The 41st Annual Smithsonian Kite Festival on the grounds of the Washington Monument
offered kite displays and demonstrations, as well as competitions for hundreds of fliers:
a handmade kite competition, a traditional Rokkaku kite battle and the third annual Smithsonian
Hot Tricks competition, which rewarded kite acrobatics.
The temperature was in the upper 60s, the sky was blue, and the winds were constant, which helped
the kites soar.
Awards were given in more than 36 categories; top prizes were also given.
Erica Nguyen, 12, of Arlington, Va., who came to the festival for the fun
of it, displays the kite she made with best friend Ilana Brody, 11.
Photos and text by Newsline's Jacqueline Strause
Published April 20, 2007