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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on May 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Filed under: family friendly activities, featuredarticle, outdoor recreation

Kite Festival Lets You Unwind in the Wind

Manta ray kiteWhere can you see a 100 foot octopus chase a rainbow-colored manta ray across the sky? It’s not a new James Cameron movie, but it does take place in 3D this coming weekend, when the American Kitefliers Association (a.k.a. the AKA) puts on a fun-filled kite extravaganza at the Coffee Creek Resort, in Santo, Texas.

The skies will be full of color from 10am – 5pm both days, and a DJ will fill the air with music. Refreshments are available throughout the event, including a $5 pancake breakfast on Saturday morning from 8am-10am. Little ones will enjoy the bounce house and candy drops (special kites laden with sweets.) The event features all sorts of kites, from the traditional-looking to the highly imaginative. Keep your eye out for flying guitars, geckos, sharks and more.

100 foot octopus kite“Gayle Force – Go Big or Go Home,” is a team of people with big kites, and I do mean big. They are the ones with the aforementioned octopus. As Stephanie Gaines of  Family Fun Kites puts it, “These kites are so big, they look like they should be in the Macy Parade.”

Not surprisingly, AKA members are fans of  wind power, although they take the concept quite literally by zipping around in kite-drawn buggies. There are sport kite enthusiasts, too, who do stunts by controlling a stack of 3 or more kites.

The AKA plays kites games, such as a 50 yard dash, and the public is free to join in. There’s no reason to fret if you do not yet own a kite, plenty will be for sale. Family Fun Kites even offers awards for highest flyer, smallest kite, longest tail, and more.

According to Stephanie Gaines, spectators frequently become participants. At a recent event she taught a 75-year-old woman how to fly sport kites. Afterwards, Gaines reports, “She got out on the demo field on the second day of the festival and did her first public performance.”Puffer fish kites

There is a small fee for attending: $4 each per day, or $20 for a carload per day, whatever works out best for your crew. The festival is free for those staying at Coffee Creek Resort. As of this writing, the forecast looks perfect for kiting, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to unwind in the wind.

What: 2010 Coffee Creek Kite Festival
When: May 29th-30th, 2010 from 10am – 5pm. Kite games begin each day at noon. Saturday’s $5 pancake breakfast runs from 8am-10am.
Where: Coffee Creek Resort (map)
Price: Free for Coffee Creek Resort guests, otherwise it’s $4 each per day, or $20 for a carload.
More information: Coffee Creek Resort official website.

Photo credits: Courtesy of Family Fun Kites

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    Coffee Creek RV Park
    13429 U.S. 281, Santo, TX
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