Weather no match for Zilker Kite Festival

 It's become a tradition for Austin residents, the ABC Zilker Kite Festival.
Many thought it would be canceled due to the weather but instead, the weather actually helped.

The weather didn't keep these kites from flying high.
You could see hundreds of them above Zilker Park Sunday afternoon.
"You've got the bright color of the kites up against the grey sky, they really stand out. If it was a bright sunny day, we wouldn't be able to look up and see them as well," says Alison Boland, festival goer.
The ABC Zilker Kite Festival is the longest continuously running kite festival in the United States.
It was created by the Exchange Club of Austin in 1929 with a mission to encourage creativity in children.
For William Vo and his daughter Lynna, it was a first.
"It was really high. It was like the highest kite here. Yea, like 600 feet up in the air," says Lynna Vo, festival goer.
Their biggest regret is not registering their kite in one of the contests, which included the most unusual, highest and strongest pulling.
"I saw some people that made their own kites, I thought that was really cool. I don't know where I would start with that but it seems like a fun process, to make your own kite and then bring it out here and see it go into the air," says Boland.
From a bat, to a tiger, tie-dye and even a Hello Kitty kite, you could find just about everything.
Bobby Jenkins has been a part of this festival for years and has seen it grow.
"You come out here and you see kids flying kites, families, parents, everybody out here. It is the best deal for a family to come out. It kicks off Spring, so it's kind of a right of passage for everyone," says Bobby Jenkins, ABC Home and Commercial Services president, festival spokesperson.
He believes not canceling the festival Sunday was a perfect decision; the breeze definitely turned out helpful.

Money raised at the event will be donated to Communities in Schools, which is a drop out prevention program.
The fundraising goal was between $20-30 thousand.


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