August 22, 2014

DERMER DAY! Help celebrate the life of Richard Dermer by signing up an AKA member. You’ll find the AKA table near the First Aide Booth on the north side of the approach. Visit with Marti and Marla and they will sign you up for a membership. Remember to fly a kite today in memory of Richard!

All sport kite events are subject to change based on the weather and which individuals have registered.  So, there may be changes to this schedule.  Check with the Registration Tent for the final schedule or listen for the announcements.

Sport Kite Events

Fliers’ Meeting – 10a.m. at the Sound Booth

Experienced Individual Precision Competition 10:30 a.m., Field C

Junior Dual Line Precision   11:00 a.m., Field C

Novice Individual Precision – 11:30 a.m., Field A

Novice Individual Precision – 1:00 p.m., Field C

Open Pairs Ballet – 2:30 p.m., Field A

Mystery Ballet 3:00p.m., Field A


Mass Ascension #1– Deltas & Delta Derivatives

Barry Crites & Vic Eshpeter, Event Directors       10:30 a.m., Field A

Registration on Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at the Registration Tent. Part 1 of 4-piece pin for the first 240 fliers.

Junior Dual Control Competition

Linda & Bud Hayes, Event Directors 11:00 a.m., Field C

• Mandatory Pilots meeting at 10:00 a.m.

• Must be 14 year old or younger

• Contestants will furnish their own kite

• The event and time may be modified or canceled depending on the wind and/or weather. Please listen for announcements or check the registration tent.

• Three compulsory figures will be flown: a square, circle, and vertical figure eight

Pin Challenge

Barry Crites & Vic Eshpeter, Event Directors       11:30 a.m., Activities Tent
30 largest pin collections will be awarded a pin


Mass Ascension #2 – Cellular Kites

Barry Crites & Vic Eshpeter, Event Directors    1:00 p.m., Field A
Registration on Thursday, 10:00 a.m., at the Registration Tent. Part 2 of 4-piece pin for the first 240 fliers.

Mystery Ballet   Northwest Sport Kite League (NWSKL)

3:00 p.m., Field A

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Single line, dual and quad fliers put their flying to a real test. In other stunt kite competitions, fliers have practiced and practiced a routine to a song of their choice. But, in this event, fliers will not know what song they will be flying to until the music starts. This usually leads to fresh kite dancing that is a favorite among kite fliers and audience alike.

All songs will be 2–4 minutes in length. A variety of music will be presented. The contestant’s flight order will determine the song that will be their accompaniment.   The flight order will be determined by drawing numbers at the mandatory fliers meeting. With a few exceptions, rules from the AKA rulebook will be followed. This event is only for fun, so if a field is a little small or a rule is twisted to fit the situation, it is okay.

A panel of judges will score each contestant on the following criteria:

45% Technical: The variety and the difficulty of maneuvers and how well they are executed.

45% Choreography: How well the flier performs to the music.

45% RESPONSE: How well the flier “wows” the crowd. Make some noise for your favorite flier!


Lighted Kite Night Fly

7:30 p.m. Mandatory Fliers Meeting. 8:00 p.m., Field A


All participants should be registered before 4:00 p.m. on Friday. There will be a flier’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Field A. Wind permitting, each flier will be allowed a two (2) minute fly with music provided by the event directors. While this is not a formally judged event, there will be some ribbons presented for special effort. Kites may be shown on the ground and/or in the air. Assistants will be available to help stage entering and exiting. All kites enter the flying field from the north and exit to the south. Staging will be inside the east edge of the field. Have fun and fly safely.

FIREWORKS will follow the Lighted Night Fly. (Approximately 9:45 p.m.)