2003-08-29 / Community

Kite Festival At Riis Park Delights Kids Of All Ages

Kite Festival At Riis Park Delights Kids Of All Ages


The annual Rockaway Kite Festival, sponsored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and the Gateway National Recreation Area took place last weekend at Riis Park. The event drew thousands from all over the east coast. Pictured, some of the large kites featured at the festival.The annual Rockaway Kite Festival, sponsored by the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce and the Gateway National Recreation Area took place last weekend at Riis Park. The event drew thousands from all over the east coast. Pictured, some of the large kites featured at the festival.
There were many specialty kites, such as this parachutist, to draw the attention of both young children and adults.There were many specialty kites, such as this parachutist, to draw the attention of both young children and adults.The green at Riis Park drew not only kite-flyers, but the attention of the Fuji Blimp, on duty at the U.S. Open.The green at Riis Park drew not only kite-flyers, but the attention of the Fuji Blimp, on duty at the U.S. Open.

Rockaway Chamber of Commerce official Hector Tello shows a friend how to fly a kite.Rockaway Chamber of Commerce official Hector Tello shows a friend how to fly a kite.Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (left) and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Sulik ogle the kites.Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (left) and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Sulik ogle the kites.

Young children were given a chance to decorate and fly their own kites. Here, Ryan Schwach joins others in producing a kite of his own.Young children were given a chance to decorate and fly their own kites. Here, Ryan Schwach joins others in producing a kite of his own.Music added to the spectacle of beautiful kites over Rock­away.Music added to the spectacle of beautiful kites over Rock­away.

A cowboy on stilts wowed youngsters with his rope tricks.A cowboy on stilts wowed youngsters with his rope tricks.A puppet show was a hit with the young.A puppet show was a hit with the young.

Volunteer Tony Reiser assisted young people in making their kites.Volunteer Tony Reiser assisted young people in making their kites.

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