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Convention & Visitors Bureau blown away by Kite Fest popularity

Written by Aaron Williams on . Posted in Local

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Kite Fest Louisiane once again soared, making its name known in Port Allen on April 5-7.

Sharon Stam, executive director of West Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Friday morning that though about half the students were able to participate in the first day of the festival compared to last year, the weather promised to hold better fortunes for the rest of the weekend.

Stam said on Tuesday afternoon that Saturday and Sunday of the 3-day fest saw the most people they have ever had in a weekend.

“It was unbelievable,” she said, adding that they estimated the weekend’s crowd to be around 20,000 people. “It was amazing. you could not have found another piece of property to put a kite on.”

Stam said that the weather was “just perfect,” and allowed the biggest Kite Fest in its history to take place.

“We were just blown away by it,” she said.

The Kite Fest Louisiane 2013 was the ninth annual festival of kites in Port Allen. The fest won 2011 Louisiana Festival of the Year, and was the catalyst for West Baton Rouge Parish being officially named the kite capital of Louisiana.

Kite Fest 2013 Award winners were as follows:

Saturday -

1st Place – Trevon Cooper - Kentwood

2nd Place - Kealyn Wang – Baton Rouge

3rd Place - Brynn O’day - Baton Rouge

Honorable Mention

Kamryn Guy – Baton Rouge

Bracely Morin – Livonia

Sunday -

1st Place - Blake Chutz – Jarreau

2nd Place - Katie Luckett – Prairieville

3rd Place - Abigayle Mitchell – Prairieville

Honorable Mention

Corynn Picard – Brusly

Gabbi Toliver – St. Gabriel

Elizabeth Tullier – Baton Rouge

Tony Truxxillo – Port Allen

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