AKA Region 8 Kite Events Calendar 2014
(AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)



Welcome to the 2014 AKA Region 8 Kite Events Calendar! There are a couple of events listed from Region 7. 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: T-Gunn@msn.com

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 for various reasons.

Legend

Sport Kite Competition = (SKC)

Single Line Competition = (SLC)

Competition (Various) = (CP)

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

Kite Making = (KM)

Work Shop = (WS)

Demonstrations = (DM)

Traction Kite Event = (TKE)

Indoor Kite Flying = (IKF)



January

February

March

* Mar. 1--14th Annual Cane Hill Kite Festival
(Rain date March 8th)

(FF/DM)

Cane Hill, AR (Springfield Ranch-14306 State Hwy 45 - zip 72717)

C: T.A. Sampson


Tele: 479-824-8109
canehillkitefest@aol.com

Planned events: Fun flying, small prizes for impromptu categories, raffle for 3 large kites at 1, 2, and 3pm, food on site, kite hospital and assistance,veterans and thier families free, $1 kids under 12, $2 adult, free to park & watch. Handicap access.



* Mar. 1--City of Sugar Land Cultural Festival

(KM/FF/SLC/DM/WS)

Sugar Land, TX
(Sugar Land Memorial Park 15300 University Blvd)

Briana Bachemin (281)275-2887
bbachemin@sugarlandtx.gov

Activities: Workshops, Kite Art Exhibit, Kitemaking Competition, Kids Fly, Kids Kitemaking

Description: Kites of all shapes and sizes will adourn the sky of Sugar Land Memorial Park. Kite flying is a popular sport or hobby in many countries. It's sure to be the hit as Sugar Land represents a mixture of culture and diversity! Everyone is welcome to participate.



* Mar. 2--Malaquite Fun Fly (2nd Annual)

(KM/FF/DM)

Corpus Christi, TX
(Malaquite Visitor Center at 20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, on North Padre Island National Seashore)

C: Dick and Sis Vogel


Tele:(641)990-0801
dicknsis@yahoo.com

Activities & info: This is the second year of this event. Last year, more than 100 kids made kites and flew them on the beach with their families. With high hopes, we are bringing 200 kite kits this year. The flying day will officially begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., but we will be able to get onto the beach earlier to set up. If you will be joining us, please let us know. All kite flyers who "register" for the event will be allowed free admission to the park.

The National Seashore is located southeast of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. (The National Seashore is on North Padre Island, which is no longer connected to South Padre Island.) Visitors should head east through Corpus Christi on Highway 358. After crossing the JFK Causeway onto Padre Island, Highway 358 changes to Park Road 22. Continue about 10 miles south on Park Road 22 to reach the park entrance.

Sign up on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/219478858237454/

For an accurate map of the Malaquite Visitors Center: http://goo.gl/maps/dZHPo



* DUE TO COLD WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 9TH!


* Mar. 2--86th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival

(SLC/WS/FF/DM)

Austin,TX (2100 Barton Springs Rd.)
(Rain date Mar 9th)

C: Rebecca Gindele


Tele:(512)339-0412 or (512)587-3020
kites@zilkerkitefestival.com

http://www.zilkerkitefestival.com

Activities & info: Single line competition (trophies awarded), fun flying, kite building, Sport kite demonstrations, food, on field workshop. Pre event gathering Saturday night. Post event gathering Sunday evening! Go to website for more info!



* Mar. 15--9th Festival of Tails Kite & Dog Fest

(FF/DM)

San Antonio, TX (McAllister Park at the Starcrest entrance)

C: Belinda Rodriguez (210)212-8423

belinda@saparksfoundation.org

http://www.festoftails.org/



* Mar. 15--Spriro Family Kite Flite Day (27th Annual)


(FF/KM/DM)

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

918-962-2062
spiro@okhistory.org

Activities: Kites of all types, hundreds of participants, Scouts helping with kite making, Arts & Crafts, food vendors. Sandbox and Bubble area for very young children. Donated kites given away by drawing, free guided tour of prehistoric native american archaeological site.



* Mar. 22-- 24th Annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival


(KM/FF/DM)


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

C: Steve & Linda Rogers

work: 479-253-6596
kaleidokites@hotmail.com



* Mar. 22--Stonewall Kite Day

(KM/FF)

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. 23--Devine Lake Park Kite Fest (7th annual)

(KM/FF/DM)

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: Megan Pumphrey

512-528-2994

mpumphrey@leandertx.gov

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

This is a small but fun neighborhood kite festival by the City of Leander (about 20 miles north of Austin). Music, food, fun- public fly, a kite making workshop for the little ones, and team demonstrations by team Austin EOL.



* Mar. 29--Herman Park Kite Festival

(SLC/KM/FF/DM)

Houston, TX
(Hermann Park 6100 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77030)

C: Morgan Garvey


713-524-5876

development@hermannpark.org

http://www.hermannpark.org/visit/calendar/hermann-park-kite-festival/

Event Info: The Hermann Park Kite Festival will be a day of fun for the whole family. Activities include kite-making, friendly kite-flying competitions, food, music, a kids' play area, student performances and more. S.H.A.R.K, the South Houston Area Recreational Kiters, will be on-hand demonstrating trick kite-flying and showing off some of their biggest kites. Delicious food, face painting, games and contests for the kids will be offered all day.

The event will take place on and around the Miller Hill and the Jones Reflection Pool in Hermann Park.



* Mar. 29- Kick Winter to the Curb Fest

(FF/DM/KM)

Sherman, TX
(west of FM 1417 at Pecan Grove West Park.....3200 Canon Creek Drive)

C: Keith Bibb at (903) 892-7344

keithb@ci.sherman.tx.us

Description:
Concessions, kite vendor sales from Rainbows 4 Sail Kites, 7 kite contest categories with prizes, live music, acrobat martial arts & dance exhibitions, face painting, and a bike event, and of course free kite flying fun for everyone! Sponsored by the Sherman Parks & Recreation.



* Mar. 29--Helping House 4th Annual Kite Festival

(FF/DM)

Nacogdoches, TX
(at AL Mangham Jr. Regional Airport in Nacogdoches)

C: Amanda Johnson


936-371-1536

ajohnson@the-helping-house.org

http://www.the-helping-house.org

Event Info:
We will begin setup at 8:00 on that morning. Big Mikes Kites, Dallas Area Kite Organization, WhataKite will be there. Food, Jump houses, snow cones, old cars, airplanes, bol races, large small kite field, large ground display pieces. to many vendors to mention. A beautiful flying venue. Last year was a huge success, with lots of community participation. In case of rain, the festival rain date is April 13th.



April

* Apr. 5--Whitewater Mesa Kite Fly (9th Annual)

(FF)

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

575-313-1002 cordelia.rose3@gmail.com

Description:
Come to Glenwood and fly a kite! Join us for the Whitewater Mesa Fun Kite Flying Picnic, Tailgate too! Free raffle drawing for a kite. Plenty of space without fences and walk a labyrinth too!



* Apr. 5--Arlington Kite Festival (Annual)


(FF/KM/DM/SLC)

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

C. Ernie Smith

817-459-6434

Ernie.Smith@arlingtontx.gov

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



* Apr 5-6--Kite Fest Louisiane (9th annual)

(FF/KM/DM)

Port Allen, LA
(West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex on Rosedale Rd)
C: Kathy Gautreau

225-939-6711 kgautreau@westbatonrouge.net

http://www.westbatonrouge.net/



* Apr. 12 - 5th Annual Fly & Fling Kite Festival

(FF/DM/KM)

Lubbock, TX
(Berl Huffman Athletic Complex, North Loop 289 and Landmark Drive Lubbock, Texas 79410)

C: Aimee Ruel

Cell: 806-767-3796

arue@mylubbock.us

Activities:
From 2pm until after dark. This year a night fly will take place, with lights on kites and/or under the soccer field lights. Sport kite demonstrations by TKO Sport Kite Team, Large Single Line Kites, open public kite flying, kids candy drops from kites, kite buggy and kite board demos, disc golf, rock wall spider climber, jumper tent, etc...



* Apr. 12--Siloam Springs Kite Day (12th Annual)

(FF/KM)

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

C: Libby Wand

479-524-5779 Lwand@siloamsprings.com



* Apr. 12-13--Cloud Buster Kite Festival (8th Annual)

(CP/FF/KM/DM)

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

C: Doris Reed & Kevin McGrath


940-798-4615
mitchellrvpk@yahoo.com

http://www.mitchellresortandrvpark.com

Event Info:
Fun for all ages! Fun flying, sport kite Demonstrations, single line kite competitions with whimsical trophys to the winners, Food Vendors, Live Music, Kids Kite Building.

AKA card carrying members get free access to Mitchell Resort & RV Park's kite fest activitiesl



* Apr.26--Alta Mira Kite Fest

(FF/KM)

Albuquerque, NM
(Balloon Fiesta Park in NE Albuquerque)

C: Nancy Hunt


(505) 366-2114
NHunt@AltaMiraNM.org

http://AltaMiraKiteFest.org



* Apr. 26--Mary Herron Memorial Kite Fest (9th annual)

(FF/KM/WS/DM)

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

C: Janette Bohanan

580-286-3616 motrr@hotmail.com

http://museumoftheredriver.org

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

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.



May

* May 3--Heart of Texas Sertoma Club Kite Festival

(FF/DM)

Waco, TX
(Heart of Texas Radio control Aircraft field...Look for the festival signs)

C: John & Sandra Westmoreland


254-776-0947
markietd@aol.com

http://www.sertomakitefest.org

Event Info:
Kite Demos, fun flying, giant kites of Whatakite, RC airplane demos, vendors, etc...

Directions:
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.

This event donates proceeds to needy children that are in need of hearing aides.



* May 3-4--Wind & Green Energy Kite Festival

(FF/DM/SLC)

Edgewood, NM (Wildlife West Nature Park...87 N. Frontage Rd)

C: Roger Alink

Toll free: 505-263-9453

parksrec@edgewood-nm.gov

http://www.wildlifewest.org



* May 10-11--Tulsa Wind Riders 21st Annual Festival of Kites

(FF/KM/DM)

Tulsa, OK
(43rd & Garnett.)

C: Larry Stiles

918-630-9334

larryleestiles@yahoo.com

http://www.facebook.com/TulsaWindRiders

Join us for 2 days of kite flying, kite buggy demos, art Kites, Big kites, miniature kites, fighter kites, sport kite demos, power and quad line kites, kids kite making, kite vendor, and food vendor on site! Silent auction where you can bid on some great prizes (donations welcome)!



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

(FF/DM)

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

(505) 663-0477
laarts@rt66.com

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 17--3rd Annual Go Fly A Kite Festival

(FF/KM/DM)

Derby, KS
(High Park - 2801 E. James St, Derby, KS)

C: Jennifer Nixon

316-529-2677 jennifer@derbyrec.com

Planned event activities: - fun flying, kid's kite building, candy drops, demonstrations, etc...Everyone is welcome to come fly a kite!



* May 17--Trinity River Wind Festival

(FF/DM/KM)

Dallas TX......(Festival location, River Bed near the Lew Sterret Justice Center)

C: Troy Gunn (940) 224-0934



T-Gunn@msn.com

Activities: Fun flying, kite candy drops, sport kite demos, giant kites, etc....

I need show inflatibles, dual teams and quad teams. Trying to get this off the ground. It’s sponsored by the City of Dallas and Reliant Wind Energy. COME ON DOWN!!!! CALL FOR KITERS!

Click here for the Kite Festival Flyer/Poster

Kite Festival Location driving directions:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=146+W+Commerce+Street+Viaduct&hnear=146+Commerce+St+Viaduct,+Dallas,+Texas+75207&gl=us&t=h&z=16



* May 18---DFW Dragon Boat, Kite & Lantern Festival
(FF/DM)

Las Colinas in Irving, TX
(Next to Lake Caroline)

C: Gloria harmon

(972) 938-3954

kitemobile2@sbcglobal.net

http://www.dfwdragonboatfestival.com/index.shtml

Info: All kite flyers welcome! The first 8 kite flyer confirmations get 2 free meal tickets.



*May 30 thru June 2--Junction Kitemakers Retreat
(KM/FF/DM/WS)

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

C: Judy Kingery

  325-692-5927

Judyabilene@aol.com

http://windweavers.tripod.com/junction-retreat.htm

- Instructor proposals due by April 15th, 2011.
- $235 registration fee for participants.
- The registration fee will be waived for instructors.



June

* June 7--11th Annual Asian-American Festival
(KM/FF/DM)

Tulsa, OK
(Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Road)

C: Tulsa Library

  918-549-7590

http://www.TulsaLibrary.org

Celebrate and learn about the customs and traditions of Asian-Americans with entertaining, educational events for the entire family as Tulsa City-County Library presents the 10th Annual Asian-American Festival. Explore the colorful cultures of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and other countries in Asia. The festival opens with a vibrant Dragon Dance, kite flying demonstrations by the Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Club, martial arts demonstrations, traditional dance presentations, bamboo flute music, a Japanese tea ceremony, origami and childrens activities.



* June 7-Audreys Day down syndrome Fun Fly
(FF/DM/KM)

Rockport, TX
(802 Seabreeze.....Rockport Beach park)

C: Dano Wright


361-442-4608
wickedrevs56@yahoo.com



Event Info:
This festival will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio. The Coastal Bend Sky Pirates cordially invite all kite fliers to join us in this endeavor. The main purpose is for the families of Downs kids to get a day just to enjoy the beach, sky, winds, kites, kayaks, food and fun on the water. Rockport Beach is easy to find next to Downtown Heritage District and the Harbor-- (there is a per car daily parking permit required- or $10 annual pass). We will be mid-way down the beach just past the first pavilion.

LUNCH AND DINNER PROVIDED FOR ALL KITE FLIERS WHO REGISTER SO RSVP AS SOON AS POSIBLE TO: wickedrevs56@yahoo.com



AKA Sanctioned Sport Kite Competition, Central Conference!

* June 6-7-8 - 22nd Annual Twisted Lines Kite Festival

(FF/DM/CP/SKC/IKF)

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

C: Bob Homan


785-273-3715
bjhoman1@cox.net

http://www.topekakitefliers.com

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 live kite auction to raise proceeds for the american diabetes Foundation. You may camp on site (no electrical hookups)



* June 28-29--The 24th Annual Libertyfest Kite Fest

(KM/FF/DM)

Edmond, OK (Santa Fe Ave. & Big Cedar Ave.....at Mitch Park, Edmond, OK)

C: Terry Officer

(405)341-5477

Festival info: Because of construction to the old flying field, this year's festival will be flown at a different part of Mitch park that in previous years. The entrance to the kite festival field will be at the intersection of N. Santa Fe Ave. & Big Cedar Ave. Enter the public parking lot, then drive thru the gate. Dedicated kite flyers will park on the grass just south of the rugby field and just north of the tree line. the Location map is here:

http://classic.mapquest.com/maps?city=Edmond&state=OK&address=N+Santa+Fe+Ave+%26+Big+Cedar+Ave&zipcode=73003&country=US&latitude=35.68757&longitude=-97.51406&geocode=INTERSECTION



Event Website:
http://libertyfest.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=libertyfest&Category_Code=kitefest


July/August

September/October

* Sep. 13---Skydance Kite Festival

Broken Arrow, OK
(Festival Park - 21101 E. 101st)

C: Larry Stiles 918-630-9334

larryleestiles@yahoo.com

http://www.facebook.com/TulsaWindRiders

Festival Info: Kite Enthusiast from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, kansas, etc... will be flying kites of all shapes and sizes. Kite buggy demos, figter kite demos, sport kite demos. Kids can make their own kite for only $3.00, then fly the kite afterwards. Fun for the entire family!



* Sep. 20---Flight of the Monarch Festival

Grand Prairie, TX
(Central Park, Hwy 161 at Warrior Trail, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052 )

C: Linda Townley 972-237-8117 or 8267

ltownley@gptx.or​g

Event Info web page: https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=bm83aGs4aDJzMjVlZHI1cmdmMDQyMmI5YmcgMnJtZnBnbmZybWlhaWU3YnZka2QxN2UwM2NAZw&ctz=America/Chicago&sf=true&output=xml

Festival Info: Grand Prairie will celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico. This free event will include mon­arch butterfly releases, kite flying, a kid zone with a bounce house and crafts, vendors, food, a contest and parade for butterfly costumes. A special Guest, Lucas Miller, recognized as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts, will be on hand to teach about monarch butterflies, wetlands, animal defenses, endan­gered species, symbiosis, and other nature-related topics through a blend of music, puppetry, projected images, and zoological, stand-up comedy.



* Sep. 20---Alpine Kite & Jazz Festival

Alpine, TX
(At the Ramada Inn of Alpine, 2 miles west of Alpine)

C: Tushar Patel 432-837-1100

tushar@finehospitality.com

Ramada at Alpine: http://www.ramada-alpinetexas.com

Festival Info: This festival is sponsored and organized by Ramada Hotel of Alpine, Texas, and the festival is located on the hotel property next to the hotel. Come stay at the Ramada Hotel and step out the door of the hotel and fly your kites! Food, fun, and vendors. Fun for the entire family! TKO Sport Kite Team will be performing at the festival!



* Sep 29 thru Oct. 5--37th AKA Grand Nationals & Convention.

Nags Head, North Carolina - USA
(8031 Old Oregon Inlet Rd. 27959)

C: Mel Hickman +1-609-755-5483

convention@aka.kite.org

http://www.aka.kite.org



* Oct. 12---29th Annual One Sky One World Fly

World Wide Mass Ascension for Peace

Any location you choose around the world!

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

jpa@earthnet.net
One Sky One World Website



November

* Nov 24 thru 30--21st Dead Bird Buggy Bash and Kite Fly
(FF/DM/TKE)
Galveston/Freeport, TX. (Stonehenge)

C: Dick & Gail Bell 972-423-3630
jots@tx.rr.com

Website: http://deadbirdbuggybash.com/

This year we are changing things up some. The city of Galveston does not allow camping on the beach anymore so we will be gathering on the beach towards Freeport, Texas. The place where we will be gathering is called Stonehenge. go to the website for more info.

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.



December

* Dec. 6 - Great Texas Kite Club Fun Fly
(FF/DM/KM)
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.


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