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Free Apollo Beach Kite Fest gives young and old a taste of flight

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image Up to 100 children and adults are expected for the sixth annual Apollo Beach Kite Fest. Mitch Traphagen File Photo

There will be free kites for the kids that they can decorate, free hot dogs, watermelon, cookies, chips and water.

By KEVIN BRADY
 
Children, young and old, are expected to turn out this weekend for the annual Apollo Beach Kite Fest. The price can’t be beat; it’s free.

Sponsored by the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee,  or ABBC, more than 100 children and adults are expected to take part in the Kite Fest from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Apollo Beach Nature Center as long as Mother Nature cooperates. The rain date for the event is the following day at the same time.

There will be free kites for the kids that they can decorate, free hot dogs, watermelon, cookies, chips and water.

The Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is at the end of Surfside Boulevard in Apollo Beach; from U.S. 41, head west on Apollo Beach Boulevard. Turn right onto Surfside when the road ends.

“We want to give something back to the people of the community and have a fun family-day affair,” said Mary Lou Luce of the ABBC. While children make up the majority of the participants, “we also get a lot of adults who come along and bring their own kites, too, which makes it even more fun.”

While the kites, food and drinks are free, donations are accepted.

Also helping to organize the event are Larry Underwood, Pat Williams, Joan Anderson and Coach Luce.

In addition to the kite sale, the nonprofit, all-volunteer Beautification Committee also holds an annual plant sale and installs Christmas decorations and patriotic and holiday banners along Apollo Beach Boulevard. The group is also responsible for planters and additional palm trees on Apollo Beach Boulevard, the “Welcome to Apollo Beach Sign” on U.S. 41, the installation of benches and other landscaping projects.

For more information about the ABBC, email Mary Lou Luce at coachandml@aol.com.

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