CALLAWAY—All the conditions were right for a beautiful weekend of flying a kite during the 31st annual Callaway Kite Flight. Blue skies and sunshine became the backdrop to the dozens of colors and shapes dancing through the air, thanks to just the right amount of wind on Saturday afternoon.
KCNI/KBBN visited Foster Smith Field east of Callaway and talked with Blaine, a longtime kite flight attendee from Lincoln.
“We come out for the kite flight every year,” he told KCNI/KBBN. He stays with family every year and has been traveling to the kite flight capital of Nebraska for about the last 20 years. Not only enjoying the chance to fly his own kite, Blaine loves to share the experience by getting even the littlest kids involved in the flight.
“Seeing all the people here and watching everybody have so much fun flying kites–it’s fun, just like the kids here,” Blaine continued. “Callaway is the kite flight capital of Nebraska so no, we haven’t been to any others [events] just this one. But this one is enough, it’s the best one!”
As kites filled the skies over several open acres of the seven valleys and Foster Smith Field, families had the chance to enjoy snacks and food fresh off the grill from Smokin Double D’s out of North Platte. Snow cones, face painting, balloon animals, building a teddy bear, buying a kite, the night flight, indoor kite flight, kite painting, and Sons of the American Legion fish fry were also options for fun over the Labor Day weekend in Callaway.
Bodell and Clint Jordan have attended the event for the last few years with their three children, now ages 7, 9, and 11. A native of Arnold, Neb., Bodell Jordan said she loves bringing the kids and flying some of the kites they have purchased at past Callaway Kite Flight events.
“We love coming to the kite flight just because the kids can get their faces painted, there’s snow cones, they can get animal balloons and it’s been extra fun this year because there’s actually some wind!” Jordan said.
Mark your calendars for next Labor Day weekend to “go fly a kite!”