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Former Bel Air Kite Festival coordinator passes leadership torch, stays involved in 'helping mode'

Former Bel Air Kite Festival coordinator passes leadership torch, stays involved in 'helping mode'

Allen Ault might have stepped down as the long-serving coordinator of the annual Bel Air Kite Festival, but that did not keep the festival co-founder away from the Rockfield Park fields Saturday for the 11th annual Kite Festival.

"I'm just here in a helping mode," a smiling Ault said.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the festival, which Ault started in 2006 with the help of the late Paul Hines, a fellow kite enthusiast, and Bel Air's former town administrator, Chris Schlehr.

Ault, 80, stepped down as coordinator after the 2015 festival, but he planned to stay involved as a volunteer. Michael Krantz, Bel Air's town clerk and director of administration,...

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