APOLLO BEACH – This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the skies above Apollo Beach Nature Park will be filled with flying objects of all shapes and sizes. It’s time for the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee’s seventh annual Kite Fest and more than 100 kids and family members are expected to participate.
“This event is all about children,” said Mary Lou Luce, committee president and festival host. “It’s a family affair, where parents and grandparents can get outdoors with their kids and play. We hope everyone will come and join us.”
As always the committee will furnish free kites, hot dogs, watermelon, cookies and beverages. Younger children can color their kites alone or with help from their parents, while older kids can assemble their kites themselves. Either way it’s a fun way for parents to coach and encourage their children, Luce said. Some adults, like Cyndi Taggert of Apollo Beach, bring along their own kites.
“I’m 67, and I go to fly my kite,” she said at last year’s event. “I enjoy it; it makes me feel like a kid again.”
The Kite Fest began in 2008 as the finale to Apollo Beach’s 50th anniversary celebration. At that time the committee’s goal was to get 50 kites in the air at the same time. Over the years participation has doubled, even though promotion of the event is strictly low key. Fliers go out to local elementary schools and recreation centers.
Otherwise it’s word of mouth.
The event includes a drawing for a professional kite. Admission is free.
The nonprofit Apollo Beach Beautification Committee raises funds by hosting a couple of annual fundraisers to pay for the kites, maintain flower boxes along Apollo Beach Boulevard, display patriotic banners over holidays and decorate the community for Christmas.
The park is at 6760 Surfside Blvd, Apollo Beach. To make a donation or learn more, call Luce at (813) 645-2267.