to delight the crowds with beautiful kites and flying skill. Community volunteers are needed to work 2 hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To volunteer, call 815-756-1336. For more details on Kite Fest, visit dekalbcountycvb.com or DeKalbKiteFest on Facebook.