Hoosier Kitefliers Society


The Hoosier Kitefliers Society promotes kiting by planning and coordinating kite activities, kite workshops, and kite demonstrations in conjunction with other community events. Please explore this website to learn more and plan to attend one or more of our activities. If you need more information, use our contact page to get in touch with one of our leaders.

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A volunteer helps children build a kite at an HKS workshop during a kite festival in Shipshewana.

The Windjammers International Kite team performs at a kite festival in Shipshewana.

HKS set up a kite display at the Indiana State Museum for Father's Day, 2011.

HKS member Dick Claycomb coaches relatively new member Peggy Farlow on dual-line sport kite flying.

A rokkaku kite custom-sewn by an HKS member.

Some Merritt Beck kites on display at the annual Merritt Beck Memorial Fun Fly

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Colorful kites set to soar at Kite Komotion festival in Shipshewana

Shipshewana Kite Komotion Festival Bigger than Ever


More kites than ever will be in the air in Shipshewana for the Kite Komotion festival April 27. A sizable contingent from the Wisconsin Kiters kite club plans to bring their fantastic single-line display kites to add to the big kites Daryl Waters has flown for the past two years.

In addition, the Hoosier Kitefliers Society kite workshop team is geared up to help as many as 400 children create their own sled kites.

The WindJammers International Kite team will return this year, with their stacks of Dyna Kite diamond-shaped dual-line sport kites.

Pairs teams Fire and Ice and Blues Brothers will also perform. Fire and Ice, comprised of Kathy Brinnehl and Paul Koepke, won the 2012 national championship in the master's pairs category. Paul won the 2012 national championship in the experienced individual ballet category. Spencer Schubbe and American Kitefliers Association Regional Director Steve Rothwell make up the Blues Brothers team.

Solo kite ballet fliers Dan Newman and Mark Ledvina will also perform. Plus, Dave "Mr. Incredible" Bush will fly his enormous "Thor's Hammer" 13-foot-wide delta sport kite.

For spectators who want to try their own hands at sport kite flying, Kite Komotion will include a free "learn to fly" field. HKS expert instructors will loan sport kites to beginners and teach them how to fly.

Dan Newman's kite will drop a bag full of candy from the sky onto eager kids waiting below. Kids will also love the array of bubbles created by bubble experts Tom and Kathy Deck.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 760 S. Van Buren St. (behind Hostetler's Hudson Museum), Shipshewana, Indiana. For more information, contact Laurie Sherck of festival sponsor Head Over Heels: 260-768-7764 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HKS influence reaches to Africa

HKS member Missy Orr, who is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, recently conducted a kids' kite-building workshop in Senegal and made quite an impression, not only on the kids but her fellow Peace Corps volunteers, as well. Read about it in a blog one of her fellow volunteers wrote.

Used SLKs offered to HKS members

Roller kite from estate saleA member of Illinois Kite Enthusiasts (IKE) bought a collection of dozens of large, single-line kites from the widow of a kite flier. The IKE member is now selling off parts of the collection and is offering IKE and HKS members first choice of the available kites before he starts listing them on national forums.

The IKE member specifically asked that HKS members be informed of this opportunity. For more information, follow this link to the appropriate forum thread on the IKE website.

Cincinnati Airwaves kite fest canceled

Airwaves KiteFest logoOrganizers of the Airwaves Kite Festival in Cincinnati have canceled the annual April event. In an email message, Chris Phelps of Cincinnati Public Radio wrote, "Due to ongoing construction at Voice of America Park as well as the loss of our presenting sponsor WGUC has decided that we cannot go forward with organizing and presenting the Airwaves KiteFest in the upcoming years."

"This was a difficult and sad decision for us," Phelps continued, "especially because of all the wonderful friends we have made over the years."

Chris Phelps
Cincinnati Public Radio

One Sky One World Fly Photos Online

One Sky One World logoPhotos from the rescheduled One Sky, One World fun fly in Fort Wayne Oct. 21, 2012 are available in the the photo gallery on this website.

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