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Rockfish Valley Kite Festival Goes Off In Spite Of Cloudy, Cool & Windy Weather : 4.11.09

Photo By Yvette Stafford : ©2009 NCL Magazine : Richard Averitt of Nellysford, ducks as son Quinn launches his kite into the sky at Saturday's Rockfish Valley Kite Festival. Click on any image for larger view. [1]

Photo By Yvette Stafford : ©2009 NCL Magazine : Richard Averitt of Nellysford, ducks as son Quinn launches his kite into the sky at Saturday's Rockfish Valley Kite Festival. Click on any image for larger view.

Near Nellysford
Nelson County, Virginia

All photos ©2009 NCL Magazine
The sky sometimes looked as though it might rain and the temperatures were not exactly Spring like as a cool and gusty northerly wind blew. But, the crazy weather didn’t stop lots of folks from turning out for the first Rockfish Valley Kite Festival [2]this past Saturday just south of Nellysford, Virginia “I don’t think it’s snowed today, but it’s done everything else,” Peter Agelasto chuckles. Peter founded The Rockfish Valley Foundation [3] that organized the event.

Richard works with Quinn to make sure the kite stays aloft. [4]

Richard works with Quinn to make sure the kite stays aloft.

Thanks to Ann Strober and Yvette Stafford for grabbing some of these shots. ” I used to have kites when I was living in Savannah and we would fly them all the time,” says Richard Averitt of Nellysford. He and his family came out Saturday to fly kites at the festival. One of the kites he was flying with son Quinn was a stunt kite named The Cherry Bomb. “It’s pretty easy to fly and it doesn’t need a lot of wind, and it can take a lot of crashes, which is why we have it,” Richard laughs.

Photo By Ann Strober : ©2009 NCL Magazine : A youngster runs to launch her kite into the air! [5]

Photo By Ann Strober : ©2009 NCL Magazine : A youngster runs to launch her kite into the air!

By Ann Strober : Several parents and youngsters launch their kites over Spruce Creek Saturday afternoon. [6]

By Ann Strober : Several parents and youngsters launch their kites over Spruce Creek Saturday afternoon.

“Our goal is to bring the community together. And what better way to learn about the weather than by flying a kite. Benjamin Franklin taught us a thing or two about that,” Peter continues. He and his wife Betsy were part of a large kit flying organization years ago in Virginia Beach. Peter hopes to create similar enthusiasm here with the kite festival.

By Yvette Stafford : Another young girl runs as fast as she can to get her kite into the air. [7]

By Yvette Stafford : Another young girl runs as fast as she can to get her kite into the air.

By Yvette Stafford : In addition to the standard type of kites, there were some pretty unusual ones too! [8]

By Yvette Stafford : In addition to the standard type of kites, there were some pretty unusual ones too!

By Yvette Stafford : This young man studies his technique as his kits climbs into the sky. [9]

By Yvette Stafford : This young man studies his technique as his kits climbs into the sky.

By Yvette Stafford : Peter says he is pleased with the turnout of Saturday's first kite festival and hopes to make it even larger in the future. [10]

By Yvette Stafford : Peter says he is pleased with the turnout of Saturday's first kite festival and hopes to make it even larger in the future.