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April 29, 2012

Rosebud Kite Festival with “The Hoff”

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 6:11 pm
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My brother in law Gary loves kites and between my sister Heather, and Gary they have a few sport kites (a sport kite is fairly maneuverable, controlled by two lines and flown with both hands). Earlier in the year, Heather, Gary and I headed off to the Rosebud Kite Festival. Who’d have thought that they’d have a festival of kites? But then why not, because they have festivals for everything!

Not really knowing what to expect, I figured why not go, because at the least I get to spend some time with them, plus I also get a trip to the beach! There were literally hundreds of kites there, in all shapes and sizes. The kids could make their own, there were demos, plenty of entertainment and of course plenty of trade sites.

We got there just in time to see the Roulette plane (I think it was the roulette) do some tricks – and yes, all the kites had to come in while he did his stuff! Took me a while to realise that a couple of the kites that I’d thought were flying too close to each other were part of a “stack” and the job of the lead (or highest kite) is to fly high and keep the huge kites off the ground! No wonder it took so long to get them in when the roulette was flying over!

After the action of the plane, “The Hoff” was about to make his appearance! For those of you who are a bit younger, you probably don’t remember a show called Baywatch, with David Hasslehoff (The Hoff). It was set on the beaches of California, and of course had the obligatory person needing rescuing every show. A few kites had broken their lines, but one was not far from shore and in the line of a few jet skis, so cue the baywatch music, a “Hoff” equivalent and a rescue was made! The kite was saved from drowning – and maybe we had a new “Hoff” in the making!

A tiger, blue whale and sting ray were a few of the more unusual, very cool kites on show. Those kites were absolutely huge, with heaps of lines anchoring them to a vehicle. No doubt they’d drag quite a few men away with them if they weren’t.

Anyway, here’s a few pics of the day!

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