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Katonah Museum Of Art's Kite Festival Takes Flight

KATONAH, N.Y. — At the Katonah Museum of Art’s Kite Festival on Saturday, children can build their own “guaranteed-to-fly” kites, watch stunt performances by professionals, and learn how to do some high-flying tricks themselves.

At noon, a 20-foot-long segmented giant Chinese dragon kite will take flight over the playing fields of the Harvey School. Later in the day, kids can watch fighting-kite demonstrations - an ancient tradition common in Afghanistan, Indonesia and China - and play kite games that include a candy drop.

Margaret Moulton, events coordinator for the museum, said the occasion is for people of all ages: children can come and fly kites with their parents, and teens and adults can learn to fly kites themselves.

The event coordinates with "Rising Dragon," the museum’s Chinese photography exhibit, which will remain at the KMA until Sept. 2.

"Kites are very international," said Moulton. "They're a part of Chinese and world culture."

Moulton said kite-flying professionals from organizations like Kites over New England and Let's Fly Kites will be visiting Katonah from New Jersey, Connecticut and New York City.

Archie Stuart of Kite Education will hold a kite-making workshop at the museum’s learning center, teaching kids to build what he calls “guaranteed-to-fly” kites. Charles Stewart of Let’s Fly Kites helped Moulton organize the event and is coordinating the demonstrations in the field.

There are many kite-flying organizations throughout the U.S., according to Moulton. “The kite-flying community is amazing," she said.

Two food trucks will be on hand to feed hungry festivalgoers. The Love on the Run electric food truck from Mount Kisco will be parked in the Sculpture Garden, as it is every Saturday in July. The Rickshaw Dumpling Truck will be serving at the museum for the third time. “I think they're developing a following up here,” Moulton said.

Advance registration for the kite-making workshops is suggested. The materials fee is $5 for children (ages 3 and up) of KMA members, and $10 for non-members. All kite activities at the Harvey School fields are free.

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