I was a Live Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Dulles Annex, Udvar-Hazy Center,
March 25, 2006

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blossom Kite Festival 2011

As of 2011, the Smithsonian Kite Festival has become the Blossom Kite Festival, part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Capital Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association has been displaying gliders and talking up our sport for at least 15 years that I know of.

We realize that the effort doesn't really recruit many (any?) new students for the sport. However, it is a lot of fun to put a positive PR effort out in front of a huge crowd. We even let kids hang under a glider - more photo ops than you can imagine. Look for kids under the glider on Facebook, Flickr, or whereever.

Chis T and Matt I get the booth set up before the crowds arrive

Showing off my glider.

Gary D talks up the sport with festival visitors

Mark C and Chris T explaining hang gliding and paragliding at the booth

Matt I and Chris T ready at the gliders waiting for the crowds

Paraglider kiting on the practice field

Kites in the sky over the CHGPA Booth at teh end of the day

Flickr pics from the festival, including a few of our booth.

Here are a couple of past festivals I took part in.