Annual kite festival soars back into Citizens Park

  • Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 11:57 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, April 7, 2014 9:20 p.m.
 Andy Colon-LaBorde flies his kite at the festival.
FILE PHOTO Andy Colon-LaBorde flies his kite at the festival.

There will be high-flying activities once again at the 7th Annual Aiken Kite Festival on Saturday, April 26.

Hosted by the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to watch a variety of kite flying demonstrations throughout the day by the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts and to fly their own kites.

The Kite Festival will be located at Citizens Park field number 3, which is located at 1060 Banks Mill Road. Entry is free.

Spectators are welcome to bring their own kites, blankets and lawn chairs. Kites will also be available for purchase.

Inflatables, a rock climbing wall and a trackless train will be at the publicís disposal. Individuals must wear a wristband to participate in either attraction. Unlimited inflatable wristbands are $10 each, or $1 per ticket.

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare will have a booth set up for pet adoptions, and the Palmetto Kiwanis Club will offer free temporary tattoos for children. Those interested can sign up to participate in a 50 Yard Kite Dash, sponsored by Access Chiropractic, held at various times throughout the event.

Live entertainment will be provided by the Southland Express Cloggers, Twin Dragons Martial Arts and the Fort Gordon Signal Corps rock band.

Sponsors include the Lobster Races, Access Chiropractic & Wellness and partners the Palmetto Kiwanis Club, the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiast, SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare and WBBQ.

For more information, call 803-642-7634.

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard.

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