Jill M. Rohrbach
How long has it been since you flew a kite? Before this past weekend I could not have told you when I last tugged on a kite string. My in-laws gave my kids a kite on Sunday and off to the park we went. We took along a second kite we had in the garage. One was a turtle, the other a frog.
I had forgotten the pleasure it could bring and the skill it requires to keep a kite in the air. My seven year old and I were all smiles as the wind whipped our amphibian and reptile across the blue sky. “Let’s battle,” my son said as we dared to get our kites to swoop at each other without getting tangled. But they did twist around each other a few times and we scrambled to free them by passing our kite strings over and under one another until free again.
We actually drew a crowd. A few people threw their blankets on the ground to watch while others relaxed at a nearby pavilion. If you haven’t flown a kite in awhile, I highly recommend you remedy that. A good time to start would be this Saturday, March 28 during the 19th annual Eureka Springs Kite Festival on the grounds of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, located seven miles south of Eureka Springs on scenic Ark. 23. Kites will soar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event is open to everyone. It’s a great family activity. You’ll see kites in all shapes, colors and sizes. Some are handmade, some store bought and a few champions of the air. Food and drink will be available and pets must be kept leashed. You’ll want to bring your own chairs or blankets.
For more information, contact KaleidoKites (an awesome kite store in downtown Eureka) at http://kaleidokites.tripod.com/ or by phone at 479-253-6596. Contact Turpentine Creek at www.turpentinecreek.org or by phone at 479-253-3790. Admission is free.