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EAA's Annual 'Wings on Strings' is June 18

Aviation showcased on International Learn to Fly Day

May 26, 2011 — More than just airplanes will be flying over Oshkosh on Saturday, June 18, as EAA’s 10th annual “Wings on Strings” Kite Festival will take place at Pioneer Airport from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free family event is the largest giant kite show in the Midwest and is sponsored by Milwaukee’s Gift of Wings Kite Store, Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois, and EAA.

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

All guests are encouraged to bring their own kites and participate in a mass launch of nearly 400 kites at 11:30 a.m., and they are invited to participate in kite-making workshops where they will be able to decorate and fly their own kite designs on the runway. Kites, as well as food, will be available to purchase on-site at the Gift of Wings Kite Store.

A free kite is available for the first 100 children who sign up and participate in the “Kids Mad Dash” at 2 p.m.

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