DeKalb Park District to host annual Kite Fest

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Kite fest will feature activities such as a kite-themed craft table, cornhole, a paper plane obstacle course and giant bubbles. (Getty Images)

DeKALB — The DeKalb Park District is hosting its annual Kite Fest this month, which will feature outdoor activities for attendants to participate in.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Kiwanis Park, on Fairview Drive and S. 4th Street. The festival will be free to attend.

DeKalb’s Kite Fest is known for its wonderful view of kites of all kinds. From kite fights to inflatable kites; the event has it all. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring and fly their own kites, but if they are unable to, kites will be available for purchase on location while supplies last. 

Kite pilots will also be at the event, showing off their skills by performing incredible flying displays. The performers include Team Sky FX, Team Chicago Kite, Al Sparling, Darryl Waters and Anthony Catalano. Chrissy Tluczek, the person in charge of the event, said she sees the kite pilots as a staple of Kite Fest.

“We really look towards Chicago Kites as one of the main people we pair up with,” Tluczek said. “They put on a fantastic show in addition to some other talented individuals.”

The iconic candy drop from previous years is planned to take place if weather permits and many food trucks will be on location to feed attendees. The trucks that will be at the event include new and old vendors from Kite Fest in the past like Sweet Butts Cotton Candy, The Cream King, Big D’s and Kona Ice.

Kite fest will also feature fun side activities such as a kite-themed craft table, cornhole, a paper plane obstacle course and giant bubbles.

Kite Fest is still looking for volunteers to help with these activities; any interested individuals who would like to help can contact Chrissy Tluczek, the recreation supervisor of the DeKalb Park District at ctluczek@dekalbparkdistrict.com

The festival this year is looking to keep the same mood that Kite Fest has had in the past.

“The overall atmosphere is the tradition of that whimsical, exciting, and beautiful display of kites in the sky,” Tluczek said.

For more information on the DeKalb Kite Fest, visit the DeKalb Park District website.