CELINA — Area residents have the opportunity to kick back and relax on Sunday, participating in a classic outdoor activity at annual church festival.
St. John Lutheran Church, 1100 N. Main St., Celina, or the Purple Door Church, will host its fifth annual Kite Festival from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. The free festival entails kite-flying for all ages, a moonwalk and a meal. St. John Lutheran Church Director of Equipping Ministries Andrea Kuehne said the event was started to give area residents a relaxing, worry-free event when they needed it most.
“The first year we started it was when the recession hit hard, and we wanted something to get people out and offer something free to have a fun day in the midst of really depressing things going on in the world and in the economy,” Kuehne said. “We’ve done it every year since then.”
The festival kicks off at 3 p.m. with kite flying, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own kites and lawn chairs and enjoy the afternoon.
“We have kites available for people who don’t have kites, or you can bring your own,” Kuehne said.
“Some people make their own kites. There’s a lot of different options.”
A kite contest will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with titles awarded to Best Homemade Kite, Biggest Kite, Most Original Kite, Oldest Kite Flyer and Youngest Kite Flyer. Judging will be held at 5 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the kite-flying activities will be canceled, and dinner will still be served at its scheduled time.
A moonwalk will be available for children to play in, and the St. John Flying Team will showcase remote control helicopters from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Family Life Center.
Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We have a pig that’s been donated, and on Friday night (tonight) we’ll be pulling the pork, so it’ll all be fresh pulled pork,” Kuehne said. “We’ll also have hot dogs, chips, potato salad and drinks.”
Attendees will also be treated to a special desert, Kuehne added.
“The St. John Builders have an annual ice cream social in July, and they’ve become famous for their homemade ice cream,” she said. “On Saturday, they’ll be making their homemade ice cream, so we’ll have that for desert.”
She noted the Kite Festival draws a good crowd.
“A lot of our church members come, but people from the community also come,” she said. “In fact, a lot of times we’ll have people that are just driving on (Ohio) 127 just stop and watch the kite flying all day because we have this big field and you can see the kites up there. There’s plenty of running space. It’s been real fun.”
The Kite Festival, Kuehne said, is a relaxing event for area residents.
“It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” she said. “You can forget about your worries and do something simple like flying a kite and enjoy some really good food and enjoy Spring. It’s supposed to be a really good day.”