Kite Festival

Just about everybody has flown a kite at one time or another in their life. It was probably some cheap store bought rig that flew poorly and really wasn't much fun to fly. You won't find a good kite for $1.49 at a Stop And Shop. But good quality kites can be bought that will open up a whole new world of kite flying for anyone.

Up until recently, most Stop And Shop kites were Diamond Kites. These kites like a medium breeze and require a tail. Most kites sold today are Deltas. They fly much better and easier than their Diamond brothers, will take to the air with less wind so they're more stable, and usually are flown without a tail. Still, these Stop And Shop kites are cheaply made, small, and unimpressive.

Hobby kites are made which are of superior quality and come in a variety of designs. They don't come cheap. A good hobby kite can cost $50 or more, plus string and reel. Some are good choices for children to fly, but many are not because, in a strong wind, some of these kites can actually lift a small child off their feet. In fact, one design, called a Parafoil, has been used by the military to lift cargo.

Below are some of the kites in Lance's kite collection as well as descriptions, suggestions, and information. All of these kites were purchased from INTO THE WIND.




If you could have only one kite, this would be the one. Based on the design of the popular Delta kites, this model also incorporates some of the features of a Box kite. The result is a kite that will fly in almost any wind from 4 to 25 mph. In high winds, a tail can be added. Often times, windsocks, tails, and streamers are added to these kites for appearance sake. Lance flies a 7.5 foot Delta-Conynes using five hundred feet of 110 pound line.



If anything will fly when the wind is nearly still, it's a Sled. Their light weight design makes them a natural for a gentle breeze. Once in the air, they soar on the thermals with grace and beauty. Their gentle pull lets them use light 30 pound line, and they are a good kite for children to fly.

Dragon Kite


So, you like kites with big tails, eh? They don't get any bigger than a Dragon. This strange kite is shaped like a finger nail with a huge colorful tail. Tails in the 25 to 55 foot range are common. These kites like a brisk breeze; are beautiful to see airborne; and are gentle enough for children to fly. Lance's Dragon has a 35 foot tail and uses 50 pound line.



Here's a kite that was made for a windy day. A member of the Parafoil family, this kite is designed for flying rather than lifting. There are NO SOLID PARTS, so there's nothing to break if it crashes. On the other hand, they pull very hard on the line and must be flown with extra caution.

6 Wing Star


A member of the box kite family, this is a beautiful kite to see in the sky. It likes a good wind but doesn't pull as hard as a Parafoil. It soars nicely yet handles changes in wind direction very well.


  1. USE GOOD QUALITY LINE: There is string made specifically for kite flying and it will give you the best performance. The larger the weight of the string, the thicker (and heavier) it is. Use the right size string. Contrary to the advice of well intentioned people, fishing line is for catching fish, not flying kites.
  2. SELECTING KITES FOR KIDS: A kite for children should not require line rated higher than 30 pounds. Of course, the cheap Stop And Shop kites are very small so they require very little strength from either the line or the child. The best kites for children are small Deltas, Sleds, and Dragons.
  3. WEAR GLOVES: The pull of some of these kites, especially in high winds, can take you by surprise. It's very easy (the voice of experience now speaks) to get painful friction burns if the line suddenly slips through your hands. Weider makes a very good glove for weight training that's also good for kite flying. Unless you're flying a kiddy kite, protect your hands.
  4. KEEP YOUR LINE CLEAR: You are responsible for your kite. Stay far away from power lines or other objects that your kite might get tangled with. People are another problem. In high winds, a kite can nose dive, shift position, and then climb. Unfortunately, a person walking between you and your kite might get in the way of the line - causing injury and line burn. If there are spectators watching you, ask them to stay behind you.


The Beaufort Scale is a way of determining or describing how the wind is blowing. It's used by weather forecasters, aviators, and sailor alike. It also is used by kite fliers to predict flying conditions.


1-3 mph


Smoke drifts. Wind cannot be felt.
4-7 mph LIGHT BREEZE Wind felt on face. Leaves rustle.
Weather vane moves.
8-12 mph GENTLE BREEZE Leaves and twigs in motion. Light
flag extended.
13-18 mph MODERATE BREEZE Wind raises dust and loose paper.
Small branches move. Flags flap.
19-24 mph FRESH BREEZE Small trees in leaf sway slightly.
Wavelets form on ponds and lakes.
25-31 mph STRONG BREEZE Large branches begin to move.
Telephone line whistle.

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