Kites take flight to launch Parrsboro Old Home Week

Andrew Wagstaff
Published on July 14, 2014

PARRSBORO – There may not have been as much air for flying kites as there has been in previous years, but there was no shortage of families having fun.

The Parrsboro Lions Club got its Old Home Week activities underway with its family kite flying day at Partridge Island Beach on Monday, July 14, a joint event put on with the town recreation department.

“The kids are trying their best,” said King Lion Rob Bentley, watching parents and children run up and down the beach, trying to catch a breeze and send their kite into the air.

Their struggles were accompanied by smiles and laughter, which is the whole idea of the event, according to recreation director Tissy Bolivar.

“That’s all we ask,” she said. “They get out, families get together, and they’re doing something they may not do on a regular basis.”

Started a few years ago as a spring event, the kite flying day was moved back into July to coincide with Old Home Week, and stretch it out into a full week again, rather than waiting for it to get underway with the Wednesday evening parade.

The Monday activity will be followed with a bicycle rodeo at the Lions Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s funny, because people keep saying Old Home Week starts on Wednesday, even though we have these events going on,” said Bentley. “It’s like they don’t count.”

Bolivar gave out ribbons to participating kite fliers on Monday, while the Lions handed out tickets for free ice cream at nearby Ottawa House museum. The local TNR Parrsboro group, which traps, neuters and releases feral cats, held a barbecue at the beach during the event.

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