Mon, Oct 09 - Sat, Oct 14 2017

2017 AKA Annual Convention & Competition,

Ocean City, Maryland, United States Ocean City, Maryland, United States

  • About the event

    The AKA was founded in 1964, but it wasn’t until 1978 that the organization held its first convention in Ocean City, Maryland. Now, 40 years later, the AKA is excited to celebrate by returning to Ocean City to fly on the same beach where it all started so long ago. The dreams of those kite pioneers will be flying high this October 9-14.

    As a flying location, the Ocean City beach has been declared by some to be “The Kiteflying Capital of the World” due to its wide beach, regular winds, and the community’s support of kiteflying. Attendees can fly into the local Salisbury/Ocean City airport or drive down from Washington or Baltimore. The kiteflying will be held on the beach between the Kite Loft and our host hotel, The Park Place. There is a wide range of other accommodations within an easy walk.

    Ocean City has a modern convention center just a few miles from the flying fields. Convention registrants will be able to take a free shuttle to and from the convention center simply by showing their registration badges. At the center, we will hold our auction, banquets, and meetings. There is a great indoor flying facility for Wednesday night which is something you won’t want to miss. On Thursday night, the Fly Market will open with new fanfare as many kite manufacturers have agreed to set up their booths to display what’s new for 2018.

    Every morning there will be an amazing choice of workshops held in four rooms for two sessions: 9:00-10:15 and 10:30-11:45. We are lucky to have such a generous community of artists who are volunteering time to share their kite passion with convention attendees. All workshops are free to registered attendees only. Some classes require that you bring your own materials while others offer the option of buying materials at the workshop. The list is subject to change, and an actual schedule (plus a materials list) will be published online no later than September 1, 2017. Go to www.kite.org for more details.

    Last but not least, every afternoon there will be lots of kiteflying. In addition to the competitions and mass-ascensions, there will be space for show kites and demonstrations. The public will be invited to enjoy the celebration. The Convention Committee has worked hard for the last year to make all this happen and I am honored to have had the time to work with them. I invite  you to come join us. Let’s celebrate our 40th Grand National Convention!

    Phillip Whitaker

    Convention Committee Chairman

    Why should you sponsor?

    The AKA may not be a big organization, but it is mighty! One of the biggest things the AKA has capitalized on is the reach of online exposure.


    By The Numbers:

    1600+ registered members

    Over 4,300 likes on Facebook with 4,100 active followers

    Average daily reach of 3,000 -5,000 unique users

    Average Weekly reach of 10,000+ unique users

    Over 200 unique daily visits to kite.org. (the AKA Official Website)

    All trophy sponsorship's are $125 per discipline.

    Nic O'Neill

    I am the President of the non-profit American Kitefliers Association. 

    Founded in 1964 by the late Robert M. Ingraham of New Mexico, the American Kitefliers Association (AKA) has thousands of members in 25 countries, making it the largest association of kite fliers and kite clubs in the world. Our purpose is to educate the public in the art, history, technology, and practice of building and flying kites - to advance the joys and values of kiting in all nations.

    We strive to promote public awareness of the pleasures and educational opportunities that kites provide. They can remind us about how we interact with our environment and each other. Kites can be a source of community building, breaking down barriers that typically prevent us from interacting. No words are needed to fly a kite!

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  • 251-500 attendees expected

    50% Male Attendees

    50% Female Attendees

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