Great Delaware Kite Festival 2013 – Lewes, DE
The Great Delaware Kite Festival, co-sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, takes place at Cape Henlopen State Park on Good Friday, March 29, 2013. This year’s event will be dedicated in memory of former Lt. Governor Gene Bookhammer who founded the event 45 years ago when he was asked by Governor Peterson to participate in a kite flying contest with a Maharajah from Bharatpur, India. Mr. Bookhammer passed away, February 23 at the age of 94. Over the years, he continued to attend the festival as a spectator and for the past 24 years has sponsored the Best All Around award plaque named in his honor. At the conclusion of this year’s festival, Mr. Bookhammer’s family will be in attendance to present the Bookhammer award.
Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park – $4 per car for Delaware license tags and $8 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.
For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.
Please visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce for additional details and schedule of competitions.