The Exchange Club

Kite Showcase & Contest

For the fastest, strongest and weirdest kites!

Open to everyone and free to enter, the annual kite contest and showcase is the ABC Kite Fest’s oldest and greatest tradition. Read on to learn how to enter!

Homemade, single line kites only.

Register your kite from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 29th. The contest and showcase begins at 1:00 p.m.

Contest Categories:

50 yard dash (Kids only)

Open to children between 7 and 12 years of age. Kites will fly on 50 feet of string – the string will be measured between 11am and 1pm before the contest. Contestants will race to the finish line while flying their kites. Winner must have their kite stay in the air for the whole race.

Steadiest Kite (with or without a tail) (Youth and Adult)

Winning kite is the least active kite in the air. Steadiest kite event has Youth and Adult categories.

Smallest Kite

Entries must fly on 25 feet of line and fly higher than the point of mooring. Kite line will be measured and marked between 11am and 1pm on the kite competition field.

Largest Kite

Square footage of the sail area will determine the largest kite. Kite Trains are not allowed. Kites must be capable of flying for one minute to qualify. Contestants are limited to three attempts in this event.

Highest Angle Kite (Youth and Adult)

Contestants will release 200 feet of string and stand on a designated line. The kite flying at the highest angle overhead from the point of mooring wins the competition. For example, a kite flying directly over your head would win. Highest angle kite event has Youth and Adult categories. Kite line will be measured and marked between 11am and 1pm on the kite competition field.

Strongest Pulling Kite

Each kite’s pull will be measured in pounds.

Most Unusual Kite (Youth and Adult)

Entries are judged on theme, construction and design. Judges will look for odd, striking or novel features and shapes. Most Unusual Kite event has Youth and Adult categories.

Oldest and Youngest Kite Fliers

Awards will be presented to the oldest and youngest event contestants. Contestants must fly a kite unassisted to be eligible for this award.

Rule & Regulations

  • Registration is between 11am and 2pm the day of the event at the tables next to the sound booth. The Kite Contest starts at 1pm. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded in each event. Events that have youth (15 and under) and adult categories will have separate 1st, 2nd and 3rd trophies awarded to youth and adult competitors.
  • Kites entered in competition must be homemade, but not necessarily by the person flying them. Kites assembled from commercial kits will not be considered home made.
  • Manufactured kites are not eligible for competition.
    Contestants may enter only one kite per event. However, they may enter every event using a different kite for each event. (Exception: Event #1 – 50 yard dash)
  • Kites must fly to qualify for judging.
  • Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners in each event.
  • Judge decisions are final.
  • Contestants must register before the contest and display their number at all times. Adults may assist children with their kites.
  • “Youth Category” contest events are for kids up through 15 years of age.
  • “Adult Category” contest events are for contestants 16 years and older.