Kite Festival will feature life-sized blue whale kite

by Alex Constantinou
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lumina News file photo 

Show kites hover over Wrightsville’s north end near Shell Island Resort during the Cape Fear Kite Festival on Nov. 6, 2011.

The eighth annual Cape Fear Kite Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shell Island Resort.

With perfect conditions and more than 30 kite flyers in attendance last year, organizer Michael Agner is excited about this year’s festival. 

“It looks like Sunday’s going to be the best day,” Agner said. “The winds will be just right.”

Agner, who has been flying kites for more than 20 years, got his start on the beach.

“One year for my birthday, my daughter bought me a little kite to fly with her,” Agner said. 

After that, Agner realized his interest in creating art in the sky. He established contacts with other kite enthusiasts in Wilmington, including the staff at Blowing in the Wind, a kite shop in downtown Wilmington. 

Since then, he has had the opportunity to travel the world flying kites, attending competitions and demonstrations in places such as South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Colombia, Germany and France. 

“When I tell people I fly kites they think of a piece of paper with a pinhole and a string ... it’s really quite different than that,” Agner said. 

One unique kite in this year’s festival will be a life-sized blue whale kite. 

In past years, people have flown kites as large as 100 feet long. This year’s blue whale exceeds that length. The kites on display range from animals such as caterpillars and octopi, to more artistic creations of varying colors and shapes. Some kites are more geared to sport and stunt maneuvers, while others are more decorative. 

The event will feature a number of kite enthusiasts flying kites of all sizes and colors. Flyers from all over the East Coast, and from as far as Pensacola, Fla., will be attending the festival. The event is free to attend.

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