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Day totally perfect for kites in Waynesboro

April 14, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If you ask 8-year-old Julia Roberts, the trick to flying a kite is really good wind.

And the breeze at Renfrew Park on Saturday for the 14th annual Fun Fly?

"Oh my gosh, like totally perfect," she said.

The totally perfect sky over Renfrew Museum and Park held dozens of brightly colored kites Saturday that were flown by kite enthusiasts young and old.

Bill Flohr of Waynesboro started hosting the Fun Fly in 1994.

He wanted to give people who shared his love of kites a wide-open space where they could fly.

Over the past 14 years, the event has changed to become the small group of children and adults who can't help but smile when the kite dances in the sky, Flohr said.

As for getting the kite in the sky, Julia said it's very easy.

"All you have to do is lift it off," she said. "You can run and it will go right up."

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Flohr said it is a matter of finding the right kite for the right wind.

The rest is up to the kite.

"If you have the right kite, it will just pop up in the air," he said.

Not everyone who came to the kite fly had a kite. Some needed to make one at the kite-making workshop that Flohr and his wife, Twila, taught earlier in the day.

Julia and her 10-year-old sister, Maria Roberts, have made nearly 30 kites in the last few years, but the girls still went to the workshop to make one more.

Maria said it is as easy to make a kite as to fly one.

"Usually, all you need is paper or a garbage bag, some sticks and some tape," she said.

Julia said she made her kite Saturday out of a garbage bag.

"And it flies," she said.

No matter what kind of kite was in the air, the one holding firmly to the thin, white string was having all the fun, Flohr said.

"For me, (the fun) is in taking something you might not expect to fly, like cloth and string, and watching it go up," he said.

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