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Strawberry Fields Kite Festival
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With bright sunshine and shorts-weather temperatures, Sunday May 25, 2014 was just too nice a day to waste it indoors or working in the garden. Lots of folks were "beaching it" in Port Stanley, but we went just down the road a piece to take in the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival was happening at the old psych hospital at John Wise Road and Sunset Drive in St. Thomas, Ontario.

This festival happens each year during the last full weekend in May and attracts hundreds of kite enthusiasts and even more spectators as the size, shape and colours of the kites vary each year. The PSN photographer and I find this festival fascinating. Some of them are truly remarkable feats of engineering and it can be quite tricky to get them to fly.

The first kites to catch the spectators' eyes were the huge Whale with Calf, a giant Octopus, a giant Nemo, and a great big Blue Bug. They had considerable trouble getting the giant blue lobster off the ground. The Stealth Fighter Jet was cutting through the air like a knife, and with just a bit of coaxing, the Propeller Fighter was also flying straight and true.

One of my favourites was the Big Blue Chicken that I'm sure would never make it to a Swiss Chalet table. There was also a Blue Bird/Jay kite that looked so real it almost looked like a real bird flying. Three Sea Horses were strung together on one line with a Ketchup & Mustard Ninja Turtle flying high above them. With bugs, butterflies, a Phoenix, a kitty, a Rubber Ducky, a pooch and any number of other themes, this spectacle is a sight to delight. In case you missed it, we took lots of Pictures.


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