May 24, 2005 > Family Kite Day draws thousands
Family Kite Day draws thousands
Thousands of kite enthusiasts filled Newark's Silliman Recreation Complex field enjoying a pleasant Saturday afternoon, May 14 for the 5th Annual Family Kite Day. The crowd, estimated at 2,500 - 3,000 happy kids, parents and kite enthusiasts, watched the "Fantasy on Strings" puppet show and Magician Ryan Adler who donated his time to the event. Sketchy the Clown, dancing kites, giant kites, free games, bounce houses, face painting, and candy drops also filled a busy afternoon. Adventurous souls experienced virtual hang gliding courtesy of the Soaring Center of Milpitas.
The Newark Fire Department was on hand with their Fire Safety House and visitors were able to inspect some old-fashioned fire and ambulance equipment. During the afternoon, the Newark Police K-9 unit stopped by to answer questions and allow people to personally meet the newest team to join the ranks.
A special thanks to Master of Ceremonies, John Juarez of Prudential California Realty who directed the crowd's attention to various activities as music filled the air and breezes perfect for kites complimented bright sunshine. Some camped out on blankets with picnic lunches while others flocked to visit with Newark firefighters from Local 1483 for grilled hamburgers and hot dogs or the Newark Soccer Club food booth. As the afternoon progressed, the Gary Chulla Quartet added smooth jazz sounds to the festivities.
This event is hosted by founding sponsors What's Happening's Tri-City Voice and Scenario Game and Hobby Shoppe in collaboration with the City of Newark. Contributing business members included Dale Hardware, La Pinata Mexican Restaurants and Budget Carpet and Floor Covering.