How to Organize a Kite Festival
Yes -- you can do it! (And we can help).
Over the past ten years National Kite Month resources have helped Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs, Church Groups, Scout Troops, and organizations of all types and sizes run their own kite festivals. You'll need a handful of volunteers and a dedicated person to act as chief, but you don't necessarily have to have years of kiting experience.
Former NKM Chairman Phil Broder has written an excellent "How To" manual that explains it all: It's available as an Adobe PDF format (file size 1 Mb) by clicking here:
Of course, it would be nice to invite some serious kiters whose collection of colorful and dramatic kites could liven up the skies at your event. Possibly an American Kitefliers Association member lives right in your hometown. Check with an AKA Regional Director to see if he knows of an AKA member who might be willing to help "put on a show".
AKA Regions (with Directors e-mail addresses)
- New England - CT-NH-MA-ME-RI-VT-NY
- Northeast - NJ-PA-NY
- Mid-Atlantic - DC-DE-MD-VA-WV
- Southeast - AL-FL-GA-KY-MS-PR-NC-SC-TN
- Great Lakes - MI-OH
- Midwest - IA-IL-IN-MN-WI
- Great Plains - CO-KS-MO-ND-NE-SD-UT-WY
- South Central - AR-LA-NM-OK-TX
- Intermountain - ID-MT-OR
- Northwest - AK-WA
- Northern CA - Monterey County N NV
- Southwest - Southern CA - AZ - H
Good luck with your event, and don't forget to register it on the event schedule!