Kites Over Enid
What: Kites Over Enid 2019
When: 10 am-4 pm, April 27-28, 2019
Where: Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field behind Autry Technology Center, 1201 W Willow
Driving Directions: Flying field accessible only from N. Van Buren. Turn west on Mulberry and proceed to field. Parking is on the grass east of the flying field.
Vendors: Johan's BBQ, Scoops Ice Cream and Tropical Ice food trucks will be on site, while Wings of the Wind & Toys from Wichita will have their mobile store on the field. Bring your own kite to fly or purchase one on site.
Schedule for Saturday & Sunday
10 am - National Anthem, kites in the air
11 am - TKO Sport Kite Team performance
1 pm - Candy drop for the children
2 pm - TKO Sport Kite Team performance
2 pm-4 pm - Bol Races
Kites Over Enid 2019 will be held April 27-28 at the Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field behind Autry Technology Center. April is National Kite Month, and the goal of Kites Over Enid is to introduce – or reintroduce – the joy of flying a kite to children and adults alike.
This year's festival will have some familiar feature flying teams.
Go Big or Go Home: Returning for its third year are husband and wife team Christian Baden Powell and Gayle Woodul and their team of experienced flyers who fly all types of kites but love the HUGE inflatables like Beaudreaux and Liz, the giant octopus kites that hovered over Enid in 2016 (see photos below). Learn more about Go Big or Go Home here.
TKO Sport Kite Team: TKO Sport Kite Team has traveled the world performing sport kite demonstrations at International kite festivals and other events, such as balloon fest air shows, schools, and even for royalty. TKO has won numerous National and International awards. The team gladly accepts invitations all over the world, to perform team and individual sport kite routines. Learn more about TKO Sport Kite Team here.
Kites Over Enid was held in 2009 and 2010 in a large field behind Autry Technology Center. Both events were held as attempts to break the Guinness Book of World Records for number of kites in the air at one time. In 2009, Enid broke the North American record with 2,598 kites in the air at once, but fell short of setting the world record. The 2010 Kites Over Enid event again came up short with “only” 2,439 kites in the air. The 2,598 kites flown in 2009 remains the North American record.
The idea to bring back Kites Over Enid came from the 2015 AKA National Convention with city and AKA leaders saying a kite festival in Enid each year would help advance the joy and values of kiting. Phillip Whitaker, Enid native and AKA 1st Vice President, was the Field Coordinator for the 2015 convention and leads the efforts for Kites Over Enid.
AKA National Conventions
American Kitefliers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing kite flying with the world. Richard (pictured) and Marti Dermer, the founders of Hideaway Pizza in Stillwater, were avid kite flyers involved in AKA and in 2010 heard about Enid’s efforts to set the world record. Once Richard came to Enid and saw the field behind Autry Technology Center where Kites Over Enid had been held, he told people, “This would be perfect for the national convention.” Richard helped convince the AKA to bring its national convention to Enid in 2012. Based on the fun they had and the way they were welcomed by our community in 2012, AKA brought its 2015 national convention back to Enid. Unfortunately, Richard passed away in 2014 but the city of Enid honored his memory and contributions to kite flying at the beginning of the 2015 AKA convention and members flew kites on the Richard Dermer Memorial Flying Field. It's the same field we'll use for Kites Over Enid.
We encourage you to come fly a kite with us on April 27-28, 2019.
Phillip Whitaker and Marti Dermer at the 2015 AKA National Convention in Enid.
What a wonderful sight!
The sky alive with kites
Of all shapes and sizes,
And everyone realizes
What extraordinary fun
It is to be flying one.
Folks of all ages
Pipsqueaks and sages
Join in the sky-dance
Just for a chance
To go fly a kite.
There’s one at an amazing height
Flown by a precocious child
Turned loose into the wild,
Wide world of sun and breeze,
Of sky and distant trees.
I hear as she joyfully exclaims,
Look, Dad, Enid Kites Up The Plains!
Sept. 19, 2009
Kites Over Enid Sponsors:
Park Avenue Thrift
Mercy Health Systems
American Kitefliers Association