AKA Natl. Convention

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The American Kitefliers Association had so much fun in Enid at their National Convention in 2012, they decided to come back in 2015!

The American Kitefliers Association 2015 national convention will return to Enid at the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall and at the flying field behind Autry Technology Center. The dates for the 38th annual AKA National Convention are September 28-October 3, 2015. The public is invited to any of the kite flying events which take place each afternoon. Admission is free!

Here's Enid mayor Bill Shewey welcoming the AKA back to Enid.

 

What is AKA?

AKA National ConventionThe AKA Convention is an annual gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The Convention ranks as one of the largest kite gatherings in the world. Convention activities include educational workshops, games, displays, and the Grand National kite competitions for kite making and sport kite flying. Committee and general business meetings are scheduled. Other highlights are the Great Kite Auction which offers unique and hard to get kite products and a retail FlyMarket for small vendors.

What will be happening during this week?

AKA National ConventionDuring this week, AKA will have flying exhibits open to viewing by the public including mass ascensions each day with 100 or more of the same style of kite and sport kite competitions with competitors flying their kites in intricate patterns or making them dance to music. Kite makers will bring their flying artwork to be judged for beauty in the air and the finer points of construction. Battles will be held with large Rokkaku kites and smaller fighter kites and there will be indoor kite flying showing kites that fly without any wind at all.

One-of-a-kind flying art by builders from all over the USA, Europe, and Asia are expected to be flying and competing for Grand Champion honors. Miniature kites will be on display, some less than one inch in their longest dimension. The largest kites in the sky may be up to 20 feet wide and 100 feet long.

What is the agenda for the convention? Click here for daily Flying Field activities

Each day - 9 am-5 pm, Open fly. Fly your kite with the pros!

Monday, Sept. 28 - 6 pm, Banner parade, downtown square.

Tuesday-Saturday - 1 pm, Mass Ascension, see the convention goers release their kites at once, filling the skies over Enid with color. Each day will be a different style kite.

Tuesday-Saturday - 2-5 pm, Kite competitions, different each day.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 - 10:30 am, Learn to fly Indoor Kites, Enid Event Center; 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, make your own kite, at Chick-fil-A; 7 pm, Indoor Kite Flying Competition, Enid Event Center

Friday, Oct. 2 - 1-5 pm, Kite demonstrations

Saturday, Oct. 3 - 1-5 pm, Rokkaku battles and a 'mystery ballet.' Rokkaku battles are where people try to cut the lines of other kites. Mystery ballet is where people fly dual-line or quad-line kites to music they have not heard before.

Saturday, Oct. 3 - 4 pm, Make your own kite and see the mini-kite tour at the Enid Public Library, 120 W Maine.

All public events at the AKA National Convention are free to attend.

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Enjoy these images from
the 2012 AKA National Convention in Enid!