The kite festival of the cantons of Lyon is planned for this weekend

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The Sky-FX team, pictured above, will be flying four different kites at the Municipality of Lyon’s International Kite Festival this weekend. // Photo courtesy of Lyon Township International Kite Festival

Lyon Township will host its 13th annual International Kite Festival June 4-5 at James Atchison Park in New Hudson. The family event will include choreographed kite shows, children’s activities and more.

“This festival has always been about providing our community with a beautiful outdoor venue for family enjoyment,” said Jim Chuck, president of Lyon Events Organization, in a press release. “…We are now the largest kite festival in Southeast Michigan!”

John Trennepohl, the festival’s kite professional, kite craftsman and owner of the Kites & Fun Things shop in Plymouth, will perform with the international kite team Windjammers, the Sky-FX team, the Dr Patrick Riebald and Lee Sedgewick, a newcomer to the festival.

According to Trennepohl, the Windjammers are the oldest kitesurfing team in history. Often seen in Belle Isle, the National Sport Kite Circuit’s award-winning team was founded in 1983 by a group of metro Detroit kite flyers. They will play with stacked and tailed kites. Meanwhile, Reilbald, who is from Indiana, will fly three sport kites; Sky-FX, a quadruple team, will fly four different line kites together; and Sedgewick, a native of Pennsylvania, will fly large quad kites, circle kites, and more.

In addition to the kite shows, a “Mass Ascension” will take place after a big countdown at 3 p.m. on Saturday. During the event, hundreds of kites will flood the sky. The festival will also feature food stalls, games, crafts, cars on display, a face artist, business and non-profit stalls, and entertainment from the Kilted Magician, The Blaine Fowler Experience and Animal Magic, which will feature the magic of exotic animals and storytelling shows. . Children who attend the festival will also receive a free kite to customize, decorate and fly.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is free and parking is $5.

For more information, visit lyonevents.org

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