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Bracing heavy winds, skies prove limitless for Wrightsville Beach kite enthusiasts

Kids enjoyed playing with this low-flying kite on Saturday. Kids enjoyed playing with this low-flying kite on Saturday.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - When summer comes to an end, kite flying weather usually does, too.

Yet the unseasonably warm fall proved to be beneficial Saturday, allowing the day to be perhaps one of the last for folks to enjoy setting their kites skyward.

People from all over the country visited Wrightsville Beach Saturday for its annual Kite Festival, with Michael Agner as the event's organizer.

"Once you buy a kite, the wind is free and you get to go out on the beach and enjoy it," said Agner.

2011 marks the seventh year for the festival.

Matt Woodruff drove more than 100 miles to fly his kite today.

"I like the colors," Woodruff said, laughing. "That's what first got me intrigued by the kites."

The biggest issue kite enthusiasts faced Saturday was the wind. Agner said the wind gusted up to 30 miles per hour, which isn't always a good thing.

"The kites are kind of pricey and expensive and there's a chance on a day like today you could tear them," Agner said.

The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, and Agner has higher standards in mind for the weather, hoping it will be a little less windy.

He said that means they'll be able to bring out some of the bigger kites.

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