About the Cleveland Kite Festival
We have to let all you folks who have returned another year that there will not be a 38th Cleveland International Kite Festival in 2018. Our club filed papers to hold it, as usual, the third week-end in August, and we waited two months until the Cleveland Metroparks told us there were no week-ends available at Edgewater Park in August or September. They mentioned there was one week-end in July open, but that was already scheduled for a festival called Beachfest, held at Mentor Headlands State Park. So, there being no wonderfully huge open meadow for kite flying anywhere else that we know about in northeastern Ohio, we have to say that we hope we can be back with this family oriented fun event in 2019.
The Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites (OSEK) has existed since 1977 and has been sponsoring its own festival for the public for 37 years. We are not incorporated, but we are non-profit. We do a lot of kite making workshops in schools, libraries, churches and communities to raise the funds to do this festival.
We also have been part of a lot of community festivals, “coloring up the sky”, as a former President called it, and helping children and adults experience the wonder of this hobby. We were at Edgewater the Saturday and Sunday after 9/11 to start the healing, and thousands of you came to share your grief, exchange hugs, and focus on our great nation.
We tried holding this event as a benefit for other local non-profit groups, but it didn't work out very well. Probably because our main goal was to hold it for the benefit of the community. There are few things today that a family can do that doesn't cost much, if anything, and is totally free of alcohol, drugs and bias. Some of our members have even found kite flying to be a great alternative to doing drugs – they call it getting high on kites. Its a healthy, earth-friendly activity that anybody over the age of three can easily enjoy, and we've really gained a lot when someone who has never flown a kite before discovers the pure joy of seeing their kite dance in the breeze. There's a freedom there one can't quite describe. There’s a sense of family, of friendship that is unequaled in most competitive sports.
Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites