HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Spring is almost in the air -- and thousands of kites will be too at the Kite Festival and Tastes and Sounds of Henrico County this weekend at Dorey Park.
Meteorologist Andrew Freiden has a preview of an event that should hit the spot if you are clamoring to get outside after a long, cold winter.
The Kite Festival has been growing for years -- Saturday from 10 to 4 p.m., Dorey Park is the place to be if you have kids. Pack them up and head over there, you might just ignite a lifelong passion.
"Building kites originally I thought would be much cheaper than buying them off the shelf...turns out, I keep building them and it ends up more expensive," said Will Sturdy.
Five or six years ago, Sturdy attended the Kite Festival, and now this 17-year-old is a world renowned expert flier and this year's grand champion kite builder -- the best in the country.
We caught up with Will on a day with virtually no wind. He was still able to get the kite airborne, and show off some tricks. Will can make the kite do anything you can think of... even do flips and twists.
And on a calm day like that, his muscles provide the lift to keep the kite in the air.
He was flying a superultralight kite -- one made for winds 5mph or less. But at this Saturday's kite day, you'll see all sizes, shapes and colors.
"There are generally a couple hundred to a couple thousand people just flying kites," he said.
Charles Stonestreet with the Richmond Air Force Kite Club looks forward to March every year -- it's his club's chance to teach people about the hobby he loves.
"Imagine air is like water then you have a kite slightly tilted when you pull it toward you, it lifts the kite, it just slides up the winds, and that's all there is too it," he said.
As they fly all types of kites this weekend, Charles is hoping some child will catch the bug, and grow up to be the next grand champion from Central Virginia.
The Richmond Kite Festival has been growing for years. Dorey Park is the place to be if you have kids. Pack them up and head over there, you might just ignite a lifelong passion. If you have any questions, call 501-5121.