Kite Flying Festival Begins at Cape Henlopen State Park

Apr 18, 2014


CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.

The kite festival dates to 1969, when Delaware's governor was challenged to a contest by the Maharajah of Bharatpur in India, where kite-flying is almost a blood sport.

Lt. Gov. Gene Bookhammer wound up representing the state, and winning.