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Go, fly a kite

By Don Fennell

Published 1:07 PDT, Thu June 27, 2019

Just who invented the kite isn’t clear. But there’s no debating the enthusiasm of those who fly them.

Just who invented the kite isn’t clear. But there’s no debating the enthusiasm of those who fly them.

Generally credited as the invention of fifth century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban, the creative art that makes kites unique, and the art of flying them, can be plainly traced to ancient Asia.

The British Columbia Kitefliers Association recently held its annual Pacific Rim Festival over two days in mid-June at Garry Point Park.

Founded in 1980, the non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting interest and participation in the making and flying of kites. The June 15 and 16 event, the club’s 44th annual Pacific Rim Festival, not only featured some spectacular kites of all shapes and sizes taking to the air, but also a kite-making workshop, kite flying demonstrations, displays and candy and teddy bear drops.

Anyone interested in learning about kites, or flying them, is encouraged to contact the association. And all ages and all levels of kite expertise are welcome. Members get together for fly-ins and workshops and take part in kite festivals throughout the province and indeed Canada as well as neighbouring U.S. states. On occasion, they’ve even ventured to other parts of the world to share their love for flying kites.

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