April 3rd, 2015 - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival
At Cape Henlopen State Park on Good Friday, April 3, 2015
*Note new later starting time*
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 on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. For the past several years, event organizers have noticed that more people are arriving later. This year, registrations will begin 30 minutes later - 9:30 a.m. and the competitions will begin at 10:30 a.m. By beginning the competitions later, it hopefully will be warmer which should encourage more entrants and spectators to participate in this popular rite of spring.
There is no entry fee for competitors. The competitions are in three age categories: Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17 and Adults-18 & older. Within each age category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying — home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite. The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch. Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park - $4 per car for Delaware license tags and $8 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at no cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.
For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.
There is no advance registration. Entrants can register on the field beginning at 9:30 a.m. and throughout the morning on Friday, April 3. The Children’s and Teen’s competitions take place from 10:30 a.m. to approximately Noon followed by the awards ceremony for the morning competitions. The Highest Kite Competition begins immediately after the morning awards ceremony. The Adult Competitions, Open Individual Ballet and Individual Precision Competitions follow in the afternoon. The awards ceremony for the afternoon competitions concludes the day’s activities. Note that the times may vary according to weather conditions and the number of competitors.