August 18, 2015

Terrific Territories

Deb Cooley Tuminia, Day Coordinator

Terrific Tuesday Top Team: This competition becomes more popular every year. Teams are limited to 10 members.   Points are still earned for each of the activities on Tuesday’s schedule. Each entrant earns points for participating, in addition to the points earned for winning or placing in individual and team events. Clubs, family groups – any group of people who choose to “bond” for the day – may register to accumulate points throughout the day. The winner will earn the right to fly the “Top Team” banner until next year. The winner will be announced at noon on Wednesday.


Camera Workshop

9:30 a.m., Activities Tent

Lee LaFollette, a local photographer extraordinaire has generously donated his time for a workshop giving tips on how to take good pictures of kites. This will take place in the Activities Tent on the north side of the Bolstad approach across from the flagpole


Photo Walk

   Immediately following the Camera Workshop, there will be a Photo Walk conducted by Alexa King. Sign up will be at the Activities Tent and space is restricted. You will go with a registered kite flier and practice what Lee La Follette has taught! Pictures are then uploaded to a photo website to share.

Pun Fun

During this event, different types of kites will be flown together in one area. The idea is to present a pleasant visual display in the sky by putting up many kites of a designated type at the same time. Some of the categories lend themselves to allowing a visual pun to occur in the air. A point will be given for each kite flown that fits the category. Points will be credited toward winning the Top Team Banner. There will be 20 to 30 minutes dedicated to flying each type of kite, depending on the number of participants. Field crews will begin counting five minutes after the scheduled start time. Flyers are requested to fly their kites until the announcement is made that all kites have been counted. Ten minutes between categories will be allowed to provide time for assembling and disassembling kites.


Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend: Fly your diamond kites, big and small. Earn an extra point if the flyer at the end of the line is a “girl.” Five bonus points to be awarded to the largest diamond kite on the field.

Delta Dawn & Hapi Together: All deltas and delta derivatives to the field, please. Is there a flower on your delta? That’ll earn you an extra point. Everyone wearing a hapi coat will earn an additional point.

Saturday Night’s All Right for Fightin’: Well, so is Tuesday afternoon. Bring on the fighter kites!!

Pillow Talk: All soft “pillowy” kites are invited to the flying field – no sticks allowed! An extra point will be awarded to flyers brave enough to wear their slippers or a night cap on the field.

Crazy: We’re crazy to think these would ever fly! Bring out your circoflexes, freeform kites, asymmetrical kites, character kites, etc. An extra point will be awarded to anyone wearing a crazy hat. The craziest hat will be awarded 5 bonus points.

Let’s do the Twist: (things that spin round and round) This category invites kiters to dig out anything that spins. It can be spin socks, kites with spinning parts, banners with spinning parts, sport kites, fighter kites, designs that spin, etc. You must have a convincing story for the judges if your entry is pushing the theme. The more imaginative, the more likely you are to earn extra points for creativity.


Club Camps

Registration closes at 10:00 a.m., Judging from 11:00 a.m. – NoonA “club camp” is a ground display, set up by a particular team. This can include ground art, banners, flags, tents, kites “at rest,” people, pets – use your imagination. Judging is based on color coordination, artistic merit, innovation and overall presentation. Judges probably can be influenced by the presence of things like chocolate and other edibles.

Totally Tubular

10:00 a.m., Field A

Tuesday is “tube day” (No, not the TV). Bring your tubes. Tubes can be as beautiful as kites, so bring them and show us how. Anything that attaches to a kite line and inflates and is semi-round qualifies as a tube. Examples are chains, men, spiky balls, spin socks, even drogues.

Categories are as follows:

  • The Tail Wags the Dog. This category judges how well your tube tail enhances your kite.
  • Spin Me Around ‘til I’m Dizzy. We’re looking for tubes that spin or move.
  • Trick Tubes. Does your tube make another shape, such as a chain?
  • Go Figure. Two or more tubes flown together in concert, such as a train of koi, helix tubes, etc.
  • Best of Show.


Individual Rokkaku Battle

Pilots meeting 10:30 a.m., Battle at 1:30 p.m., Fields A & B  

The individual Rokkaku Battle will feature traditional shaped Japanese Rokkaku battle kites. All participating kites may be no larger than four (4) feet. No Kevlar or cutting line may be used. The judges may disqualify a kite if the construction materials appear to be unsafe. Other safety regulations may be announced if deemed necessary. Gloves must be worn; hard hats are optional.   All kites and line are to be provided by the contestant. The battle will be run in as many heats as time allows. Line length will be limited to 150 feet. During competition, contestants may move about the entire field. A grounded kite must be removed from the field immediately. Kites may not be grounded by intentional physical contact between contestants or between contestants and an opposing kite or line.   Only contestants and staff may be on the field during the battle.

     Scoring: Last kite in the air … 5 points

Next to last kite …… 4 points

Second to last …….. 3 points

Every contestant will get 1 point for each kite that they down.

Remember to have fun and that the judges’ word is final.

Extra points for lights on your hard hat and also for boxing gloves.

 Team Rokkaku Battle

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fields A & B   Pilot’s meeting at 3:00 p.m.

This is a team competition, giving teams a chance to demonstrate their skills as a group. The objective is to knock or cut other kites out of the sky using your team’s kites. Gloves are required. AKA competition rules will be used. In order to ensure the safety and maximize the enjoyment of the teams, the following rules will be strictly enforced.

  1. A team consists of at least three members. They must fly a traditional Rokkaku (hexagonal) shaped kite. All team members must be on the flying field at the beginning of the competition. The addition of team members from outside the field will result in immediate disqualification and removal of the team from the field. All team members must be holding on to their kite line during the entire competition. Failure to hold on to the line will result in disqualification of the team. Team members must avoid body contact with opposing team members and their lines. Any obvious attempt to make such contact will result in disqualification.
  2. Sharp objects connected to the line will result in disqualification. Any attempt to cut an opposing team’s line with a knife or other sharp object carried onto the field by a competitor will result in disqualification.
  3. Members of teams that have been forced down or disqualified must leave the field immediately. They may not make any attempt to interfere with the remaining teams.
  4. Any team observed not engaging for a 30 second period will be given a 30 second warning. They will be timed by a judge and disqualified if contact is not made. Teams will also be timed for contact on a random basis.
  5. The judges may stop the competition at any time by sounding a whistle or horn. All competitors must stop in place at the sound. It is expected that this will only occur when an injury has occurred or an unsafe condition is felt to exist on the field.

This event is usually run in several heats, with scoring determined by the finishing places of the teams in each heat. The event director will determine the number of heats based on the available time and the condition of the fliers. The judge’s word is final!