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People of all ages take time to enjoy New Era Kite Festival Saturday

Photos by Madeline Scarborough Peter McCumber and his grandson Wyatt McCumber, 5, flew a kite at the New Era Festival in Mineral Wells Saturday.

MINERAL WELLS — The weather cooperated Saturday and even pitched in some winds to help celebrate the annual New Era Kite Festival in Mineral Wells.

“We really lucked out with wind,” said Max Barker, President of New Era Kite Club.

This year was the eleventh year for the event which is put on by the New Era Kite Club.

“It has been kind of slow today, but I am so glad to get out and fly kites with the community,” said Barker.

According to Barker the event normally offers inflatables and train rides, but with virus concerns the group was unable to bring in those activities.

Maddison Hager, 8, who is the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi Cultural Festival Ambassador for 2020 learns to fly a kite with her mother Jessica Hager helping.

The group gave out free kites to the first fifty kids in attendance, and for $3.00 kids were also able to build their own kite to fly.

According to Baker all the funds raised go to the New Era One Room Schoolhouse for events and renovations.

People of all ages were out enjoying flying kites.

“My son and I are here visiting family from North Carolina, and we enjoy flying kites,” said Douglas McCumber.

McCumber said he has been flying kites regularly for four years now.

Groups of people could be seen flying kites large and small by the New Era One Room Schoolhouse Saturday.

“Kite flying is a great sport if the wind cooperates,” said McCumber. “It doesn’t cost a lot to get started, it gets you outside and is a fun way to get some exercise in.”

Also enjoying getting outside for an event was the Hager family.

Maddison Hager, 8, who is the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi Cultural Festival Ambassador for 2020, said she was really happy the event was not canceled.

“It was kind of scary to fly the kite, because it was hard to hold onto, but it has been really fun too,” said Hager.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

Lillian Hager, 4, colors her handmade kite in the New Era One Room Schoolhouse before taking it out to try and fly it.

Max Barker, President of New Era Kite Club flies a large octopus kite at the New Era Kite Festival in Mineral Wells Saturday.

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