Kite Fest 2007 takes flight Sept. 16 in DeKalb

DEKALB, Ill.—Colorful kites showcasing all types of whimsical and magical creations will fill the skies at the Second Annual DeKalb Kite Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16.

A barrel kite five stories high and 50 feet across is among the featured kites (weather-permitting). It is so massive, it takes a large truck or piece of heavy construction equipment to hold it in place, according to event organizers.

Many featured kites defy description, including “fighting kites” and a head-turning display of three, 90-foot-long octopus kites called “octophile.” Other kites will include: stunt and dancing kites, Mimi the Pink Ladybug, Teddy Bear, owl, manta ray and cat kites.

Kite Fest 2007 will be held in the field of Northern Illinois University’s “North 40,” at Lucinda Avenue and Kishwaukee Drive, DeKalb, near Annie’s Woods and Anderson Hall. Admission is free.

Building on the success of last year’s family-oriented event, Kite Fest will feature kite-making for children, a candy drop, TAILS animal petting, giveaways and games.

Food will be provided by DeKalb Elks Lodge 765. Other organizations participating include the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce/DeKalb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; DeKalb Park District; and Art Attack.

Some of the area’s best kite-fliers and kite-builders will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their skills.

Among the kiters participating in the day’s event is Paul Fieber, of Madison, Wis., who is chairman of the American Kitefliers Association’s Kite Art Committee and a former Midwest director of that organization. Fieber loves building and flying single-line kites. He has won several kitemaker awards at the AKA Nationals and the Smithsonian.

Fieber also enjoys teaching kite-making to adults and children. He is an instructor at the annual Midwest Area Kitemakers Retreat, in Oregon, Ill.

DeKalb Kite Fest 2007 offers plenty of space for participants to fly their own kites. Bring a kite, make a kite or buy a kite from Kite Harbor Kite Shop, which will be on-site.

Spectators are invited to bring a chair to sit back and enjoy watching the sky fill with color. Food and water will be available for purchase. Also, WLBK will conduct a live broadcast from the kite field.

“With so much to do and so many ways to participate, we hope folks will take time to enjoy all that we have in store for you,” said Jim and Chris Overmann, organizers of the event.

David Gomberg, of the American Kite Association, encourages participating in this fun event.

“If you haven’t seen what modern kiting is all about, you really need to get out to a festival like DeKalb’s and check out the shapes, the colors, and the amazing things people are doing in the sky,” he said.

For more information about Kite Fest 2007, call the DeKalb Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau at (815) 756-1336 or visit; or DeKalb Chamber of Commerce at (815) 756-6306 ( from the Sept. 5 – Sept. 11, 2007, issue

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