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"Yeah, Yeah - Hey Pat, Go Fly A Kite, Pal"

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 06, 2013 Apr 6, 2013 Saturday, April 06 2013 April 06, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

A trip to the beach includes launching the kite. Aerodynamic design innovations have furthered kite flying to new "heights" that include multiple line maneuvering. As noted in a previous column, the kite was first constructed in China, 2800 years ago, using silk and bamboo for a lightweight yet strong framework. In my early years, Nick Sudano's dad would construct our kites using sections of the Ellwood City Ledger glued to strips of balsa wood with a long tail for additional stability. March and April were perfect for kites as strong cold fronts provided northwest winds that kept our kites aloft for hours. Today from 11 ‘til 6 the 9th Annual Kite Fest Louisiane' is "soaring" at the West Baton Rouge Soccer Complex. Champion "kiters" will choreograph the flying to music.

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