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Kite fans set to fill skies with color over DeKalb

DEKALB - Colorful kites of all sizes and types will fill the skies with whimsical and magical creations at the third annual DeKalb Kite Festival Sunday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many featured kites defy description, including “fighting kites” and a head-turning display of three 90-foot-long octopus kites called octophile. Other kites will include stunt and dancing kites, Mimi the Pink Ladybug, Teddy Bear, owl, manta ray and cat kites. Kite Fest 2008 will be held in the field of NIU’s North 40, at Lucinda Avenue and Kishwaukee Drive, DeKalb, near Annie’s Woods and Anderson Hall. Admission is free, with VIP parking $3. Building on the success of the past two years, this family-oriented event will feature kite-making for children, a candy drop, TAILS animal petting, give-aways and games. Food will be provided by DeKalb Elks Lodge 765. Other organizations participating include the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; DeKalb Park District; and Art Attack. Some of the area’s best kite-fliers and kite-builders will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their skills. DeKalb Kite Fest 2008 offers plenty of space for participants to fly their own kites. Bring a kite, make a kite or buy a kite at the event from Kite Harbor Kite Shop. Spectators are invited to bring a chair to sit back and enjoy watching the sky fill with color. Food and water will be available for purchase. Also, WLBK will conduct a live broadcast from the kite field. There also will be a raffle for some great prizes, including six tickets to NIU football, an appearance by Victor E. Huskie at an event of your choice, and Huskie basketball tickets. Raffle chances are $1 each or six for $5 (must be 18 or older). You need not be present that day to win, so call 815-756-1336 if you’d like to participate. “With so much to do and so many ways to participate, we hope folks will take time to enjoy all that we have in store for you,” said Debbie Armstrong of the DeKalb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. David Gomberg, of the American Kite Association, encourages participating in this fun event. "If you haven't seen what modern kiting is all about, you really need to get out to a festival like DeKalb’s and check out the shapes, the colors and the amazing things people are doing in the sky," he said. Sponsors of the event include OC Imageworks, KishHealth System/Kishwaukee Community Hospital, AIM Immediate Care, 1360AM WLBK Radio, National Bank & Trust Company, Northern Illinois University Athletics, NIU Media Services, The Gardens of RiverMist, NI Publishing, DeKalb Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau and DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Kite Fest 2008, call the DeKalb Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, 815-756-1336, or visit www. dekalbareacvb.com.

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