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Mar 9, 2012

Let’s go fly a kite!

The annual kite festival dates back as far as 1975, but support for the event has dwindled over the years. It’s a Belizean tradition that Bowen and Bowen is hoping to revive through a partnership with Benny’s that was formed last year. The two companies have collaborated once again to make the kite fest more than just a competition; but a day of activities for the entire family. The competition is for handmade kites only, so this year workshops on the art of kite-making were held countrywide to encourage increased participation. David Craig of Bowen and Bowen told News Five that there’s no better way to spend this Sunday.

David Craig, Sales/Marketing Mgr., Non-Alcoholic Division, Bowen & Bowen

“This Sunday, March the eleventh, starting from about eleven o’clock in the morning and going until four o’clock, this area and this sky above us will be filled with a dazzling array of kites of all different shapes and sizes. It’s the second annual Bowen and Bowen kite festival done in conjunction with Benny’s. It’s a unique collaboration of two private sector companies and we’re very happy to be able to present this to the city of Belize. This year, it’s going to be a truly national event because we had spent almost two months before, getting training and workshops done in a lot of the districts along with the aid of NICH and a Peace Corp volunteer by the name of Jane Hulse and our kite master who we found. And this kite master has gone out with these people to all the districts and conducted kite workshops. We also recently did thirteen kite workshops in Belize at the different schools. So we expect really good participation this year and it will be a truly national contest.”

Delahnie Bain

David Craig

“What are these kites being judged on?”

David Craig

“Craftsmanship, design aerodynamics and of course kite handling; how the kite handler can actually make the kite move or do different things with the kite and how quickly he can put it up in the air. It is a competition and the prizes are really good. They are cash prizes—that’s what they asked for—and Benny’s will have some special gifts for everybody out here.”

Delahnie Bain

“And it’s junior and senior competitions?”

David Craig

“It’s junior and senior categories and of course you get best starry, best moony, most creative, largest kite, the best Coca-COLA kite, the best Ben the Builder kite. It’s gonna be several different categories within the major headings of junior and senior.  Certainly, we want the kites to come to participate in the competition but even if you’re not participating, you can come, it’s a family event, it’s sponsored by Coca-Cola, we love to do events such as this and we’re gonna have a tent set up just for workshops. So even if you don’t have a kite, you can bring your children, along with your child make a kite and be able to put it in the air and that is something really special and Bowen and Bowen and Benny’s is providing all the materials and craftsmanship and the training to do that. So we want everybody to come out, starting from eleven o’clock, going until four o’clock. Belize come on out; it’s going to be a real great day out here. There’s going to be entertainment, music, lots and lots of food, the Make a Wish Foundation will be here with food and we’re gonna have a cash bar of course. But it’s going to be a great day; great way to spend a Sunday.”

Governor General, Sir. Colville Young will officially open the festivities on Sunday morning.

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2 Responses for “Let’s go fly a kite!”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Kids don’t even build kites any more….A MAJOR PART OF WHAT IS WRONG with Belize now.

    How many kids know how to strip a Coconut leaf to make a kite frame???

    Bring back TOPS and MARBLES too for young boys…HAVE COMPETITIONS…GET THEM INVOLVED!!!

  2. mailman says:

    i agree with u 110% Earl Grey, thats a BIG problem in society in bze….i grew up there and we made our own kites and tops,

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