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Reach for the Sky

together harmoniously. The kites were literally dancing in
the air to music and with the wind.

John Farrell,

a retired engineer from Fort Collins, Colorado, didn't
expect to be an expert kite flyer, but passion can come
unexpectedly. John was on a family vacation in Long
Beach, Washington in August of 2005 when he decided
to check out the Washington State International Kite
Festival. What he discovered was more than a field full
of cloth flags flying in the air; he found art, magic, and
daring feats. Thousands of kites filled the skies. Kite flyers
were guiding 120 feet tall kites into the air more than 200
feet overhead, and sport kites in large teams were flying

Since his first kite flying festival, John has acquired more
than 100 kites in his own collection. You can find him flying
his kites at local parks like Spring Canyon, Fossil Creek, and
Twin Silo Community Parks, and even indoors at Northside
Aztlan Community Center. He has dedicated kites that are
made specifically for flying indoors, and he uses his own
body movement to create wind so the kites can fly. John
has even dabbled in making his own kites which he uses to
perform with at various kite festivals.

"Kite flying offers people like me a
chance to shine. If there is a large,
beautiful kite in the sky, people
gather and want to watch," says
Farrell. "Kite flyers like attention.
That's part of the reason we fly."
John also keeps up on his flying to promote a healthy
lifestyle. "I use my body and my mind for hours at a time
to keep kites in the air. It's a great way for me to keep my
body moving and healthy."


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