|photo by Karlyn H. Lewis|
SOLANO COUNTY, CA — "Bay breezes, grassy hills, and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park’s 6th Annual Kite Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All you need to bring are your kites and kin. All ages and ability levels are welcome. The festival is free, and parking is only $5. Your family can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while watching the kites.
"National Kite Month is March 29 to May 4. Lynch Canyon’s annual kite festival is the legacy of its founder, Mike Rydjord (September 8, 1946 – November 2, 2013), who enjoyed helping first-timers get airborne and discussing technique with more experienced flyers. Rydjord’s involvement was a natural fit since he was a C-5 and US Airways pilot and a flight instructor at Travis AFB; He loved the air, the wind, and the land.
|photo by Dave Reider|
"People around the world have been flying kites for centuries. Kites have been used to fight evil spirits, bless harvests, carry messages, advance science, win wars, learn about wind and weather, teach kids about science, and last but not least, to bring joy. Learn more about kiting and its history, and how to get started as a novice at www.nationalkitemonth.org.
DETAILS: Bring your own kite, food, and water. The festival is free; parking is $5 per vehicle.
Lynch Canyon is at 3100 Lynch Road, near McGary Road, between Vallejo and Fairfield. To get there from I-80, exit at American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke or Red Top Road, and follow the signs to Lynch Canyon. (Map at http://goo.gl/maps/sw9kc.) Bring the whole family when you visit, but leave the pets at home as they are not allowed due to wildlife and free-range cattle ranching.
"Lynch Canyon is owned by Solano Land Trust and, thanks to support from Solano County Parks, is now open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round."
Other highlights of the season ahead at Lynch Canyon:
March 16: Full Moon Hike http://conta.cc/LTsd8u
May 3: Kite Festival
June 7: Trail Run and Community Hike
July 4: Fireworks Viewing Hike http://conta.cc/NDgj48
ed.: This festival is a ways off, but you need to have advance notice in order to build your high-flying kite!!!