- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) - Kite aficionados gathered at Fort Stevenson State Park near Garrison for an annual kite festival Sunday.

The 22nd edition of the festival that runs through Monday has featured kites of all kinds: jumbo whales, crocodiles and fish, other huge pieces known as “line laundry,” and sled and dual-line kites moving rapidly in circles and zig-zags, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/TKQfHr ) reported Sunday.

“People might get the bug or they might not. The typical story is that people fly kites until they’re 8 or 10 years of age and then, again, when you’re 42,”said Tom White, who traveled to the event from Winnipeg, Manitoba, about 330 miles away.

Admission to the festival is free, but normal park admission fees apply. Event coordinator Rena Rustad said she expects the festival to bring in about $30,000 per day.

The festival was previously known as Skydance Over Sakakawea. Its primary field is the bluff in front of the fort overlooking the lake. The fields to the east and west of that are also flying kites.

North Dakota is home to eight kite festivals a year. The first is part of Shiverfest in Devils Lake in February and the last ones take place in Parshall and Beulah around the time the warm weather ends.

Daily entrance to the park is $5. An annual vehicle entrance permit is $25, and an annual permit for North Dakota residents who are 65 and older is $20.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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