WEST CHESTER TWP. €“ After a two-year absence a kite flying event is coming back to the Voice of America Park Saturday.The skies over the West Chester Township Park will fill with color, strings and tails as kites soar into the sky from noon to 5 p.m. at Kites 'N MPX, formerly known as Kitefest. Loss of a grant from a partnering group canceled the 2013 and last year's Kitefest."People kept asking when we were going to bring it back again,'' said Kelly Barkley, spokeswoman for MetroParks of Butler County. "Our hope is to re-launch it into a bigger, better annual event again.The Pigs Aloft Kite Club, one of three groups partnering with MetroParks for the event, will conduct kite flying demonstrations at the park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, off Cox Road More than 55 kite enthusiasts from Pigs Aloft and other groups will be coming from across the region â€“ Chicago, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere â€“ for the afternoon, said Debbie VonBokern, a founding member of People Interested in Getting Stuff â€“Pigs€“ Aloft.
There will be separate fields for kite teams, families, and single line kites. On the field in front of the VOA Museum, Pigs Aloft will fly large kites."There are great big, big kites you wouldn't get a chance to see very often around here. Some of the kites are 20-, 30- even 50-feet long," VonBokern said. "There are different shaped kites â€“ octopus, fish gecka. Kite Team 180 Go will fly its kites to music at one field and is bringing an announcer."They will have singles, teams, routines to music, and show a different way to use kites," VonBokern said. Kite making workshops will be ongoing for children at a cost of $3, or families can bring their own kites to fly. Kits from a vendor can also be purchased Sponsor City Barbecue at VOA Centre, will distribute kites to the first 150 who come to its restaurant down the road from the park The VOA Museum Center, the final partner of the event, will be open for tours that day.There will also be food booths. Heavy rain or lightning would cancel the event. However, Pigs Aloft, would have a kite fly on Sunday at the park from noon to 5 p.m.There is no admission charge but attendees will need a motor vehicle permit to enter. They are free to Butler County residents. Non-residents can purchase a $5 day pass or $10 annual pass. Information: 513-867-5835 or www.yourmetroparks.net