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92 - CAPE GAZETYE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 all ages. There is no charge to Kite festival: high-flying entertainment April 14 Annual event hoping for good weather Good Friday The Great Delaware Kite Festival, co-sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, takes place at Cape Henlopen State Park Good Friday, April 14. This popular annual event regionally attracts kite fliers and spectators and is one of the events features as part of National Kite Month beginning the end of March through the end of April. Established 37 years ago when the Maharajah of Bharatpur, India challenged Delaware's governor to a kite flying contest, thecompe- tition be a crowd pleas- er. Year after year the champi- onship continued and in time, peo- ple began coming with their own kites. The festival draws thousands to Cape Henlopen Park to watch competitors vie for 18 judged prizes. They also are treated to stunt kite flying demonstrations by the Valli Boyz, a group of pro- fessional fliers who annually trav- el to the Great Delaware Kite Festival. The long-term success of the Great Delaware Kite Festival was acknowledged by Delaware's Governor Thomas R. Carper in 1998 when the event captured the Governor's Hall of Fame Tourism Award for Outstanding One Day Special Event. Business and community lead- ers have donated awards_ for nOvice and advanced competitors of all ages. Six special class awards will be designated for superlatives, such as the smallest competitor and most senior com- petitor. Competitor's entrance fee is $i for fliers up to 17 years old and $2- for everyone else. Competitors can also pay an additional $2 to compete in the Highest Kite Award category that - will take place at 12:15 p.m. for 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. Dan Cook photo Having fun with a kite on the beach in ][,ewes (I-r) are sfl)- lings Kira, Kai and Timmy Vitella.