Lyon Township International Kite Festival to Feature Choreographed Performances

The event takes place in New Hudson this weekend
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Team Sky-FX, pictured above, will fly four different line kites at Lyon Township’s International Kite Festival this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Lyon Township International Kite Festival

Lyon Township will host its 13th annual International Kite Festival on June 4 and 5 in James Atchison Park in New Hudson. The family-friendly event will feature choreographed musical kite shows, kid’s activities, and more.

“This festival has always been about providing our community with a wonderful outdoor venue for families to enjoy,” says Jim Chuck, president of Lyon Events Organization, in a press release. “…We are now the largest kite festival event in Southeastern Michigan!”

John Trennepohl, the festival’s kite flying professional, a kite craftsman, and owner of the shop Kites & Fun Things in Plymouth, will be performing along with The Windjammers International Kite Team, Team Sky-FX, Dr. Patrick Riebald, and Lee Sedgewick, a newcomer to the festival.

According to Trennepohl, The Windjammers are the longest running kite team in history. Often seen at Belle Isle, the award-winning National Sport Kite Circuit team was founded in 1983 by a group of metro Detroit kite fliers. They will be performing with stacked and tailed kites. Meanwhile, Reilbald, who comes from Indiana, will being flying three sport kites; Sky-FX, a quad-team, will be flying four different line kites together; and Sedgewick, who hails from Pennsylvania, will be flying big quad-stacked kites, circle kites, and more.

In addition to the kite shows, a “Mass Ascension” will take place following a big countdown at 3 p.m. on Saturday. During the event, hundreds of kites will flood the skies. The festival will also have food stalls, games, crafts, cars on display, a face painter, business and nonprofit booths, and entertainment from the Kilted Magician, The Blaine Fowler Experience, and Animal Magic, which will present exotic animal magic and story shows. Children who are attending the festival will also get a free kite to customize, decorate, and fly.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday General admission is free, and parking is $5.

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