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Go Fly a Kite: Here's How to Do it Right

Patch has pieced together tips for getting your kite off the ground and keeping it in the air.

It's National Kite Month. If you drive past a local park, you can see people on the ground holding strings that attach to kites they have successfully launched into the air. Last weekend, my two kids and I were among those people.

But flying a kite isn't always the easiest thing to do. There are tips, though to help your kite get into the air and stay there.

Single line kites are the ones you see the most often. They are sometimes diamond or delta shaped and have one string that attaches to the kite. Here are the tips we found on the National Kite Month Web site.

  1. Stand with your back to the wind. If the wind is right, you might not even have to run to get the kite in the air.
  2. Adding tails to your kite helps it to stay aloft even in strong winds.
  3. If you have a helper and a light wind, have them stand downwind and hold the kite above their heads.
  4. If you tangle lines with another kite, don't yank the line or it might break. Fliers should walk together and the tangle will slide right down the line to where you can unwrap it.

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