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Author Topic: Lake Harriet 12th annual kite festival Mpls., Mn.  (Read 702 times)
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« on: January 20, 2013, 11:05 AM »

As you can see, the day started out splendid! A fine winter day with temps just above freezing. The big dogs, up from Clear Lake Iowa, were getting in the air and it promised to be a great day for a winter fly...









Mr. Kite did the honors for MC...

Barbara Meyers had a large swatch of color in the air...

Long about 1:30 (the event started at noon) the predicted front arrived bringing in the clouds and, eventually, sustained winds of 30+ mph with gusts approaching 50. With the lack of snow cover on the ice, it became a real challenge to to hold your footings and, as you might imagine, the kite shredding and line snapping commenced.
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

All in all, folks had a lot of fun and the lake was grinnin' ear to ear  Smiley Smiley Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013, 11:18 PM »

How many of those big dogs broke free before they could get them down?  I can't imagine a sutton 250 or 500 or even that little 120 sled would stay anchored long in those winds.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 08:05 AM »

How many of those big dogs broke free before they could get them down?  I can't imagine a sutton 250 or 500 or even that little 120 sled would stay anchored long in those winds.

It was probably a good thing that they weren't up too high, and, they were close in to the tree line so they didn't catch the full force of the wind. Perhaps they heeded the wind forecast.  Shocked  Wink

The RWB one in the background did get buffeted down and went whipping across the ice. Luckily, shouts to get down were heard and only one fella was clipped on the chin by the flying line. I wrestled that one into a soaked wad of fabric (it was close to 40 degrees by then and the lake had some standing water) The other flyers quickly got it in their heads that it was time to haul 'um down. Mitch Kiel, his friend Richard and Barbara Meyers husband had their hands full getting her sled down (two big guys on the pulley and another struggling with the line behind 'em) Didn't see what the others were going through but everybody's anchors held.
"All's well that ends well" Smiley Smiley Smiley 
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 01:38 PM »

ive been around that lake a few times growing up Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 03:39 PM »

Well, in a conversation with Mr. Kite this afternoon, he elaborated on some of the havoc the wind raised as I was making my own way across the ice in 30 + mph. winds...
The main tent went for a rid across the lake along the his own canopy AND, AND a father lost control of his stroller (2 youngsters inside  Sad) which took off across the lake  Shocked Shocked Shocked
A young gal and her father on skates chased it down and saved the day  Smiley Smiley Smiley
Here's the link to a short video clip:
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/01/21/video-stroller-with-2-babies-inside-blown-across-ice/
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2013, 06:39 PM »

Hmm Stroller Kite...have to add that one to the project list  Tongue.  Got to give a thumbs up to the little girl though for the save.
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