Big kites load Lincoln Balloon
Festival with more fun
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[August 29, 2016]
enthusiasts from Chicago Kite have attended the Balloon Fest for the
last 5 years. Dave says they participate in kite demonstrations all
over the country. In 2016 they traveled throughout Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Alabama.
Dave has been flying kites for 24 years. While a few of the kites
that are presented are custom made, most are factory produced. He
explained that there are different kites made for different winds,
even special kites for no wind. When a person walks backwards there
is a wind of 2 miles per hour that is created and that is enough to
Mike disclosed that because the kites exhibited are so big, a
special kind of knot is used, a larks head knot. A larks head knot
tightens 100% when the kite is in the air. A good knot is necessary
to help control the kite.
It is illegal to fly anything over 500 feet or within 5 miles of an
airport. The Balloon Fest committee has to apply for an official
kite-flying waiver through the FAA to fly a kite under 150 feet near
the airport. Because of FAA rules, the group brought medium size
kites this year. Mike is hoping that next year they will be able to
bring the giant kites.
Chris has been flying kites for 20 years and was working on Saturday
with a kite with 75 foot tail. He was putting a spinner on the end
of the tail so he could orchestrate the kite to do more tricks like
figure eights and tornados. He expounded that the longer the tail
the more tricks a kite master is able to perform.
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The bigger kites need quad lines for more control. Chris is always
glad when there is good wind for kite flying saying, “There is never
too much wind.”
The Chicago Kite aficionados are a great addition to the Lincoln
Balloon Festival. If you missed them this year, be sure to take time
to check them out next year. It’s a great outdoor activity that is
fun for the whole family!
Chicago Kite located at 5445 N. Harlem, Chicago IL 60656. More
information about Chicago Kites can be found on the website