2017 Outer Banks Watermelon Festival!

The stage was set, a long table donning a bright red vinyl cover, the contestants patiently waiting for the start. Fans circled around the table, each supporting their contestant or just watching for the show. As the watermelon eating contest took off, so did the chunky spray of watermelon as participants shoved their faces into the fruit as quickly and ferociously as they could. The eating contest was just one of many opportunities people had to gorge themselves as the food came in many forms: watermelon, ice cream, Mulligan’s fish tacos. But, the fun came in even more forms. There were events running seamlessly throughout the day including the ice cream eating contest, the seed spitting contest, and everyone’s favorite…. the watermelon eating contest. Thanks to the planning of our very own events crew, and a day-of help from many volunteers, there were activities for all to enjoy regardless of their interests. Many ki


ds tried their hands at a plethora of lawn games and toys, some even took the opportunity to turn their own hands to wax with the ever popular “Wax Hands” station. However, the favorite of the day seemed to be the Pirate inflatable that offered not only a large bounce house, but a waterslide to cool off afterwards. “Food and Fun” was the motto of the day, but the 11th Annual Outer Banks Watermelon Festival had a lot more to it than that. The entire festival was run to support the Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition, a group with a positive mission, “To help facilitate the education and awareness of practical bicycle and pedestrian safety to drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and all those who live or visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina in a positive and proactive manner.” Unfortunately, too many people are injured or killed every year on the Outer Banks trying to cross the highways on bicycles or on foot. For Kitty Hawk Kites, this was an issue that everyone could get behind. Following the Watermelon Festival, when all the money was tallied up, there was $4723 raised! But, the awareness raised can’t be


measured. Getting people to recognize the issue at hand and respect the rules of the road can have a lasting effect on the community. If everyone does their part to pay attention and respect the safety of others, hopefully the issue can be eaten away as if it were just a piece of watermelon.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks: A Destination Any Time of Year

Thank you for the recent feature, Sara Kendall, of the Epicurean! “Spanning over 200 miles in a string of narrow barrier islands, the Outer Banks is an ocean haven anytime of the year. The locals refer to them as OBX, and millions of people make these islands their vacation destination. Looking to book a winter retreat or plan next summer’s getaway? The Outer Banks is a fabulous choice no matter the time of year you decide to venture to the ocean breezes.” http://www.epicureancharlotte.com/travel/

This Article from the Charlotte Epicurean on just a few of the reasons why the OBX is so special hit the nail on the head! We have so much to do here and a ton of great dining options! What are you going to choose to do today?

Wacky Watermelon Fun

Face painted and competing in last year's watermelon seed spitting contest.

Face painted and competing in last year’s watermelon seed spitting contest.

Bigger and better than ever. That’s the only way to describe the 2015 Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival coming up this Thursday from 10:00 – 4:00. Held at our Jockey’s Ridge Crossing store in Nags Head, the festival has always been a day wacky fun, a great day for the whole family and lots of watermelons.

This year, though, it’s getting kicked up a notch with a waterslide—bring your bathing suit—and Mulligans is sending their food truck so they’ll be great eats for everyone.

Of course the usual suspects will still be there—face painting, toy demos, corn hole fun, a watermelon ice cream eating contest, watermelon eating contest and of course the highlight of the day—the watermelon seed spitting contest.

There is no cost to attend; however there is a fee to participate in the contests, with the proceeds going to Outer Banks Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Coalition.

The weather is looking just about perfect for Thursday, temperatures mid to upper 80s wit a light breeze off the ocean. The event is sure to be a lot of fun, so make be sure to make the Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon festival part of this week’s vacation plans.


10:30 AM – Watermelon Bowling

11:30 AM – Watermelon Ice Cream Eating Contest

12:30 PM – Watermelon Tower

1:30 PM – Watermelon Eating Contest

2:30 PM  – Watermelon Relay Race

3:30 PM – Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

Family Fun at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

Face painting is just one of the kid-friendly activities at Kitty Hawk Kites' Kid's Day.

Face painting is just one of the kid-friendly activities at Kitty Hawk Kites’ Kid’s Day.

Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Company have  always been about family fun. The Jockey’s Ridge Crossing locations in Nags Head are great for a visit and a family entertainment center. With a couple of fun things for kids to do—well, parents too, but mostly kids— visiting the two stores is a great way to spend a few hours.

For over 20 years there has been a climbing wall in the Kitty Hawk Kites store. It’s perfectly safe; the climbers are on a rope and are on a belay at all times. The experience is truly exciting for kids—kids who very often don’t think they can make it to the top, and to hear their shouts of joy when they do is a highlight of any parent’s day.

At the other end of the complex, Kitty Hawk Surf Company is home to the Shark. Think of a mechanical bull, only blue and shaped like a shark. There’s a lot of giggles, a lot of laughter and a lot of fun as kids try to stay seated for the entire ride. The Shark is surrounded by an inflated floor so getting thrown from the ride, which almost everyone does, is always a soft landing.

Of course, all summer long every Wednesday is Kid’s Day, a tradition that has been creating family fun at Kitty Hawk Kites almost since it opened. Kite making, face painting, games, demos and a lot of kid-friendly fun.