Zilker Kite Festival flies high

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News

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Posted on March 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 4:27 PM

AUSTIN -- More than 20,000 people headed out to Zilker Park Sunday for the 85th annual Zilker Kite Festival. 

The Austin skyline was accented with butterflies and ballerinas. Big faces and big bugs. 

Thousands of kites whipped through the air. 

For 85 years now, Austinities young and old, have gathered at Zilker Park for the Zilker Kite Festival. 

"The history of it goes all the way back. The Exchange Club of Austin has been sponsoring this for the 85 years in totality. And it started off as a little kite deal in Zilker Park and its just grown and grown and grown over the years," said Kite Festival spokesman Bobby Jenkins. 

Volunteers passed out kites to those who don't have them. 

Across the Great Lawn, kids made their own flying contraptions. 

And if a kite took a nose dive, the kite hospital was here to help. 

From fancy moves in the air, to fancy footwork, the crowd of thousands was taking on the latest dance craze to make this year's festival one for the books.

"Every year we've seen it get bigger and bigger and bigger and more kites and more family friendly. This is our Sunday fun-day and this is a wonderful way to spend time with our kids," said Sarah Mitchell.

But it's not just for kids. Richard and Marian Robertson have been coming to the festival for 51 years.

They've won several awards and even make kites for other contestants.

All of this kite flying isn't just for fun, the event raises money to help prevent child abuse.

"The kite festival benefits the Pebble Project of Communities in Schools of Central Texas. Our staff with the Pebble Project goes and does presentations with elementary school students," said John Duck.

An Austin tradition, that continues to fly high.

 

 

 

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