Bel Air Kite Day scheduled for Saturday, April 14

The windy weather lately will be more appreciated than normal Saturday by attendees at the annual Bel Air Kite Day, which is held in accordance with National Kite Month.

The typically well-attended event at Rockfield Park, 501 Churchville Road in Bel Air, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is free and open to all ages.

As organizer Allen Ault pointed out Monday, that goes from newborn babies to 100-year-old people.

"We're all kids out there flying kites and having a good time," Ault said.

This year, they will have approximately 250 kites to give out, one per child, Ault said, adding that they give the kites away as long as the supply lasts.

This year's kites are "really nice" and include a case, he said.

One kite that may be missing from the sky this year is Ault's 135-foot long, custom built Baltimore Ravens kite.

The tails are the longest part, but the kite itself is roughly 50-square-feet, he said. He is typically too busy helping the children who attend to fly his own kite.

In addition to the free kites, people will be there from the Wings Over Washington Kite Club, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union and Domino's Pizza. Although the event starts at 10 a.m., Ault said people start showing up around 9 a.m. and come and go throughout the day.

As soon as they get set up, they begin to hand out the kites. The main goal of Kite Day for the various people involved, including the credit union and town of Bel Air, is to have a good time, Ault added.

"We just think it's really nice to have a good fun day, and that's all we're looking for," he said.

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