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Warm breezes and blue skies make perfect flying conditions for King George County's annual Go Fly a Kite day
This is the view from a kite during Saturday's event at a King George County farm.
TOM ROTHENBERG FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 3/19/2012
On the ground below, some spectators sprawled out on the ground and watched the skies. Others sat in chairs, necks craned toward the heavens.
Shayla Bailey, 13, walked backward as her butterfly kite rose higher and higher until she used every bit of string on her line.
Lillian Saulat, 5, seemed more interested in decorating than flying it, but her father, Travis, appreciated every aspect of the day in the country.
"It's good family time, and it's free, and that's always nice," he said.
And clearly, the event wasn't just for kids.
Marie Allen had flown kites as a child in Chicago, but not as an adult. When she bought kites for her daughters for the day, she purchased an almost life-size butterfly made of cellophane for herself.
With a wing span of no more than 4 inches, the kite flitted like a real butterfly as glittering yellow-green ribbons trailed behind it.
"When I was over on the other hill, a real butterfly came along and was messing with it," she said.
Allen earned the trophy for most-unusual kite. The Hollis family got the prize for best homemade kite, and Kyle Duncan, Drew Warder and Shayla Bailey were declared the most-enthusiastic flyers.
Preston Richards, Jay Irby and Jessica Dyer got trophies for the longest-flying kites.
Coy Finney was considered best all-around, and Lindsey Asbell got the "Wow" award, which honors any unusual aspect of the event.
Her kite flew like a dream for almost an hour and a half--until the breeze picked up, the line snapped and the kite was gone.
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