Are you looking for a high flying adventure that the whole family will love? Make your way down to Atlantic View Hotel this spring and take part in the 48th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival! Held on Good Friday at Cape Henlopen State Park, this day-long event involves kite flying competitions and games for kids as well as an array of delicious foods and unique goods from local vendors. What more could you ask for in a Friday afternoon?
Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, the Great Delaware Kite Festival remembers a kite flying spectacular that took place in 1969 when the Maharajah of Bharatput, India challenged the Governor of Delaware to a duel. This wasn’t your ordinary duel though. It was a duel of kites where the strings were coated in abrasive sand, giving them the ability to cut down their opponent. Lieutenant Governor Gene Bookhammer took the Governor’s place in the contest, defeating the Maharajah both in 1969 and during the rematch in 1970.
Nowadays, the kite festival gives people of all ages the chance to compete, with three age divisions and a few unique award opportunities. Each flyer can make their own kite or purchase one on-site before registering for their divisional competition at the field. Registration is free and special awards will be given to the youngest and oldest flyers, smallest and largest kites and more.
This winter, spend some time creating kites with your children and book your stay at the Atlantic View Hotel to get ready for the Great Delaware Kite Festival. We can’t wait to see you and your kite creations here!