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92 - CAPE GAZETYE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 all ages. There is no charge to Annual event hoping for prizes. They also are treated to stunt kite flying demonstrations good weather Good Friday by the Valli Boyz, a group of pro- The Great Delaware Kite fessional fliers who annually tray- Festival, co-sponsored by the el to the Great Delaware Kite Lewes Chamber of Commerce Festival. and the Delaware Division of The long-term success of the Parks and Recreation, takes place Great Delaware Kite Festival was at Cape Henlopen State Park acknowledged by Delaware's Good Friday, April 14. Governor Thomas R. Carper in This popular annual event 1998 when the event captured the regionally attracts kite fliers and Governor's Hall of Fame Tourism spectators and is one of the events Award for Outstanding One Day features as part of National Kite Special Event. Month beginning the end of Business and community lead- March through the end of April. ers have donated awards for Established 37 years ago when nOvice and advanced competitors the Maharajah of Bharatpur, India of all ages. Six special class awards will be designated for challenged Delaware's governor to a kite flying contest, thecompe- superlatives, such as the smallest tition be a crowd pleas- competitor and most senior com- er. petitor. Competitor's entrance fee is $i Year after year the champi- for fliers up to 17 years old and $2- onship continued and in time, peo- ple began coming with their own for everyone else. kites. Competitors can also pay an The festival draws thousands to additional $2 to compete in the Cape Henlopen Park to watch Highest Kite Award category that - will take place at 12:15 p.m. for competitors vie for 18 judged watch the competitions. There is a Speci Event Fee of $3 per car to enter the state park that is collected at the entrance to the park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Children's and Teen's compe- titions take place from 10 a.m. to noon followed by the awards cer- emony for the morning competi- tions The Adult Competitions, Stunt Kite Competitions, Novice Individual Precision Competitions and the Open Individual Ballet Competitions follow the .Highest Kite Competition that begins immediately after the morning awards ceremony. The awards ceremony for the afternoon competitions concludes the day's activities. Note that the times may vary according to weather conditions and the num- ber of competitors. The entire day's activities will be announced from a stage area by two veteran master of ceremonies - Dan Gaffney from WGMD and Dennis Forney from the Cape Gazette. In addition to the flying con- tests, there will be food and kite concessions and a kite raffle. Having fun with a kite on the beach in lings Kira, Kai and Timmy Vitella. Lewes Dan Cook photo (I-r) are sib-