Kite flyer or chemical engineer?
On Monday night as we watched the so-close-to-graduation-we-can-taste-it-high-school-seniors collect their applause at the honors program I wondered whether any of them, instead of the doctor, lawyer, engineer and fashion designer careers they’ll pursue come fall, would prefer a job as a professional kite flyer.
You can even pay $40 per 2-hour class ($70 for both sessions) for lessons on Friday with Josh and Zach Gordon, brothers and multiple-time national champion kite pilots.
The young pros will teach Dual Line Mastery and Quad Line Mastery so that you, too will be able to make kites dance to music like the iQuad Team, which will also be participating this weekend. Click to see their moves to “Papa was a Rolling Stone.”
You’ll see bigger than school bus-sized kites and over a dozen featured pilots perform kite ballets, an indoor kite fly, stunt kite action, fighter kite demos, plus a night fly with lighted kites.
There will be test fields where you can test fly the latest kites, and an open field where you can fly your own kites.
No kite? No worries; shop at the World’s Largest Outdoor Kite Store under the tents on the beach.
The festival is hosted by Mackinaw Kites & Toys, which operates a year ‘round store in Grand Haven and a warm-weather shop in Mackinaw City. That location opened in 1981 and is “one of the oldest kite stores in the world.”
The Great Lakes Kite Festival is free but you must have a State Park Recreation Passport to enter the grounds ($10 annual fee for residents, non-residents pay an $8 daily fee or $29 for an annual passport).
A small price to pay whether you plan to go pro or just enjoy some high flying fun.
Visitor Info Clicks: Grand Haven
Related Post: Let’s Go Fly A Kite, March 30, 2009