Tulsa Wind Riders
5th Annual Festival of Kites
May 9 -10, 1998
by Collette Lemons
Friday was a beautiful day; we set up the field and waited for the early kite
fliers to get here so we could have our traditional brownie and beer bash. This year we
added chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies. It was a nice time and the bonus
is, the leftovers get to be breakfast the next morning.
Saturday was the absolute opposite of Friday; it didnt just rain, it poured. We
stood around most of the day just having a good time catching up on all the gossip and
creating a little just to keep it interesting. We managed to get three competitors
finished before giving it up for the day. There was nothing left to do but socialize a
little more. There was one vendor that we cant praise more.
The indoor fly started around 5:00 p.m. at the Henthorn Community Center. It was a good
time, we had our auction, Dennis Phillips did a great job as the auctioneer. We presented
Richard and Marti Dermer with T-shirts for all the support they have given us over the
years. They brought their Miniature Kite Collection and it was very popular for the
spectators. The kids (big and small) had a great time chasing mini Frisbees and
boomerangs. We flew kites in one half the gym and played basketball in the other. That was
an interesting combination, but it went together very well and they all had a great time.
I had the best Mother's Day ever, and I think all 48 of my kids are very special. I
would like to thank all the moms out there who let me have their kids on this special day.
Sunday came and so did the sun. We managed to get all the competition finished. Dennis
Phillips and Cliff Lemons took turns announcing for the event. Dennis kept the spectators
involved with games and keeping them informed of the maneuvers and the kites being flown.
We were disappointed that Dick and Gail Bell couldnt stay long. We look forward to
seeing them longer next year.
We had the Rokkaku Battle, but Cliff decided not to enter this year so everyone in the
battle were new teams with the exception of theTaylors. The traveling trophy went to John
Lemons and James Sherrod flying Richard Dermer's Rokkaku. It was a good battle and they
played hard at it. Cliff said he taught them everything they know, but not everything he
knows. Next year when everyone can be here we will have a great battle.
There is one competition item I would like to mention, Quadline Ballet. In all the time
I have been working the scores on this event, never have I seen a score like Aaron
McCully's. (I promised Dennis and Tony that I wouldnt tell you Aaron is from Austin,
TX., so I wont.) He received a total score of -47 points. It was mentioned the
score could have been worse but one of the judges lost track of the crashes.
I would like to thank everyone who volunteered this weekend. It gave me time to visit
with people. I would like to especially thank Dennis Phillips and Cliff Lemons for an
excellent job of announcing, Tracy Taylor for helping with the score keeping, Larry Stiles
and Jay Maas for helping to sort my wind blown papers, Steve Thomason, Paul Taylor,
Tomarra Taylor, Richard Dermer, Troy Gunn, Shane Snowden and John Grimshaw for judging all
day long. Richard and Marti Dermer for bringing the miniature kites, John Lemons and James
Sherrod for being the secret judges for the single line contest, won by Jug Buckles for
his kite "Fantazmia" . Beth from Oregon for her wonderful animal buttons, Carrie
Lemons for her help keying music. Barbie Raney from the city of Tulsa Parks Dept. for
opening the indoor fly for us, Pam Thomason for setting up Thomason's Sportkites at the
event. Wings-N-Things, and Toms RiverTrail Bicycles for their wonderful donations.
Durrangos for being the only vender brave enough to come out Saturday and stay for
the Kite Fliers. (They make an excellent burger.)
Dennis Phillips won the SWSKL volunteer award. I did learn one thing this year, it is a
hard decision to decide who volunteered the most, and I just want to give hugs and kisses
to everyone who came and worked so hard to make Tulsa the great event it is.
I would also like to mention that Dennis Phillips and Friends made the Tulsa Event
T-shirts this year and I owe them a huge thank you for their hard work.
A huge Thanks to all my sponsors, Revolution, Thomason Sport Kites, AJ Horn,
Pauls Stunt Kites, Precision Kites, KaleidoKites, Paul Aldridge, Toms
RiverTrail Bicycles, Wings-N-Things, Channel 6 KOTV, Marti & Richard Dermer, Round
Rock Kite Club, Tony McCreedy, Jug Buckles, John Lemons, Pam Thomason. You all helped make
this a special time for everyone and we all would like to say Thank you.