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    Posted April 18, 2014 by
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    46th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DougBardwell photographed the 46th annual kite flying festival, which was held in Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware, on April 18. This was his first time visiting the festival. He says it was an enjoyable experience as he watched children try their best to get their kites airborne, ‘often with no luck whatsoever,’ he said. In addition, he was impressed by the number of families who camped out in the park in 40 degree weather in order to participate in the festival as soon as it started in the morning.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    This festival has become the annual observance of a classic kite duel back in 1969. The Maharajah of Bharatpur, India challenged the Governor of Delaware to a kite-flying contest. When the date came, the Governor was out of town, so his Lt. Governor, Gene Bookhammer stepped in to take up the challenge.
    Each of their lines was equipped with 12” of abrasive sand on the string near the kite. Fighting for position, Bookhammer’s kite was the victor, cutting the Maharajah’s line. The following year, he returned and once again Bookhammer came out the victor.
    Ever since then, people have been bringing their own kites at the end of spring, and the Kite Festival has turned into the quasi-official opening of the summer season at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.
    This year saw a range of competitions for children, teens and adults; with prizes for looks, height, stunt flying and ballet (the equivalent of ice-skating to music.)
    Hundreds braved the 45 degree temperatures and brisk winds to sail their homemade and store-bought kites all morning and afternoon.

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