OSWEGO, NY – The skies over historic Fort Ontario were filled with rain – and kites on Saturday.
Dozens of people, young and old, braved the elements to take part in the annual event.
Several crafters, artists, artisans and others hunkered down outside the landmark until the skies cleared.
Bill Coons, a member of the New York Kite Enthusiasts (NYKE), said Fort Ontario is perhaps the best place in the state to fly a kite, except Saturday.
“There is a lot of wind,” he said. “However, it is swirling around and come down, shoving a lot of the kites down. I am trying to find a spot where the wind is more calm.”
Oswego’s Savannah Familo found the right spot to launch her kite.
The nine-year-old’s kite soared about 50 feet into the air and nearly a whole football field away from her.
However, as it crossed the fort’s parking lot (shades of Charlie Brown) – it veered sharply to the right and downward, into the branches of a tree.
A couple of gentle tugs, and she freed the kite from the branches.
“It was more fun letting it out than it is rolling it back up again,” she said as she wound up more than 300 feet of kite string.
Fort Ontario is the only state park that has kite flying in its mission.
During the afternoon, people could also stop by the AmeriCorps table and create a card to be sent to members of the Armed Forces serving overseas. Thy could make a “Thank You” card or a special Christmas card.
A DJ supplied the musical entertainment.
Visitors could also make reservations for the fort’s annual Ghost Tours in October.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in Oswego.
For more information on Fort Ontario or the festival, contact Paul Lear at [email protected]