Windy conditions add to the fun of Aiken Kite Fest

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With plenty of breeze at her back, Anrenee Brown lifted her daughter's kite into the air.

Anrenee Brown helps her daughter, Indya, 3, fly a kite during Aiken Kite Fest.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Anrenee Brown helps her daughter, Indya, 3, fly a kite during Aiken Kite Fest.

Three-year-old Indya held the string of the Winnie-the-Pooh kite as it stayed aloft for a few minutes.

"We are having fun," said Ms. Brown, who had taken her daughter to the Aiken Kite Fest on April 19 at Perry Memorial Park.

During the four-hour event, children could make their own kites or fly those they already had. There was a moon bounce, an inflatable slide and a rock-climbing wall.

Members of the Suburban Atlanta Kite Enthusiasts flew larger kites.

Rhonda Patterson brought her two daughters, McKayla, 4, and McKenzie, 2, to the festival. They made their own paper kites.

"This is something they've never experienced that I experienced as a child," she said.

Alicia Davis, the recreation program coordinator with Aiken's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, called the event a success.

"The rain is trying to hold off, and we're happy it's been real windy," she said.

One of the big hits at the festival was the rock-climbing wall, she said.

The event was a first for the city, Ms. Davis said, and people seemed to enjoy it.

"We're already planning for next year's," she said. "We have some tweaks, but it's been going pretty smooth."

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