Had a good time at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Kite Festival. Here are some photos and a video:http://youtu.be/p41KgUKvDFwhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/timothymcmackin/sets/72157629983365947/
Day 1 was on Virginia Beach, right on the boardwalk with lots of people walking by. That was neat -- I'd never flown with hundreds of people around before. The city fenced off three areas of the beach: one for big kites, one for sport kite demos, and one for free-for-all flying. (Maybe this is standard for big festivals, but it was the first time for me, after going to some smaller festivals in the fall.) Terry from Kitebus clearly had everything organized: there was a solid sound system, a kite-making tent, side-entertainment like face-painters and balloon twisters, and it just seemed that everyone knew what was going on and what needed to be done.
Pity that we had only about 3 mph winds on saturday. The big guys (as you can see from the video) didn't get in the air, but we had lots of UL sport kites flying, including some impressive quad SUL flying by the Tennessee Wind Militia.
Sunday was at Portsmouth City Park, where the wind was blowing in off the bay. We had much stronger wind, though it was a bit choppy thanks to trees and other obstructions. Still, the big guys got into the air, and we got a good crowd of people to build kites and generally enjoy themselves.
See you next time!