I had always wanted to go to the Kite Festival since I moved to Roanoke about… I don’t know, eight years ago? But for some reason we never made it out there until this weekend! The weather was absolutely perfect and beautiful with sunny skies and a warm breeze. Perfect kite flying conditions, too.
The Kite Festival is basically a big, open field with a few vendors set up, a huge marked-off section where professional kite flyers perform, and a bunch of families just having fun flying kites. Super low key and relaxed.
Vada picked out a silly, pink jellyfish kite (probably because it looks like a Yo Gabba Gabba character) and we went off to the widest open space we could find to fly it! I was kind of nervous because I had never flown a kite before. Yeah, what the hell? I mean, I tried a million times to make kites and fly them in the backyard when I was a kid, but that was pretty much just me running back and forth through the yard as fast as I could dragging some taped up trash by a string… So I was kind of nervous and excited. I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to get it to fly, and extra worried that our kite would get tangled up with some serious, legit kite flyer’s kite that was 400 feet in the air and they would try to kill us. (There are some serious kite flyers.)
We got our little pink jellyfish into the air no problem and it was awesome! Kite flying can be super relaxing but also a fun little challenge when the wind starts to die down and your kite starts to fall. I brought some snacks and we spent about an hour out there having a little picnic and taking turns with the kite. Greg got super serious about it (boys…) and wouldn’t leave until he got it high enough to let all the string out ( ! ) which I doubted he could do, but he proved me wrong. (Go Greg!)
We packed up when it got close to nap time, hit up the Earth Day Festival a few blocks from our house for a few minutes, and made it home just before the rain came. It was such a nice time, like something I’d imagine when I was young, dreaming about what it would be like when I had my own family someday. The perfect day. ♥