Family kite derby held at Partridge Island

Andrew Wagstaff
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Rescheduling of event to rain date proves wise choice

PARRSBORO – The beach had a few more bodies and the sky had a bit more colour as the annual Old Home Week family kite derby took place at Partridge Island beach on Wednesday morning.

Rescheduled from Monday due to rain, the event drew a modest crowd of children and families for a sunny day at the beach, much to the satisfaction of the Parrsboro Lions Club and the town recreation department, joint organizers.

“We just want to get people out and enjoy some old fashioned fun,” said Tissy Bolivar, recreation director.

The challenge of getting the kite high in the sky is what makes it so fun, according to Bolivar, who said the derby continues to grow in popularity each year, this being the third.

“We thought it was something we could get involved in with the kids,” said Lion Jerry Boutilier. “They can come and fly a kite, and some of them might end up in Fox River, in this wind.”

Having it on a weekday has not been a problem, Bolivar said. This year was the first time it was held during the morning hours.

“We have it on a weekday because we’re trying to make it a part of Old Home Week and extend it back to its original week,” she said. “That’s why we’ve tried to bring in an activity each day, like the bike rodeo on Tuesday.”

All children participating in the kite derby received a ribbon for their efforts, and a complimentary ice cream cone from nearby Ottawa House museum.

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Organizations: Parrsboro Lions Club, Ottawa House

Geographic location: Partridge Island, Fox River

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