By Theresa D. McClellan
For the Fort Bend Star
“This is the best day EVER!” 6-year-old Aiden Blevins squealed as he climbed into the back of his parents’ vehicle as they left the Sugar Land Cultural Kite Festival on Saturday.
Grinning from ear to ear, the youngster flew a kite for the first time, broke it and was thrilled when someone gave him a new Star Wars kite. For his parents, Rebecca and Ryan Blevins, it was a thrill to attend the festival site at the inaugural event held Saturday morning at Brazos River Park.
“We live just down the road and this park is going to be our new destination,” said Rebecca Blevins.
This is Sugar Land’s fourth annual free Cultural Kite Festival event normally held at Memorial Park. This is the first year at the Brazos River Park near the Sugar Land water tower. Scores of visitors with kites and children in tow made their way to the sprawling park where they offered cultural dances, train tours, food trucks and of course, colorful kites.
Little Aiden wasn’t the only one thrilled. A large flowing rainbow kite that billowed in the wind captured the imagination of 5-year-old Roger Montgomery, who crawled around the field first stalking the kite then tumbling in a fit of giggles as it rolled over him.
“You have to be respectful. No hands,” urged his mother Nicole Montgomery, who also got a kick out of photographing her son chasing and playing with the kite.
The large air toy was one of the main attractions from Rick Hawkins of About Kites. He was doing a swift business in a booth on the grounds selling large and small kites to people young and old wanting to get their hands on the different sky dancers.
The weather was perfect for flying kites with strong enough winds and cloudy skies holding back the rain until just before 1 p.m., an hour before the event was to end. Three food trucks were on the scene but some participants complained that several trucks did not show fearing rain.
The event was sponsored by the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department and Republic Services. In addition to kite flying, a cultural stage featured dancers and the children’s stage featured a magic show and comedy show by Ted Schwank.
His dove and magic rabbit enthralled the children who gathered at the foot of the stage, mouths often agape. Proud parents shot photos of their offspring who came onstage to become part of magic and illusion acts.
The youngsters were not the only ones declaring the event a hit. Best buds Sandy Lamarche, 74, and Aurelie Tyson, 60, of Cypress selected a spot for their milk crate seats at the edge of the field to get panoramic views of the multiple kites dotting the sky.
They easily pointed out their favorites including a swirling snake whose owner masterfully made it dance in the sky.
“I tell you, there is never a dull moment around here,” said Lamarche.
For brothers Collin and Christopher Flores and their 7-year-old nephew Landon Flores, they were just at the park following their mother’s orders. Their mother works for the City of Sugar Land and is always trying to get them involved in city events.
They were glad they listened as they struggled to get a dragon kite into the air.
“It’s been a while since I’ve flown a kite. This is awesome,” Collin Flores said.