WASHINGTON, D.C. - Not since Benjamin Franklin headed out in a lightning storm has kite-flying been so closely linked with electricity. Energy company Exelon Corporation and electric utility Pepco are pleased to sponsor the 2015 Blossom Kite Festival, one of the District's most popular annual events, attracting kite enthusiasts from across the U.S. and around the world.
Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Blossom Kite Festival takes place on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the National Mall located at Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, N.W. The event is free to the public. "Just in time for spring, the Blossom Kite Festival offers outdoor fun and entertainment for families in the District and beyond, and we are honored to be a part of it," said Melissa Sherrod, Exelon vice president of corporate affairs. "Children and adults alike should bring their creativity and innovation to these hands-on activities."
Visitors to the Blossom Kite Festival will be treated to activity tents where children can make kites, decorate bookmarks and wind socks, receive lessons from experienced kite-fliers and visit the Kite Doctor to repair damaged or broken kites. Families can also get expert advice and practice new skills.
"The Cherry Blossom Festival brings together Washington area residents and those touring our great city to celebrate spring," said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president.
"The National Cherry Blossom Festival is thrilled to have Pepco and Exelon's engagement as the Presenting sponsors of the Blossom Kite Festival, an annual tradition and one of the most beloved events of the Festival, said Dianna Mayhew, president National Cherry Blossom Festival. "This support enables the Festival to continue present events such as this Free and for local residents and visitors to enjoy."
Pepco and Exelon are presenting sponsors of the festival's Youth Kite Makers Competition from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children up to age 15 will have the opportunity to compete individually or in teams by flying kites they make themselves, with first, second and third place prizes in multiple age categories.
Exelon and Pepco proposed merging their companies in April 2014. Among the many commitments the companies have made to benefit Pepco customers and their communities are maintaining Pepco's local presence in the community and providing average annual charitable giving of more than $1.6 million - Pepco's 2013 giving - for 10 years following the merger. Learn more at www.PHITomorrow.com.
Major attractions at the Blossom Kite Festival include the precision flying and thrilling aerial maneuvers of the Rokkaku Battle and Hot Tricks Showdown. The Rokkaku Battle features hexagonal-shaped fighter kites commonly flown in Japan and now in many other parts of the world. In the battle, teams of kite fliers compete to cut or ground opposing kites.
The Hot Tricks Showdown is a competition in which multi-line kite fliers engage in a series of one-on-one competitions and maneuver their sport kites in amazing flight patterns during 30 seconds of music. The winners are selected by audience applause.