Saturday it's Youngstown Kite Festival day!
- Once again ( it's every other year), OSEK and Fly Pittsburgh folks
will converge at the Mill Creek MetroPark Experimental Farm ( directly
across the road from the Mahoning County Fairgrounds, check your own
map. That's on Columbiana-Canfield Road) for a day of flyin', fun and
frolic. Local folks come out in droves, even when it rains. Hours are
from 11 to 3, but get there early for a good parking spot. A
"professionals" field will be staked out so the "citizens" know where
not to fly. A big speaker system is usually there, and they'll play any
stuff you need to do a ballet performance. Kids can make kites and do
wind sprints. Older folks compete in the zaniest type competitions you
ever heard of. For Handcrafted Kites, judging will be for the Largest
and Smallest kites, with the very best one made being dubbed Best of
Show. For Manufactured Kites, there will be Highest Flying ( we ask how
much string you brought with you), Longest Tail ( one you add to the
bought kite or one that came with it), and ta da! a competition for
Novice Class Sport Kiters. Simple figures.
Truth is, we could use a couple of Judges to help with these things.
Obviously, 3 contests require a knowledge of how to read a measuring
tape. One is an eyeballing of what kite looks like it's way up there,
and how much string does the kid have left. I usually get stuck with
actually looking over the hand made kites and marking figures for
neatness and such for the Best of Show award, but I wouldn't mind some
help, in case more than six people come along and enter. We usually can
con a couple sport kiters into judging the Novice event. Maybe you'll be
one of them. As I recall, I think there were 2 competitors last time.
Plenty of time for helping and flying. Oh, and there's a designated area
for the Big Kites, too.
They serve FOOD in a nice building with indoor plumbing. Wind and
time willing, we'll end the day with a free for all Rokkaku Battle, so
bring yours. And bring some wind, but not too much. Thank you.
Nancy Lockwood, Corr. Sec. for OSEK