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Colors fill the Lewes sky

Great Delaware Kite Festival in 45th year
Mar 29, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur This is just one of hundreds of colorful kites taking flight March 29 during the 45th annual Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Winners of medals in the 45th Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes are:

Gene Bookhammer Award, best all-around: Ben Huggett, Philadelphia.

Most senior flyer: Helene Blum, 84, Harbeson; youngest flyer: Mike Corrado, 2, Annapolis, Md.

Flyer farthest from home: Carson Tippit, Seward, Alaska; smallest kite: Heather Siple, Wilmington; largest kite: Chloe Banino, Irvington, N.Y.

Highest kite: First, Arnold Simon, Pikesville, Md.; second, Mark Battel, Milton; third, Ben Huggett, Philadelphia.

Open ballet kite flying: First, Dennis Smith, East Brunswick, N.J.; second: Jim Cosca, Fort Washington, Md.


Best store-bought kite: First, Alexis Cosbey, Lincoln; second, Ivan Yelk, Lewes; third, Grace Wiggins, Milton.

Best homemade kite: First, Elsa Yelk, Lewes; second, Zach Siple, Wilmington.

Most attractive homemade kite: Elsa Yelk, Lewes; most unusual homemade kite: Zach Siple, Wilmington.


Best store-bought kite: Jordan Flaherty, Milton; most attractive homemade kite: Becky Siple, Wilmington; most unusual homemade kite: Becky Siple, Wilmington.


Best store-bought kite: First, Alejandro Harding, Silver Spring, Md.; second: Barbara Barth, Georgetown.

Best homemade kite: Mark Blattel, Milton; most attractive homemade kite: Karin Cooney Newton, Middletown.

The event is sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.

Ben Huggett of Philadelphia lets his line go in the high-flying contest; he finished in third place. He also won the Gene Bookhammer Award as the best all-round flyer. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Carlyn Willis of Rehoboth Beach works with her sister, Cayden, to get their kite off the ground. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
John Hintz of Wilmington, who plays Santa during the winter, brought a variety of kites to the festival, including one with St. Nick on it. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A large red, white and blue kite covers a section of the Cape Henlopen State Park parade grounds. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Vincent Lee of Rehoboth Beach is all smiles as he watches his kite get off the ground. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Helene Blum, 84, of Harbeson is the oldest competitor in the 45th annual festival. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Zahid Cole of Baltimore has plenty of line to let his kite fly high into the sky. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Mark Blattel of Milton, an annual participant in the festival, brings a reel full of line. He finished second in the highest-kite contest. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Mark Blattel of Milton tells it like it is – he's a serious kite flyer. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Arnold Simon of Pikesville, Md., makes his own kites. A kite made of old blueprints was good enough for him to win this year's highest kite contest. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jim Cosca and Dennis Miller perform a kite-flying demonstration. The two won top awards in precision flying competition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Arnold Simon of Pikesville, Md., gets his swan kite off the ground during the adult competition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Grace Sharp of New Carlisle, Ohio, gets help from mom to launch her panda kite. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Naomi Main of Lancaster, Pa., works the line to keep her kite in the air. Attending the festival is a long-standing family tradition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Kaylee Williams of Fairfax, Va., is ready to fly her kite at the start of the festival. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ivan Yelk shows off his homemade Overfalls kite. Lightship Overfalls is Lewes landmark with a berth in Lewes harbor. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Elsa Yelk of Lewes won two awards for the best homemade kite and the most attractive homemade kite. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Zach and Rebecca Siple of Wilmington show off their award-winning homemade kites. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Felix Cartagena of Newark holds a kite that will be flown in 50 states this year in honor of the late Al Hartig, the legendary Nantucket Kite Man. He made cloth kites that are highly sought after by enthusiasts. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Megan, left, and Johanna Seiler of Georgetown prepare for competition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Cayden Willis of Rehoboth Beach throws her kite up in the air. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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