Community Kite Day returns to Clinton Township May 4

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 9, 2019

 Christian Walker flies his kite at Prince Drewry Park in Clinton Township during last year’s Community Kite Day event. This year’s event is May 4.

Christian Walker flies his kite at Prince Drewry Park in Clinton Township during last year’s Community Kite Day event. This year’s event is May 4.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When it comes to the annual Community Kite Day event in Clinton Township, Gerrie Brown always speaks about it with excitement.

Now in its 13th year, the event has blossomed into a true family-friendly event for those near and far. Last year, the event was held on a Saturday afternoon in April and turned out to be cold and rainy.

“We still had over 600 people come to that event,” Brown said.

This year’s rain-or-shine event will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Prince Drewry Park, 22055 Quinn Road. Last year, due to the weather, participants were invited inside the gym at Robbie Hall Parker Elementary and still had a ball.

The event is sponsored by the Clinton Township and Mount Clemens Optimist Clubs, Clintondale Community Schools and the Macomb Intermediate School District.

Brown believes the event is successful because everything is free. The event features a petting zoo, train rides, a DJ, giveaways and more. Pre-registration is not required, but families register when they arrive, and they receive free hot dogs, snacks, beverages and, of course, kites.

No pets are allowed, and attendees must bring their own blankets and chairs.

This year will be a little different, however, as the event will be held later in the spring in the hope for a better chance of sunshine.

“If the weather is really nice, (more people could) show up because it’s free and a nice time to be with family,” Brown said. “People from every city in Macomb County are represented, and there’s even some from Oakland County.”

Brown says there are always at least 350 or 400 children — many of whom start lining up for activities one hour before the event actually starts. She notices first-time visitors every year.

“It just seems like people catch on to it,” she said. “It’s been consistent and also increasing as well because of the activities mainly,” she said. “When it’s over at 3 p.m., people are still there enjoying themselves. It’s just wonderful.”

For more information, contact Brown at gerrieb120@comcast.net.

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