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Thousands Flock to Delaware Kite Festival

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LEWES, Del. - Hundreds of kites filled the air above the Cape Henlopen State Park for the 46th annual Delaware Kite Festival. Despite some chilly winds, the Lewes Chamber of Commerce said that more than 3,000 people came for the event. They said the event meant more than just fun though, telling WBOC that it creates a large economic boom each year.

In the air, various kites could be seen from a multi-colored pelican to a gigantic Garfield, and everything in between.

Lindsey Levis of Lewes helped her son fly a tiny turtle kite, that could fit in the palm of her hand. She said this represented the start of the season for locals.

"This sort of marks our beginning of the Spring," she said. "And we get really excited to come every year. The kids are off. This is their first day off since Spring Break so we try to come every year."

Betsy Reamer of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce said that the event was crucial for the coastal economy.

"They're from Pennsylvania, they're from Maryland, they're from DC," she said about the visitors. "And we have people that come every year. And they come and stay in the hotels, they go to the restaurants, they bring business to the area. And after the long winter we've had, it's very nice for the businesses to have all the people here."
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