Kites and Beer … Plenty of Reason to Celebrate in April

April has finally arrived and there is plenty of reason to celebrate! For those who enjoy tracking bizarre and unique holidays, you may be reveling in the fact that it’s National Humor Month, Lawn and Garden Month and National Poetry Month. But don’t worry … we won’t attempt to tell any bad jokes, educate you on tending to your blooming flower bulbs, or craft a haiku. What we WILL do is launch a kite and raise a pint in honor of National Kite Month and North Carolina Beer Month!

 

NATIONAL KITE MONTH
Every year in April Kite enthusiasts across North America celebrate the history and the future of the world’s favorite pastime by letting their kites fly.  It is a month to celebrate the joy and happiness that comes from letting out the line, letting your kite catch the wind, and letting that kite soar high into the sky.

 

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KHK Fly into Spring Kite Festival /Fort Walton Beach, FL

To kick-off our month-long celebration, Kitty hawk Kites invites you to Florida’s Emerald Coast for the annual Fly into Spring Kite Festival in Fort Walton Beach this weekend (April 2-3). In addition to experiencing the sight of 25-to-100-foot larger-than-life show kites of all sizes and shapes, this FREE two-day, high-flying event features professional stunt kite flying, demonstrations and lessons, and a family fun fly that is perfect for kite enthusiasts of all ages. The public is invited to experience and learn from several professional kite fliers both days, courtesy of Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kitefliers Club. Also, be sure to try out the Revolution Kites Simulator before testing your skills on a Rev kite. Receive $20 Rev Bucks to be used at Kitty Hawk Kites just for trying!

 

KHK Instagram Kite Promotion
Between April 1-17, Kitty Hawk Kites is giving away an amazing limited edition series of SuperSize Star Wars kites from Wind n Sun (48” R2D2, 50″ Millenium Falcon, 52” X-wing Fighter) to one lucky winner! To be eligible to win, visit our Instagram page and simply mention three of your Instagram friends in the comment section between now and April 17 at 11:59pm ET and we will select our grand prize winner on Monday, April 18. Good luck … may the force be with you!

 

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Additional National Kite Month Online Resources
AKA National Kite Month Updates
April Kite Events
National Kite Month Online Store


NORTH CAROLINA BEER MONTH

April also happens to be North Carolina Beer Month, and for the fourth year in a row there are an exciting array of activities lined up from the mountains to the coast! It’s a month-long celebration offering plenty of NC beer-inspired events and festivals, tastings and dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. Ready … set … cheers!

As we’re raising our glasses to the finest NC craft brews from across the state, we’d be remiss if we didn’t show some love to our local Outer Banks breweries who provide locals and visitors, alike, with liquid deliciousness on a daily basis … Weeping Radish Farm BreweryOuter Banks Brewing Station, and Lost Colony Brewery.

 

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OBX Brewtag: Kegs Will Fly Again on October 22!
We’re also excited to remind everyone that the 2nd Annual OBX Brewtag event will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at The Soundside Event Site in Nags Head, NC. Flying Kegs, Craft Beer Garden, Live Music, Kid Zone, Food Vendors, and much more. You will NOT want to miss it! To get you excited, check out highlights from our inaugural event.

KHK Celebrates Amazing Women in Aviation

Behind every good man, there’s a great woman… so who’s behind every great woman? Women’s History Month (March), International Women’s Day (March 8), and Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 7-13) has had us thinking about some pretty impressive ladies. Aviation history is full of women breaking social norms, setting records, and pioneering new ways.

We’ve managed to narrow down our 5 favorite aviatrix to share them with you here…

amelia_earhart_1928Amelia Earhart: Most famous for being the first female (and second person male or female) to fly nonstop solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was also the first  female to fly nonstop solo across the US, and the first pilot ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US. Her last mission was to be the first woman to fly around the world. With only a few thousand miles left, Amelia vanished into a stormy night.

 

Jacqueline_Cochran_in_P-40Jacqueline Cochran: Record holder for many altitude, speed, and distance challenges of her time, Jacqueline Cochran, was the first female pilot to take off and land on an aircraft carrier, the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic, and the first pilot ever to fly above 20,000 ft without an oxygen mask. Recruiter and instructor for female combat pilots in WWII, Jacqueline was also the first aviatrix to run a Marilyn Monroe endorsed cosmetics company.


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Patty Wagstaff: As one of the best airshow pilots in the world, Patty Wagstaff has claimed gold, silver, and bronze medals in numerous Olympic level international Aerobatic Competitions. She is the first woman ever to become the US National Aerobatic Champion, and one of few to win such a title three times in a row. Patty is the recipient of numerous awards including the “First Lady of Aerobatics” Betty Skelton Award, “Sword of Excellence” Award, and “Bill Barber Award for Showmanship”. Patty has also been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was most recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Air Force Association.

 

another-tough-day-at-the-officeKari Castle: A three-time Hang Gliding World Champion, Hang Gliding and Paragliding National Champion, and multi world record holder in Women’s Hang Gliding, Kari is the first woman to qualify for the US National Hang Gliding Team. Kari still competes in Hang Gliding competition and leads clinics across the US including the 2014 Hang Gliding Spectacular here on the OBX.

 

 jennyJenny Hawk: The Outer Banks’ very own fearless female flyer, Jenny Hawk takes to the sky with her company, OBX Airplane, pulling banners, giving air tours, and teaching countless aspiring pilots, including Kitty Hawk Kites founder, John Harris, how to fly. Jenny has overcome tremendous adversities, but she continues to do the thing she loves and continues to inspire new pilots as they begin their aviation career.

 

 

These five woman are just a few of many, many impressive aviatrix… Who is your favorite female aviator? Share with us below!

27th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the Outer Banks

Kellys St. Patrick's Day Parade Outer Banks NC

The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North Carolina takes place right here on the Outer Banks. Some 1,500 people participate in the parade, and an average of 8,000 people line the sides of NC 12 along the “greenest mile” in the Tar Heel state.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016 starting at 1:00 PM.

The Outer Banks is famous for its beaches, surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, and fishing; it’s also the ideal place to run a marathon, fly a kite or go hang-gliding. This year’s celebration will highlight the many ways people recreate on the Outer Banks, it’s also about the “wearing of the green” in celebration of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Parade starts at 1:00 PM at milepost 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen Street and Virginia Dare Trail, and continues north to Driftwood Street.

Following the parade, there will be a celebration at Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head featuring live music, awards and honors and free hot dogs while supplies last! There will of course be plenty of Guinness and other Irish beer to quench your thirst.

Since this year’s theme is Outer Banks recreation, Kitty Hawk Kites along with Outer Banks Sporting Events and Dare County Parks & Recreation will be serving as the grand marshals of this year’s parade. Be sure to look for us on the parade route!

Big Week in Vegas for Kitty Hawk Kites at KTAI Trade Show

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Once a year, leading retailers and manufactures from the kite world gather at the annual KTAI (Kite Trade Association International) Trade Show.

Kitty Hawk Kites is one of the largest kite retailers in the entire United States, so naturally we make it a point to attend the show each year to learn about new products, mingle with other kite retailers from around the world, and most important of all, have fun. Plus, we certainly did not want to pass up the opportunity to visit Las Vegas in January!

Many of the kite manufactures we work with where at the Trade Show, including: Revolution, Brainstorm, Premier Kites, Prism Kites, Skydog Kites, Into The Wind and HQ Kites to name a few. We work with so many different manufactures, and it’s great to get some face-to-face time at least once a year to learn about all of their new and innovative products.

There are a few highlights from the show that we wanted to share:

– Our own Heather Doyle was elected to the 2016 KTAI Board of Directors. Heather is to thank for our terrific selection flags and spinners that you’ll see in-store and on our online store.

– Head kite buyer Rachel Sanchez wowed Trade Show attendees with her presentation on “store within a store” retail programs, which is something we’ve experimented with heavily over the past year.

– And lets not forget about Kitty Hawk Kites founder and president John Harris who hit the jackpot while in Las Vegas. John was honored by the KTAI with the 2016 David Checkley Lifetime Achievement Award!

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Here’s some information on David Checkley: 

Born in 1917, David Checkley was an amazing man who helped pave the way for all of us to have success doing something we love – working in the kite trade. In the 70’s, David was instrumental in the development of the US kite industry, opening and operating one of the first US kite manufacturing facilities located in Seattle, WA. David pioneered the concept of merchandising high quality fabric kites to adults, in fine retail stores like Abercombie & Fitch, Neiman Marcus & F.A.O. Schwarz. To satisfy his passion of getting new people involved in kiting, David also made paper kite kits. The FLY Me Paper Bag Kite Kit, one of David’s clever inventions, is still available today from 30 year KTAI member Great Winds Kite Company. In 1973 David began to lead kite tours to Japan. David’s kiting adventures throughout Asia opened the doors to International Kite Trade and began the introduction of American kite manufactures to Asian kite suppliers, where most kites are now produced. Mr. Checkley passed away in 1988, but his work lives on with all of us that make a business in kiting.

In addition to the awards mentioned above, we were ecstatic to be recognized by Brainstorm Kites who is celebrating their 10th year anniversary this year. They highlighted Kitty hawk Kites for our 42 year in the business, the oldest kite company at the KTAI Trade Show!

Visit KHK at the Outer Banks Wedding Weekend Expo 2016

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Each January, the Outer Banks Wedding Association orchestrates the annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend Expo. And each year, hundreds of soon-to-be brides and their families and friends flock to the area to plan for that special day.

More and more people say “I do” on the Outer Banks each and every year, and as a result, more and more great locally-owned businesses are ready and willing to accommodate to engaged couples by offering everything from catering and lodging to photography and pre-wedding activities.

Since the early years of this highly touted annual event, Kitty Hawk Kites has had a presence at the Wedding Weekend Expo. This year is no different.

If you are planning on attending the event that takes place on Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17, from 10 AM till 3 PM at the First Flight Middle and High schools, we invite you to stop by booth #165 and enter to win one of the best gift baskets we’ve ever given away.

Our gift basket this year will include:

– 2 Beginner Dune Hang Gliding Lessons

– 2 Sanctuary Vineyard and Historic Boat Cruises

– 2 Stand Up Paddleboard or Kayak 3 Day Rentals

– Kitty Hawk Kites Swag

In addition to entering to win, grab a friend and snap a few FREE photos in our state-of-the-art portable photo booth which will be setup at our booth. We will also have a few members of the KHK crew that will be available and more than happy to any questions you may have regarding Kitty Hawk Kites and the many adventure activities that we offer like hang gliding, kiteboarding, flyboarding and parasailing.

If you attend the event, be sure to use #anchoryourlove when posting on social media. Also, be sure to follow Kitty Hawk Kites on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you aren’t already.

We hope to see you at the 2016 Outer Banks Wedding Weekend Expo!