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EAA Welcomes Wings on Strings Kite Festival Saturday

One of the giant kites to appear at Wings and Strings is the giant bear kite.

June 17, 2010 — There will be more than just planes flying over Oshkosh this Saturday, June 19, as EAA’s ninth annual “Wings on Strings” takes place at EAA’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The free family event, the largest giant kite show in the Midwest, is sponsored by the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, Milwaukee’s Gift of Wings Kite Store, and EAA.

Several huge kites are scheduled to fly, including those from Montreal, Canada’s Yves LaForest - a 140 foot-long Mega Octopus, a new 100-foot-long Manta Ray Kite, and the giant Bear and giant Star kites. Another will drop candy for attendees, plus the all-new six-member Chicago Fire Kite Team will perform to musical accompaniment throughout the day.

A mass launch of more than 300 kites is scheduled at 11:30, and kids are encouraged to participate. They can also join kite-making workshops where they will be able to decorate and fly their own kite designs on the runway. People are free to bring their own kites, and they can also be purchased on site. Plus the first 100 kids under the age of 12 will receive a free kite.

Kids are also encouraged to sign up and participate in the “Kids Mad Dash,” scheduled for 2 p.m.

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