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11th annual Kite Fest is a wrap

Published on: April 18, 2019

Ariah Taylor, 3, of Ruskin, shows off the kite she and her grandmother, Susan Mason, decorated April 13 at the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee’s 11th annual Kite Fest.
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The Apollo Beach Beautification Committee’s annual Kite Fest at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve drew more than 50 children and adults to experience a couple hours of relaxation and fun.

Brenda Turner, of Apollo Beach, loves the event so much she comes simply as an observer.

“I’ve been here for the past four or five years,” she said. “My husband and I never had any kids, so I just come to watch the children have fun flying their kites. I think (the event) is a great way for families to come and enjoy the day.”

Sabri Sisman, also of Apollo Beach, agreed. The April 13 event was the first for him and his family.

“This is a really, really cool opportunity,” he said, as he got his specialty, shark-shaped kite aloft in the skies overhead. “(The organizers) did an awesome job.”

Across the beach, Charles McArthur, of Ruskin, was equally impressed.

“I grew up flying paper kites in Miami in the ’50s,” he said. “I like the simple things in life, being outdoors and doing something so therapeutic.”

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Teegan Yaeckel, 3, beams at her mother Cathy as she shows off her kite at the Kite Fest April 13.
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Sabri Sisman’s distinctive specialty kite impressed Kite Fest visitors, including the Apollo Beach resident’s 2-year-old son Emyre and wife, Allyson.
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People of all ages, including these two women, shown here making their first attempt to get a colorful Mickey Mouse kite aloft, attended this year’s Kite Fest.
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Community volunteer john Sullivan cooks a batch of free hot dogs for Kite Fest participants April 13. This is his second year of doing so for the event.
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The Kite Fest, hosted by the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee, takes place annually at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, 6760 Surfside Blvd.
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