By Anne Eickstadt

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
Huge kites filled the sky at Prairie Fields Sports Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.


The second year of the Up in the Air event, previously, known as the Family Kite Fly was bigger and better than ever on Saturday, Sept. 7.

“We are pleased with the turnout today,” said Betheny Kopera of the Belvidere Park District. “This year we have added an inflatable zip line, axe throwing, an aerialist, a trackless train, and more community vendors, and food vendors. We have partnered with several organizations, one being the Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum. Also, Chicago Kite who gathered all the kiters – sports and fantasy kite flyers.

“We have a full day of events planned kite flying demos, disc golf, tie dye bags, t-shirt launcher. Inflatable zip line, trackless train, water balloon launcher, axe throwing, trapeze aerialist, learn Quidditch, air guitar contest, a glow party, and visits from the BPD mascot and the Ice Hogs Hammy.

In the Performance Kite flying area, Darryl Waters, kite flyer, said, “I have been flying kites since I was a little kid. As I got bigger, so did the kites. Today, I am flying the alien space ship kite. It is air inflated. The wind fills it up, it takes shape, takes off, and starts flying. The big kites are made in New Zealand by a company that specializes in giant kites. I am from Holland, Michigan. They asked me to come today so I came all the way out here to fly kites.”

Prairie Fields Sports Park, 1111 Fairgrounds Road, was sectioned off for the various events occurring during the day. One portion was marked for the public to fly their kites. One section was marked for the water balloon-throwing event with a large slingshot and targets; another had inflatable bounce houses and the inflatable zip line, and a large section was marked for the Performance Area, which held the large kites and stunt kites. This was done to ensure everyone’s safety. The big kites require…

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