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Dave Olson, Published May 05 2012

14th Annual Kite Day lifts spirits

FARGO – The Fargo Park District’s 14th Annual Kite Day started slow Saturday afternoon, but the breeze and the spirits of participants soon picked up.

Jeff Heisler, recreation specialist with the Park District, estimated more than 300 people participated.

The oldest kite flyer was 81 and the youngest was 2, according to Heisler, who said he was pleased the wind finally made an appearance.

He feared this year would be a repeat of Kite Day 2011.

“Last year, there was no wind at all,” Heisler said.

Before a steady wind established itself Saturday at Ed Clapp Park, Beth Berg struggled a bit to keep her large kite in the air.

A veteran of many Park District Kite Days, Berg said she enjoys the simplicity of kites and the way they connect to nature.

Jerrett Orvik and his daughter, Greta, 5, had no problem keeping their kite aloft, but they didn’t let it soar very high.

“It has been hit and miss,” Jerrett Orvik said of the wind, though he added the day was an unqualified success.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

At about the same time, Heather and Jamie Jorissen were dealing with their kite’s sudden drop in altitude, causing it to collide with daughter Lila, 3.

No one was hurt and the butterfly shaped kite was soon back in the air.

It was the family’s first Kite Day, though they were out earlier this spring flying a less showy kite when a woman approached them with the butterfly kite.

“She said it was on her bucket list to fly a kite. She bought that (butterfly kite), flew it and just gave it to us,” Jamie Jorissen said.

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