Go fly a kite at Cedar Creek Battlefield

STRASBURG – The Cedar Creek Foundation welcomes area residents to experience the old-fashioned delight of flying a kite on Saturday at its second annual Kite Flying Day.

Patrick Kehoe, Cedar Creek Battlefield manager, said he hopes this year’s event will be a big success. Due to inclement weather, last year’s event was rescheduled, making attendance lower than expected. This year Kehoe said with the weather forecasting temperatures in the lower 60s that turnout should be great.

“We started this event with the idea of bringing an awareness to the battlefield,” he explained. “And secondly, we want residents to enjoy the national parks that surround them.”

Kehoe said during a brain-storming session over two years ago that he and the board decided on Kite Flying Day because it reminded him of yesteryears.

“When I was a kid, we flew kites on local farms,” he said. “It’s the ultimate carefree pastime and the sheer definition of fun.”

Saturday’s event will include awards for the best homemade kite. Kehoe said a 6 year old won last year.

“She was passing through from Ohio and learned about our event,” he said. “She went straight to her hotel room, made her box kite and was at the battlefield first thing in the morning. Never mind her kite never flew.”

Other awards will include highest-flying kite and the ultimate Charlie Brown prize, which Kehoe said he’s looking forward to.

Prizes include restaurant gift cards, free pizza and toys.

“We decided on the battlefield due to its open pastures and lack of electrical lines,” he said. “That way the kids can run and watch their kites fly in the wind.”

The Shawnee Ruritan will also be onsite selling food and drinks, and a limited number of kites will be available for sale.

“The potential for a kite flying day was out there,” he said. “So we took it. And we plan to make this an annual event.”

If You Go

When: 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Saturday.

Where: Cedar Creek Battlefield, 8437 Valley Pike.

Admission: Free.