Go fly a kite!

The third annual Kite Festival is back on Saturday, June 13, honoring Ben Franklin’s kite experiment.

This is really a day for the kid in all of us — and with the afternoon winds being what they are, we anticipate good kite-flying weather.

The day starts off at 11 a.m. with a free kids’ movie, courtesy the Liberty Theatre. If you miss the movie, then come to Centennial Park at 12:30 p.m. for the Renaissance and Pirate Kid’s Parade that will take place along the Riverwalk. Viewers can watch the costumed attendees from a place on the Overlook or the footbridge, or from the Riverwalk, as the youngsters march to Town Park. There will be prizes for best costumes, fun giveaways, and the crowning of the king and queen of the Kid’s Parade.

If you’re too old for the parade, then start your festivities at 12:45 p.m. in Town Park, when the official kite signup begins. The schedule for kite flying is as follows: 1:30 p.m. — children 7 and younger; 2:30 p.m. — ages 8-12; 3:30 p.m. — ages 13-17; and 4:30 p.m. — ages 18 and up.

There will also be music all day long and activities including the bounce house and slide. There will be a limited number of free kites given out. Numerous prizes will be awarded for best homemade kite, longest flying kite, best crash and more. Admission is free to all Kite Festival activities.

Saturday, June 13, is really a great family day all around. Get out, take the family to Town Park for some terrific free and inexpensive fun, and let us do the entertaining. We look forward to seeing participants of all ages at the Kite Festival and Community Picnic in the Park.