Inaugural Victoria kite festival shaping up

The event features public kite flying, special events with professional flyers and family activities.

Professional kite flyers from around North America will converge at Clover Point on the May 31 weekend for the inaugural Victoria International Kite Festival.

The event features public kite flying, special events with professional flyers, children’s kite making and family activities.

The festival supports charities HeadWay Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre.

Among the notable kite flyers attending the festival is Connor Doran, a finalist from America’s Got Talent TV show who is also an epilepsy spokesman. Also attending is Ray Bethell, the No. 1 multi-kite flyer in the world along with Dale Ray of Washington State, flyer and owner of the largest collections of giant inflatable creature kites in North America.