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Wheaton kite-flying event 'perfect way to kick off spring'

Wheaton celebrates spring with annual kite-flying event Saturday

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  • The Wheaton Park District is hosting its annual Go Fly a Kite event at Graf Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

      The Wheaton Park District is hosting its annual Go Fly a Kite event at Graf Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • The annual Go Fly a Kite event in Wheaton will include a grand launch at 11 a.m., when all the participants will fly their kites at the same time.

      The annual Go Fly a Kite event in Wheaton will include a grand launch at 11 a.m., when all the participants will fly their kites at the same time.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • The Wheaton Park District's annual Go Fly a Kite event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Graf Park.

      The Wheaton Park District's annual Go Fly a Kite event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Graf Park.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Video: Chicago Fire Kite Team

 
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Wheaton Park District officials are hoping to break a record this year by having more than 843 kites in the sky at the same time during the Go Fly a Kite! event.

Guests are welcome to make a kite, fly a kite and watch the professional Chicago Fire Kite Team put on a kite show during the free event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

The Grand Launch at 11 a.m. is when participants will fly their kites simultaneously in an attempt to break the record.

A contest for most unusual kite is new this year. Judges will announce the winner at 1 p.m.

There will also be family friendly games, kites for sale, concessions and a business vendor expo at the event.

"After the long winter, this annual kite event is the perfect way to kick off spring," Kristina Nemetz, supervisor of special events for the Wheaton Park District, said in a news release.

For information, or to register for the kite record, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com/goflyakite or call (630) 510-5064.

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