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Maryland International Kite Expo this weekend in resort

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018
The 24th annual Maryland International Kite Exposition takes place today, Friday, through Sunday on the beach between Fourth and Sixth streets. Most events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which are open to the public and hosted by the Kite Loft.

(April 27, 2018) Lessons, shows and the Mid-Atlantic Stunt Kite championships highlight the 24th annual Maryland International Kite Exposition, which takes place today through Sunday on the beach between Fourth and Sixth streets.

The three-day festival draws thousands of visitors to the Ocean City Boardwalk for free activities, which are open to the public and hosted by the Kite Loft. Most events will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Kite flying is a great family activity at a low cost and it is for everyone,” said Jay Knerr, owner of the Kite Loft. “[It’s] for the very young or old and it gets you outdoors and active.”

The multi-faceted store always offers free lessons with the purchase of a kite, which will be taking place on Sixth Street all weekend long.

“We are giving free kite-flying lessons on single and dual line kites,” Knerr said. “We encourage people walking down the Boardwalk to join us. There is no cost. Come in and have fun.”

The Mid-Atlantic Stunt Kite championships will also take over the sky, including sport kite flyers and single line kites.

“The sport kites are dual line or four lines,” Knerr said. “It is interesting to see them fly side by side all in sync to music. It’s unbelievable. They are out there competing as individuals with specific movements in the air, have built a camaraderie and always put on a good show.”

Many local kite clubs from the Mid-Atlantic region will be participating in addition to aficionados from all over the world and United States.

“These groups have gotten to know other kite flyers and it’s a reunion,” Knerr said. “Anyone can do it. We have novice, intermediate and master’s categories. Buy a dual kite. We will give you a 15- to 20-minute lesson and then you will be hooked for life.”

A number of massive character and themed kites from private collections can also be seen flying in the sky throughout the weekend.

“There is always new stuff and giant kites out there this year,” Knerr said. “What is nice about these events is everyone here is willing to help with kite flying. It is a great place to go for someone who wants to get into a fun hobby and you can’t get a better family activity.”

For more information, call the Kite Loft at 410-289-7855 or visit www.kiteloft.com for a list of events.

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