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Issue 68: Family Day Kite Festival

Months of planning go into this event, as it’s unlike many kite festivals that we as kite flyers are accustomed to attending. How? The festival proudly boast more food, kite, and misc. vendors than you’ll see at many US kite festivals. It has inflatable jump rides for the children, a FREE “Make-a-Kite tent, and it […]

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Issue 64: VroomJamaica RC & Kite Xtravaganza

I was approached by e-mail and phone by Walter Plummer of Jamaica to bring our TKO Sport Kite Team to Jamaica to perform in an unusual charitable event at the Discover Bay area of North central Jamaica. the event name was VroomJamaica RC & Kite Xtravaganza, where proceeds (after expenses) from the event would go […]

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Issue 58: IGA Coolum International Kite Festival

Last April 2007 while attending the Weifang Intl Kite Festival in China, I met and became friends with Steve Donovan and Big Alan Bayley, both are from Brisbane, Australia. During that time, Steve and Alan had asked me if I would be interested in coming to Australia in Late Sep and early Oct, to be […]

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Issue 58: Townsville Kite Fest

We just finished attending the Coolum Kite Festival in Coolum Beach, QLD Australia, Sep 22-23, 2007 and after 2 days of doing bit of usual tourist stuff around Coolum Beach and a couple of other nearby coastal tourist towns, we caught a flight on wednesday Sep 26 (my birthday) from Brisbane to Townsville. The distance […]

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Issue 54: Festival Layang-Layang

This trip to Malaysia’s premiere International kite festival was my fourth year in a row, and every year I travel there the festival brings new surprises, and this year was no exception! I started my long 34 hour journey in Wichita Falls, Texas, which is my home city, then drove 2 hours to Oklahoma City, […]

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Issue 48: Weifang International Kite Festival

Getting There… This was my third year in a row to attend this (wonderful) 23rd annual festival, and traveling to international events is always an adventure in itself, because unexpected things always happen along the way to most destinations, and this year was no exception. I leave north central Texas and drive 2 hours north […]

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Issue 43: Weifang Kite Festival

A Journey to the Far East… Kelly Reed, Adam Siens, Hans Jansen Op De Haar, and I (Troy Gunn) attended the 22nd Annual Weifang International Kite Festival and 1st World Kite Competition April 19-24, 2005 in Weifang, China by invitation from Mr. Liu Zhiping of the The Weifang International Kite Festival Executive Committee and the […]

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Issue 39: Taipei International Kite Festival

The trip to Taipei, Taiwan for the 2004 Taipei International Kite Festival was my fourth trip to Asia this year. This trip’s flight was like the other trips this year, in that they were all long, and with many connecting flights. I started my journey on Monday September 27th, driving two hours to Oklahoma City, […]

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Issue 36: Weifang International Kite Festival

Our team “TKO Sport Kite Team” had been invited to attend the 21st Weifang International Kite Festival in China. We were invited so that we could perform our sport kite, team ballet routines to music during the opening ceremonies, and during the festival. This is the story of our trip and adventure. Adventure? I like […]

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Issue 1: Round Rock Kite Festival

The 1st Annual Round Rock Kite Festival, held March 21-22 in Round Rock, Texas, was the season opener of the AKA central sport kite conference . Kitefliers from six different states participated in the event. The festival was coordinated by Dennis Phillips who remarked, “I couldn’t have asked for better weather.” Dennis was right! Both days of […]

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