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April 15, 2010

Contact: Gayle Paul, Curator, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth or 757-393-8543

Flights of Fantasy!
Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, 2010
Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday, May 1
City Park in Portsmouth on Sunday, May 2

Portsmouth, Virginia – Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the 6th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, 2010! Held in two locations, this popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados. “Flights of Fantasy” is the theme that participants will explore in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.”

Everyone is invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.” To enter this contest, participants must build a kite and bring it to the festival. The contest consists of two parts: the actual kite itself and how well it is made, and the participant’s ability to fly the kite. Kites should be constructed out of materials that were not a part of an existing kite. Participants must be able to fly their kites consecutively in the air for 5 minutes at a height of 100 feet. Kites will be judged on Flight (ability to fly for 5 minutes), Structural Design, Craftsmanship, and Visual Appeal. There will be three competitive divisions: Master, Novice, and Youth (ages 7-14). Kites will be photographed and entered in the “People’s Choice” contest, where festival attendees get to vote in their favorite kites! Trophies will be awarded for all divisions. Participants are encouraged to decorate their kites according to the theme “Flights of Fantasy.”

The Best Kite Contest is free to enter, and takes place from 2:00pm-4:00pm each day.
New for 2010: Rokkaku Kite Battle.
Rokkaku kites are six-sided kites originally used as Japanese fighting kites. In Rokkaku battles, opponents try to “bring down” their opponents’ kites by crossing lines and pulling them out of the sky.

The Rokkaku Battles is free to enter, and takes place at 4:00pm each day. Players must furnish their own Rokkaku kites.

Schedule of activities:
Kite Festival in Virginia Beach –
Saturday, May 1, 2010 – 10:00am-5:00pm on the beach at 17th Street and in the 17th Street Park.

Kite Festival in Portsmouth – Sunday, May 2, 2010 – 10:00am-5:00pm at City Park in Portsmouth (140 City Park Avenue).
(Click here for a map of the area.) (This link will open another window.)
(Click here for directions from the Courthouse Galleries to Portsmouth City Park.) (This link will open another window.)

Features the Best Kite Contest. In addition, families are invited to participate in kite building workshops led by Archie Stewart of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Archie is a member of: American Kitefliers Association (AKA); Past Board Member and Chairman of Festivals and Competitions for Kites Over New England (KONE); the regional kite club of New England. He is also a member of ConnectiKiters kite club, headquartered in Norwalk, CT and a member and competitor of the Eastern League Flyers Association. These workshops ($4) include kite materials and instructions on how to build a kite, as well as the aerodynamics of kite flying and kite safety.

American Kite Association members from throughout the East Coast will present kite demonstrations, perform kite routines to music, and fly giant kites (up to 80 feet long) that include an octopus kite! Kite vendors will be on site to sell various kinds of kites.
Awards will also be given each day for oldest and youngest kitefliers, funniest kite, most unusual kite, and biggest kite.

Admission to the kite festival is free.

For more information on the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, visit or call 757-393-8543.

The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is sponsored by the Oceanfront Inn, Jackite, the Courthouse Galleries, the City of Portsmouth, the City of Virginia Beach, and Integrated Management Group.

The cities of Portsmouth and Virginia Beach join together to bring you a weekend of high-flying family fun.

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