September 28 is Confucius Birthday! As we prepared to join friends for a celebration dinner of Shandong cuisine I have memories of visiting Qufu in Shandong Province 25 years ago after a fantastic adventure to Beijing, the Great Wall of China, and to the objective of the trip the 4th International Kite Festival at Weifang, China. After short visit to China in 1984 I returned for my second trip to China in 1987 and I traveled as a member of the American Kitefliers delegation to the 4th Weifang International Kite Festival.
The city of Weifang is regarded as the founding place of Kiteflying and is the host city for the Chinese National Kiteflying Competition. In the early 1980s David Checkly of Seattle began to work on developing the connection between American Kitefliers and the event and he began taking Americans to China to particpate in this event. After assisting David organize Japanese kite exhibits at the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival for several years I was finally able to join his group and go to China in 1987. Jim and Kay Buesing of Long Beach Kites decided to fly a kite they made in the competition and asked me if I wanted to fly another kite they brought to the event (a high tech “Marshall Delta Kite”). So at the last minute I entered the competition with the Delta Kite and it ended up winning one of the Top Ten Best Kites in the World award!