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Children, parents share first kite flying memories

Saturday, April 5, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 8:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 5, 2014

COLUMBIA — On Saturday, Douglass Park was crowded with children flying kites with their families. From noon until 2 p.m., the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department hosted its annual Kite Flying Day.

We asked several participants what they remember about the first time they flew a kite. Here are some of the responses we received.








Mason Davis tried hard to get his kite up in the air but could only get the kite aloft when he was running with it. The missing wind was a little frustrating for the 7-year-old trying to fly a kite for the first time.


Braindon said he remembers a lot more wind than today at his first kite experience. He lived in the countryside and did not have to try hard to get the kite up in the air. He was at Douglass Park on Saturday with Sheyenne, his fiance’s 8-year-old daughter, who first learned to fly a kite with her grandfather when she was 5.


The first time Ming Rin flew a kite was 19 years ago in China. She said she was 5 and went with her grandfather to an old military base in Beijing. Her kite was different than this one: She had a traditional, bird-shaped Chinese kite that was made of bamboo and paper. With her grandfather’s help, she flew it all day long.

 
Astha flew a kite for the first time 25 years ago during the Indian Independence Day. She said kite competitions are a tradition to celebrate the Indian Independence on Aug. 15.


Paige, 3, was more interested in taking a nap in her grandmother’s arm instead of flying a kite. Her grandfather Ray was stuck flying the pink Barbie kite that they’d bought for their granddaughter. Ray said the first time he tried to fly a kite, more than 40 years ago, it got tangled up in trees.

Do you want to see more pictures of the Kite Flying Day? Read about other first kite experiences in our Facebook album from the event.

Supervising editor is Shaina Cavazos.


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