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Kite Fest takes to the NIU skies

September 8, 2011

The sky will come alive with vibrant and whimsical kites during the seventh annual DeKalb Kite Festival.

The family-oriented event will feature kite-making, a candy drop, games and other activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday, Sept. 11, at NIU’s “North 40” field located at the corner of Lucinda Avenue and Kishwaukee Drive. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Many of the featured kites are beyond description, including fighting kites, barrel kites and a head-turning display of three, 90-foot-long octopus kites called octophile. There will also be a commemorative 9/11 memorial kite.

Some of the area’s best kite fliers and kite builders will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their skills. Participants are encouraged to bring a kite, or make or buy one on location.

Food will be provided by Sweet Dreams Desserts and Catering and Sycamore Country Store and Catering. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their comfort.

Volunteers are still needed. For more information about Kite Fest or volunteering, call Doug Nelson at (815) 754-3236 or Debbie Armstrong at (815) 756-1336, or visit