CALLAWAY— It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a kite! The 28th Annual Callaway Kite Flight will be this Labor Day Weekend. Since the event began in 1991, it has been an American Kitefliers Association (AKA)-sanctioned event with guests from at least 21 nations and 29 states. Any guests, who arrive at the event site, will drive between rows of flags representing kite fliers from all over the world.
The event will be held at Foster Smith Field, which is located four miles South East of Callaway on highway 40. This land was designated for the kite flight by Foster to help have more stability for the event.
“When they moved from the golf course, he gave them a 100-150 year lease to count on [a place for the event],” said Callaway Chamber member Shirley Trout. “Since Fosters passing the next two, now three generations are out there helping get it ready and saying yes to anything we need to do.”
Kite flyers of young and old are encouraged to attend and enjoy the kites flown by the professionals at the event. Anyone who attends is more than welcome to fly their own kite or buy one at one of the on-site vendors. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy kites of all colors, shapes, and sizes. A reminder that smoking, fires, BBQ’s, fireworks, or other fire hazard material is not allowed.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for anyone under 16, or $25 for the entire family. Parking is available to the right of the entrance at Foster Smith Field. It is asked that parking around the rim be left for handicap parking.
The tentative schedule of events for this weekend:
Saturday Sept. 1-Sunday Sept. 2
Flag Raising 10 A.M.
Vendors Open 10 A.M.
Kites Begin to Fly 10 A.M.
Candy Drop 11 A.M.
Balloon Artists 12 P.M. – 3 P.M. (Saturday ONLY)
Watermelon Feed 1 P.M.
Candy Drop 1 P.M.
Catfish Fry/Pulled Pork Feed in Callaway at Hanger 22 (Saturday ONLY) TBA