Photo by Shawn Nowlin
Festivalgoers Samone Lewis, Preston Lewis and Peyton Lewis.

 (Published on April 27, 2017) On Saturday, April 15, Salem’s Green Hill Park was filled with thousands of kite lovers who gathered for the 19th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival. Once again hosted by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce and presented by Kroger, the event lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking was free as well as admission.

Weather usually always plays a factor with outdoor events, and except for about 40 minutes, there were no issues this year. “I noticed some clouds building up rapidly about 1 p.m. I then got a call from the Salem Parks & Rec Department putting us on alert,” Will Smoot, a member of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, said. “Once lightning was near, we asked everyone to pull their kites down. Fortunately, no one got injured and we just waited out the…

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