Today’s winds lent helping hand at MetroParks kite fest

Kite enthusiasts braved today’s cold and wicked wind to take part in Mill Creek MetroParks’ kite flying festival.

The MetroParks teams up with the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites for the event, which takes place at the MetroParks Farm every other year.

The main attraction, of course, was kite flying. Colorful lizards, sharks and other kite animals could be seen soaring from down the road.

Carol Vigorito, MetroParks recreation and education director, said the festival has been hosted by the park for decades.

“It’s just a fun way to provide entertainment and show people a pastime that most people aren’t acquainted with as much anymore,” she said.

Children built and decorated their own kite or glider at one of the workshops inside, with kits provided by OSEK.

Some put their skills to the test with wind sprints and high-flying contests.

Cheri Pyles of Lordstown said she has been coming to the festival for the last several years.

“I’m really glad they do it; it’s a great way to bring families together,” she said.

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