Kite festival planned at Dorey Park

Hundreds of kites will fill the skies over eastern Henrico on Saturday, March 5 as part of the activities at the "Kite Festival and the Tastes and Sounds of Henrico." The free event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road (rain date is Sunday, March 6).

Part of Henrico's yearlong commemoration of the county's 400th anniversary, the festival is hosted by the Richmond Air Force Kite Club and the county's Division of Recreation and Parks. Dominion Resources is sponsoring the event.

The "Kite Festival and the Tastes and Sounds of Henrico" will feature kite-flying demonstrations, tethered hot air balloon rides and a mass effort at 1 p.m. to fly 2,011 kites simultaneously. Children ages 12 and under will receive free kites, while supplies last. Older participants are encouraged to bring their own kites or may purchase one at the event.

The festival also will include a variety of entertainment for the entire family. Children can enjoy a petting zoo, games and other activities. Henrico County Public Schools will host an activity area with student choir and band performances, high school mascots and an art exhibit. The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association will hold a live exhibit. Local artists such as Susan Greenbaum, Bak N Da Day and The Taters will perform live music. American and international vendors will offer a variety of foods for sale.

Dominion, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, will present free safety demonstrations throughout the day and provide information about Dominion Green Power, a voluntary program that enables customers to help the environment by supporting renewable energy.

For details about the kite festival and other upcoming 400th anniversary commemoration events, call (804) 501-1611 or visit http://www.henrico400th.com.
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