The 25th Annual Great Lakes Kite Festival, the largest of its kind in the Midwest, will take place this weekend at Grand Haven State Park.
GRAND HAVEN, MI – Grand Haven State Park visitors might want
to turn their attention to the sky this weekend.
The 25th Annual Great Lakes Kite Festival, the
largest of its kind in the Midwest, will take place this weekend, said Lynn
Negen, co-owner of the Mackinaw Kite Co., which organizes the festival each
Festivities kick off Friday night with an “indoor fly” at 7
p.m. at the White Pines Middle School gym, located at 1400 South Griffin St.
“Using only the movement of their bodies,” demonstrators
will fly their kites indoors, following routines that are choreographed to
music, Negen said.
“Think Blue Angels with a kite, but they’re doing it to
music,” she said.
Saturday’s and Sunday’s festivities will take place on the
beach at the state park, rain or shine, Negen said. Weather permitting, the
festival will include the flying of giant kites the size of school buses as
well as performances by kite flyers from around the country, she said.
“Literally all day long, we have something to see in the
fields,” Negen said.
Other festival attractions include Mackinaw Kite Co.’s
pop-up kite store on the beach; a candy drop for kids 12 years old and younger;
a “night fly,” featuring illuminated kites; and weather permitting,
The festival will also include a children’s inflatable
obstacle course and an open flying field where visitors can fly their own
Negen described the festival as a family-friendly event that
draws about 40,000 in any given year.
“And those figures don’t include anybody who walks on,” she
said. “It’s big.”
The event has become a yearly tradition for many of its
“We have people who have come here for all 25 years,” she
said, adding that festival-goers who first went as children are now bringing
their own kids.
“That’s a fun part of the festival,” Negen said.
Festival admission is free but a recreation passport is required
to enter the state park. For more information about the Great Lakes Kite
Festival, visit www.mackite.com/glskc.htm.
You can also check out scenes from last year’s festival below: