4/30/2013 6:00:00 AM Kite Day aiming to get folks out
Kim Steele Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - Colorful kites will dot the skies over Centennial Park Wednesday during the 23rd Annual Kite Flying Extravaganza.
The Kingman Daily Miner, which has sponsored the event for 23 years, will give free kites to children from 2-6 p.m. so they can fly them during that time. The free event will take place at Shelter No. 2 next to the basketball courts.
"This started as part of 'No TV' week in the schools, and each school did something different to keep the kids busy and away from television," said Colleen Machado, KDM advertising manager.
"They partnered with us, and our part was kite day each year."
The event usually draws about 150 children and their parents each year, said Machado. She encouraged participants to bring their own chairs, blankets and soda.
Kingman Elks Lodge 468 will provide free hamburgers, hot dogs and bottled water. Also, Little Debbie's donated snack cakes for the event.
"The kids love being a part of this and they have a great time," said Gale Clark, who cook for the Elks Lodge.
"I get a kick from it and love to see the smiles on their faces. It's a great time for all, and we're tickled to death to do it every year."
The Mohave County Sheriff's Department will bring McGruff the Crime Dog and offer information about avoiding drugs, gangs and violence from its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
Also, Sparky, the Kingman Fire Department's fire safety mascot, will be on hand to greet families.
Chris Weaver, the department's fire prevention specialist, said he hopes to have several junior firefighters available to talk to children about careers with the fire department.
"This event gives everyone a reason to get out of the house," said Weaver. "There's a great sense of adventure in getting a kite off the ground and up in the air. And anytime you can get families to come to the local park, that's a big deal. It's going to be a lot of fun."