AKA Region 8 Kite Events Calendar 2009
(AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

Welcome to the 2009 AKA Region 8 Kite events calendar! If you see any mistakes on this calendar, or if you know of other events that need to be added to this calendar, please e-mail the webmaster at: TKOGunn@webtv.net.

Always contact the kite event coordinators before traveling to any event, because event dates can change, or events can be canceled on short notice for various reasons.

Check back here often, because events are constantly being added, dates change, locatons change, or events get canceled.


Sport Kite Competition = (SKC)

Single Line Competition = (SLC)

Fun Festival (Fun flying for all) = (FF)

Kite Making = (KM)

Demonstrations = (DM)


Jan. 17-18-- 3rd Great Texas Kite Club Party/Fly

Rockport, TX (Rockport Beach Park)

C: Dano & Nancy



Host Hotel:
Villge Inn
503 North Austin
Phone: 800-338-7539

Jan 31 & Feb. 1--9th SPI Kite Festival (FF/DM)

South Padre Island, TX (on the flats by the convention center)

C: Bill & Susie Doan (956)761-1248



Special guest fliers:

John Barresi of Portland, OR

David Hathaway of Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Activities include: Fun flying for anyone, sport kite demos, music, food vendors, raffles, silent auction, Banquet & live kite auction, Music.


Feb. 21 - N.W. Recreation Center kite workshop 27th Annual


C: Richard Robertson 512-453-7174



Mar. 1--81st Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival


Austin,TX (2100 Barton Springs Rd.)
(Rain date Mar 8th)

C: Dorsey & Bunnie Twidwell



Mar. 7--8th Annual Cane Hill Kite Festival


Cane Hill, AR (Springfield Ranch pasture...14306 S Hwy 45)
(Rain date Mar 14th)

C: T.A. Sampson

Tele: 479-824-8109

Mar. 14--Stonewall Kite Day


Stonewall, TX
(Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site)

Tele: 830-644-2252

Children of all ages are invited to make old-fashioned, 1900s kites. Begins at 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 14--3rd Annual Arlington Kite Festival


Arlington, Texas (River Legacy Park at 701 NE Green Oaks Blvd , 76006)

C. Jennifer Lecroy (Arlington Parks & Rec.)


Activities: Sport Kite Competition, fun flying, Kid's kite building, fun single line competition (biggest, smallest. longest tail, etc..., Demos, food, entertainment.

Mar. 15--Devine Lake Park Kite Fest (3rd annual)


Leander, TX
(Devine Lake Park is located in the Northcreek neighborhood in Leander, near the intersection of 2243 and Bagdad, which is about 2 miles west of 2243 and 183)

C: Christian Moore



Here's a Google map showing the general area: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&ie=UTF8&ll=30.580366,-97.880545&spn=0.027267,0.029697&t=h&z=15

Mar. 21--3rd Annual Festival of Tails


San Antonio, TX (McAllister Park)

C: Gary Powell




Mar. 21--Spiro Mounds Kite Flite Day (22nd Annual)


Spiro, OK
(Spiro Mounds Archaeological center, located 3 miles east of Spiro, OK, on Hwy 9/271 & 4 miles north on Lock and Dam Rd.)

C: Dennis Peterson


Activities: Kites of all types, hundreds of participants, Arts & Crafts, food vendors. Donated kites given away hourly by drawing, free guided tour of prehistoric native american archaeological site.

Mar. 28-- 19th Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival


Eureka Springs, AR
(at Turpentine Creek wildlife Preserve - 7 miles south of Eureka Springs on highway 23)

C: Steve & Linda Rogers

work: 888-836-6251

Event Rescheduled due to cold winter weather....New date is April 25th)

Mar. 28--Rowlett Exchange Club KiteFest


Rowlett, TX
(Elgin Robertson Park) (I-30 & Dalrock Rd. on Lake Ray Hubbard)

C: Steve McDaniel



Special guest fliers:
DAKO (Dallas Area Kiteflyers Organization) & JOTS (Jewels of the Sky)

Activities include:
Fun flying for anyone, sport kite demos, music, food vendors, Candy Drops for the kids and raffles with kites donated by Familyfunkites.com. This event is benefitting the Dallas CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Center.


Apr.3-5--Cloud Buster Kite Festival(4TH Annual)


Perrin, TX
(at Mitchell Resort and RV Park...2730 FM 2210 E. Perrin, TX 76486...Turn East at the red blinking light on 281)

C: Doris Reed & Kevin McGrath



Event Info:
Fun for all ages! Fun flying, sport kite Demonstrations, Food Vendors, Live Music, Kids Kite Building.

Apr. 3-5--Kite Fest Louisiane (4th annual)


Port Allen, LA

C: Gayle Woodul

830-598-2414 drgayle@zeecon.com


Apr. 4--Mary Herron Memorial Kite Fest (4th annual)


Idabel, OK
(Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center, 812 E Lincoln Rd....Field is two blocks east of the center.)

C: Paulette LaGasse

580-286-3616 motrr@hotmail.com


Activities: Kite Art Exhibit, Fun Fly, Kids Fly Kids Kitemaking Work Shops, demos, etc...

Description: A Museum of the Red River Family FUNatics activity day for families through out the ARKLATEX with kite building, demononstrations, and fly in.

Directions: From I-30 take U.S. 259 north to intersection with U.S. 70 (first traffic light in Idabel) turn right on 70 bypass 1/4 mile . Just across the railroad track on the right.

Apr. 4--Siloam Springs Kite Day (7th Annual)


Siloam Springs, AR (Siloam Springs Airport...Hwy 59 North)

C: Libby Wand

479-524-5779 Lwand@siloamsprings.com

Apr. 4--Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Fly (5th Annual)


Glenwood, NM (located 70 miles north of Silver City, NM...between Glenwood & Alma, on Hwy 180, turn east onto route 159 Bursam Rd. Whitewater Mesa LAbyrinths mile marker 3 Bursum Road, second house on left)

C: Cordelia Rose

575-539-2868 cordelia@starband.net

Come to Glenwood and fly a kite! Join us for the fifth Annual Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic, Tailgate too! Free raffle drawing for a kite every hour. Plenty of space!

Apr. 4--Seeding A Healthy Community - A Festival For Healthy Living


Allen, TX
(at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm on the southwest corner of 75 Central and Bethany Drive)

C: Scott White

972-490-0903 scottwhite@bizcompr.com

Special Note to kite flyers:
Come to our festival and fly your kites, all are welcome. We have two large open areas that would be great for kite flying!

Apr. 11--Kites Over Waxahachie


Waxahachie, TX
(at: 10 acre field across the sreet from the Brown Street Assisted Living Center... 1329 Brown St.....Waxahachie, Tx. 75165)

C: C: Gloria Harmon

972-938-3954 kitemobile2@sbcglobal.net

Event Info:
Designated areas for seasoned dedicated visiting kite fliers and public kite fliers. Lots of Paved Parking at Lumpkins Stadium Parking Lot. FREE event to all, percentage of kite sales to benefit local charity. Located in the heart of Waxahachie but approx 10 acres for visiting kiters and over 10 acres for public flying across from Living center on Brown Street.
Come one, come ALL!

Apr. 18-19--36th Annual Portland WindFest


Portland, TX

C: Portland Chamber of Commerce

877-643-2475 chamber@portlandtx.org

Apr. 18-19--Highland Bayou Park Kite Festival


La Marque, TX
(Highland Bayou Park - Exit 10 off of I45 follow the service rd going south. Park entrance will be on right after Oasis RV Park)

C: Kathy Nixie

409-762-0990 knixie@aol.com

Free kite workshop for 50 kids each day, Fun flying for everyone, demos, etc...

April 18--Live Green in Plano Kite Demos/Fly


Plano, TX
(at 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway, 75074)

C: Melissa Baird

972-769-4132 http://livegreeninplano.com

Info: Fun flying, kite making, Demos. The kite field is in front of the Plano Center.

April 18--6th Annual Cannon AFB Kite Karnival


Clovis, NM
(at Doc Stewart Park on the corner of 60/84 and 311 Ranchvale Road)

C: Paul Hopkins

575-784-6381 everett.hopkins@cannon.af.mil

Apr.24-26--3rd Annual Ruidoso Kite Fest


Ruidoso, NM

C: Bruce and Beth DeFoor

Home: 575-258-1546 Cell: 575-973-1004


Apr. 25--Rowlett Exchange Club KiteFest


Rowlett, TX
(Elgin Robertson Park) (I-30 & Dalrock Rd. on Lake Ray Hubbard)

C: Steve McDaniel



Special guest fliers:
DAKO (Dallas Area Kiteflyers Organization) & JOTS (Jewels of the Sky)

This event was originally scheduled for March 28, but was cancelled and rescheduled for this date, due to winter weather problems.

Activities include:
Fun flying for anyone, sport kite demos, music, food vendors, Candy Drops for the kids and raffles with kites donated by Familyfunkites.com. This event is benefitting the Dallas CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Center.

Apr. 25--Kite Flight and Family Fun Day


Western Hills Guest Ranch & Sequoyah State Park
Hulbert, OK 74441

C: Todd Bennett


Activities: Kite building and decorating classes (kites provided.) Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated and most creative kite in two age groups. Rusty the Rodeo Clown will hand out balloons and paint faces.

Overnight Lodge rooms & camp sites available.

Apr. 25 - Harlingen Kite Festival


Harlingen, TX (Harlingen Sports Complex Park)

C: Esmeralda Martinez




May 2--Sertoma Club Heart of Texas Kite Festival


Waco, TX
(Heart of Texas RC Aircraft field)

C: John Westmoreland



Event Info:
Kite Demos, fun flying, RC airplane demos, vendors, etc...

From Hwy 35, go west on Hwy 6 at Lake Waco/Speegele Park exit. Turn left on frontage Rd and proceed past the park entrance. Continue west on service Rd until you see the marina sign. Turn right on overflow Rd. drive about 1 mile until you see the tent and flying field on the right.

AKA Sanctioned Sport Kite Competition

May 2-3--Great North Texas Kite Festival


Cedar Hill, TX (Location: Valley Ridge Park, 2858 Park Ridge Drive 75104)

C: Gloria Harmon (Rainbows 4 Sail)


Even though this event is listed as a AKA Sanctioned sport kite competition, kite flyers of all interest are welcome to come fly their kites, as there is plenty of room for kites of all types to come fly and have fun! Everyone is welcome!

May 2-3--White Rock Lake Festival


Dallas, TX
(on Boy Scout Hill)

C: Donna Smithson



Event Info:
This is not a regular kite festival, but we would like kite flyers to come and fly.

Other Activities include: crafts, music, face painting, pony rides, pet adoptions, wine tasting, petting zoo, & more!.

May 2-3-- 8th Annual New Mexico Wind Festival


Edgewood, NM (Wildlife West Nature Park)

C: Roger Holden




May 9-10--Tulsa Wind Riders 15th Annual Festival of Kites


Tulsa, OK (43rd & Garnett.)

C: Catherine Gabrel



May 16-18--17th Los Alamos Arts Council Kite Festival


Los Alamos, NM (Spirio Soccer Fields at Overlook Park, Whiterock)

C: Marlane Hamilton

(505) 663-0477

Activities: Fun flying, kids kite making, kite candy drops, kite demos, food, entertainment, Frday night concert, lighted night fly, free event T-shirts at kids kite workshop for kids.

May 16--Kite Kraze at West Temple Park


Temple, TX
(West Temple Park...121 South Montpark Rd... Temple, TX 76501)

C: Deitre Burns

254-298-5401 dburns@ci.temple.tx.us

Website: http://www.ci.temple.tx.us/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=2448

kite making workshop for kids, Fun flying for everyone, sport kite demos, Large Show Kites, Fun single line contest, kite vendors, food vendors, etc... and much more!

May 22-25--Junction Kitemakers Retreat

Junction, TX
(Texas Tech Extension Campus...2 Miles south of I-10 & Hwy 83)

C: Judy Kingery




- Instructor proposals accepted through March 20, 2009.
- $235 registration fee for participants.
- The registration fee will be waived for instructors.

May 23--Kite Day at the Preserve


Mineola Nature Preserve...1860 County Road 2724 Mineola, TX 75773)

C: J.S. Heppner

903-569-8228 membership@mnpfriends.org

May 23--Jackson Hole Texas Kite Contest


(458 Smith Rd. 76064)

C: Gloria harmon




AKA Sanctioned Sport Kite Competition, Central Conference!

June 5-7--Twisted Lines Kite Festival


Topeka, KS
(at 21st & Urish by the fire station)

C: Bob Homan


C: John Marr



Event Info:
AKA Sanctioned Sport Kite Competitions, Kite Demos, fun flying, buggy demos, fighter kite demos, night fly on Friday, Indoor fly on Saturday night and a lud kite auction to raise proceeds for the american diabetes Foundation.

19-21--DFW Summer Balloon Classic & Kite Demos


Waxahachie TX
(at Midway Regional Airport 75165)

C: Gloria Harmon (Rainbows 4 Sail)



Event Info:
Kite flyers are welcome to come attend and fly kites at this event. Kites must stay under 100 ft height because this event is at an airport.

June 27-28--16th Annual Libertyfest Kite Fest


Edmond, OK (N.W. Covell between Kelly & Santa Fe)

C: Terry Officer



Event Website:


August & September

Sep. 10--Kites Over Enid World Record Attempt

Enid, OK

C: Cat Gabrel cgabrel@gmail.com


At 1:00pm Thursday September 10th, Enid Habitat for Humanity and the community of Enid are getting together to try to break the Official Guinness Book World Record for Most kites Flown, by flying 1,000 or more kites in the sky at the same time. Just in case the weather/wind doesn't cooperate Sep 10th, there are 2 additional weather delay record attempt dates scheduled for this event: Sept 14th and Sep 19th. The reason for scheduling this event/record attempt on a weekday, is so that enough school children from the area schools can be bused in to fly kites and make the record attempt possible. Dedicated kite flyers are welcome to come fly and add to the actual number of kites flown. There should be a lot of media present during this event.


Sep. 12--Sister Cities 10th Annual Kite Fest (FF/DM/KM)

Shawnee, OK
(St. Gregory's University)

C: Cheryl Cowden


Included on the festivities will be a Japanese kite exhibit.

Sep. 12--Ecofest 2009 & Kite Fly (FF/DM/KM)

Conway, AR

C: Mary Usery m_usery@tcworks.net


Mary Usery of "Ecofest 2009" is asking kiters to come fly Sept 12, 2009 in Conway Arkansas. They are looking at offering kite making for children as one of many activites scheduled for the day and asking kite flyers to come and fly.


Oct. 5-10--32nd American Kitefliers Association Grand Nationals & Convention.

Rochester, MN

C: Maggie Vohs 1-541-994-4252



Oct. 10--Tulsa Air and Space Museum Kite Fest (FF/DM/KM)

Tulsa, OK
(43rd and Garnett East 43rd and South Garnett Road)

C: Larry Stiles 918-630-9334 fax 918-745-2038


Kite Art Exhibit, Fun Fly, Kids Fly, Kitemaking Competition, Kids Kitemaking Work Shops.

Fundraiser for Tulsa Air and Space Museum. A one-day event with schools entering kites into competition, kite demonstrations by local kite club.

Oct. 11---24th Annual One Sky One World Fly

World Wide Mass Ascension for Peace

Any location you pick!

c: One Sky One World Phone: 303-571-1744

One Sky One World Website

Oct. 17-18--4th Kites Over Granbury Kite Festival
(Flying kites for kids in Crisis)


Granbury, TX
(300 acre field at Highways 377 and 167 (Fall Creek Hwy) across the street from Jerry Durant Toyota at: 5100 E Hwy 377 N., Granbury, TX 76049)

C: Family Fun Kites / Steph Gaines

phone: 817-360-2720


Special Hotel rates $49.00 per night! Tell the hotel you are coming to kite festival to get the special rates.

Host Hotel: Granbury Inn & Suites
1339 N Plaza Dr.
Granbury, TX 76048

Activities: Open fun flying, Kite making, kite buggies, professional kite demos, Raffles & Prizes, Kids kite candy drop, Concessions, Face painting, sport kite team flying, etc...

Oct. 17-18--Bayou Fest Kite Fly (Annual)


La Marque, TX (Highland Bayou Park)

C: Kathy Nixie

phone: 409-762-0990

Description: The Bayou Fest takes place on Saturday but we can fly kites, both days. Giant field, Free Kite making for kids, sport kite demos, large single line kites, fun flying, good coastal winds. Park has playground, fishing pond, restrooms. etc...

Directions: La Marque is very close to Galveston Texas. Take exit 10 from I45 proceed south on the service road and take a right turn just past Ron Hoover Boat Sales, go over the Levee and you will have arrived.


AKA Sanctioned Sport Kite Competition

Nov. Nov. 7-8---12th South Padre Island Kite Festival

South Padre Island, TX (the flats, next to the convention center)

C: Guy Blatnik


Nov 16-25--16th Dead Bird Buggy Bash and Kite Fly
Galveston, TX. (at East Beach)
(Pre-event at San Luis Pass on the west end of the Island)

C: Charles "AJ" Jackson 832-250-3773

Website: http://deadbirdbuggybash.com/

This is one of 2 premier kite buggy gatherings in North America! This event also draws other styles of kite flyers and is one great kite flyers gathering, and everyone is welcome! You can now visit the DBBB website and register your name if you're coming. An accurate head count is necessary so this year's Turkey Day cooks will know how much food to prepare for the DBBB kiting attendees, their guest, and family members.



Rockport, TX (at the beach park)

C: Dano Wright wickedrevs56@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.skypiratesonline.org

Event Info:
This is an invitational fun fly from those of us in Coastal Bend Skypirates to all Texas Kite Clubs to �come on down� for some mild weather winter wind fun. This summer a poll was taken to see if potential attendees preferred a early December date to coordinate with the season opening events put on by the City of Rockport who asked our club to fly kites for the event. The December date actually works better than mid January and the weather will be much improved and so will the activities!!!

--- Again the City has leased the festival grounds at the entrance to the beach for large kite flying displays and demos�adjacent areas are available as well if we get �crowded air traffic control�.

This is in conjunction with the holiday season opening parades, (land and lighted boat that night) tree lighting ceremony, street party with music and food offerings etc. There is a potential here to be very entertaining event with all these activities in one small area, the Heritage District in downtown Rockport.

Information is posted on calendars of the yahoo groups sites of the following kite clubs -- Cloud Chasers,-- Austin SHARKS, -- Houston SPIKE,-- South Texas TACO, -- San Antonio and Skypirates, -- Gulf Coast.>

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