Dazzling, colorful, and unusual kites will soar over the Shipshewana skies during the Second Annual Kite Komotion Clinic and Festival on April 28. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. at the Shipshewana Town Center/Hostetler Hudson Auto Museum located at 720 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana. The event is free to the public.
This family-oriented event will feature two international kite teams who will perform stunts and demonstrations to music, offer free stunt kite lessons, and orchestrate games and candy drops for children of all ages. Free kite making will be offered by the Hoosier Kiteflyers Society.
LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, Inc., (LCYC) obtained grants from local organizations and along with the help of Head Over Heels, LLC, a corporate sponsor, have organized this event to provide an opportunity for families to experience an old-fashioned activity in a new and exciting way at no cost.
“This event reflects the mission of our organization to provide our county youth with meaningful, positive activities and experiences,” stated Michelle Myers, program coordinator of LCYC. This event drew nearly 2,000 people last year and Myers is looking forward to an even more exciting event this year.
Kite Komotion will take place on several fields. Teams of flyers will maneuver their kites through a series of precision figures, demonstrate formation flying and fly to music at the “Demo Field.” Scheduled to perform stunts and maneuvers are International Kite Team “The Windjammers,” and the pairs teams of the “Blues Brothers” and “Fire and Ice.” Dave Bush, also known as “Mr. Incredible,” will be flying the world’s largest production dual line kite. These teams and individuals compete in kite flying contests and perform exhibitions around the world.
The Windjammers specialize in trains of kites. Each pilot is flying a train of 10 or more kites. The teams are always eager to assist beginners and can regularly be seen helping others get their kites aloft into the awaiting skies. The teams will also organize and facilitate the candy drop and games for children in the demo field.
Surrounding the demo field will be the “Learn to Fly” field, where people will have the opportunity to try their hand at stunt flying. There will be a “Family Fly” field, where families can fly their single line kites and children will have the opportunity to fly the kites they have built that day. Several kite enthusiasts will be showing off their unusual kite collections on the “Eye Candy” field.
The Hoosier Kiteflyers Society will be set up to help children build their own kites. Materials for the kites will be provided free of charge. Children will be given instructions on how to make a kite and then encouraged to head to the “Family Fly Field” to fly their newly built creations. Families and kite enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their own kites to fly in the “Family Fly Field” and tote along their lawn chairs to enjoy watching the exhibitions.
In addition to these activities, the Tom “the Bubbleman ” Deck will be on hand to add to the fun and festivities with his bubble machine. The grounds will be decorated with banners, windsocks and other wind toys provided by the kite teams. Concessions will be available for sale and vendors will be on hand to sell kites, string, etc., should families wish to purchase any kites or kite supplies. Local vendors will also be on hand to share what they have to offer families.