YORK - The crowd was small and the wind was large for the second Kite Night of the summer at Mincks Park in northeast York.

Reegon Cast and Kaija Alexander from the Rec staff hosted a handful of kite flying beginners and one veteran pilot on an evening in which the expert, York resident Ernie Harris, proclaimed the breeze to be a bit more aggressive than is optimal for a relaxing night of soaring across the sky.

Harris, who moved from Lexington a year ago to be nearer grandkids, has been flying kites since he was a kid himself. Wednesday he had a number of his dazzling models high in the air and staked to the ground.

“I love to fly them,” he said, his face sporting a decidedly kid-like grin.

Harris has flown kites at countless locations over the years, including the annual festival hosted each summer at Callaway.

One of the enthusiastic beginners, Manat Abdelgani, 8, from Lincoln, piloted her kite, provided by Parks and Rec, high into the wind where she encountered a problem. The kite, even though small, nonetheless had plenty of power to drag Manat across the expansive grass of the park as the diminutive youngster hollered “Help!” a couple times while struggling to keep up.

A full slate of activities remain on the schedule for the balance of the summer. For more information visit yorkparksandrec.org.

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