CLEAR SPRING-The first kites took to the air more than 2,000 years ago, the Chinese having learned to create the sail, bridle and string from silk and the frame from strips of bamboo.
On Saturday, Matt Koebel and Jared Henry put together simple kites for children using modern equivalents - plastic trash bags, dowel rods, masking tape and string. April is National Kite Month, but the last day of March brought families out to the Fairview Outdoor Education Center for its fourth annual Kite Festival.
"They're so light," Matt said of the kites.
"They're guaranteed to fly," said Jared, finishing the sentence.
And indeed they did. Children and adults decorated kites in rainbow colors with ink markers, while others brought their own or used kites provided by the center, ranging from traditional triangular models to kites with streaming tails 20 feet or more in length.
Colorful kites fought to gain altitude under gray skies against an inconsistent wind.