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On the Bright Side

September 24, 2012

Kite festival blows through Cherry Valley

It was windy Saturday morning in Cherry Valley. The perfect weather to fly a kite? Not really, according to Scott Weider, captain of the Rev Riders kite flying team.  On Saturday, Weider’s team was participating in the Cherry Valley Kite Festival organized by Cherry Valley Artworks.

“(For) some kites there might be too much wind today. You might break some kites,” Weider said. “We have the proper kites out here with the proper carbon rods — graphite rods — so we should have good control.”

Weider got hooked on flying kites choreographed to music about 20 years ago.

“I saw a video tape of classical music and a two-line Delta kite flying perfect geographic patterns to the music, and I fell in love with it,” Weider explained. “In the right wind, it’s easy to learn. It just takes a lot of time to master.”

The Cherry Valley Kite Festival started in 2006 and has been taking place every two years since. Weider has been to all the kite festivals in Cherry Valley. He said this year’s festival was the windiest.

“I’m grateful,” Weider admitted. “That’s the beauty of kite flying. If it was perfect wind every day we probably wouldn’t come back. It’s dealing with the wind. Dealing with whatever mother nature gives you and making the best of it.”

The wind was the reason the Cherry Valley Kite Festival started in the first place.

“2006 was kind of the height of the wind turbine controversy,” said Jane Sapinsky, the executive director for Cherry Valley Artworks. “There was a lot of ill will going around between people. We wanted to come up with something that people could come together over and enjoy the wind.”

Approximately 1,000 people from all across North America come to enjoy the event, officials said. Jacques Letourneau came from Canada. He’s an art teacher who became a kite enthusiasts 11 years after retiring.

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